New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 20, 2019

Danny J. St. Mary


Danny J. St. Mary, 84, of Quinton, VA, passed away April 1, 2018. He was a strong, kind, gentle man who was immediately liked by everyone he met. Danny could be as happy in a shack in the woods as he would be in the grandest of mansions.

For 35 years, he was a field service engineer for Interstate Electronics. After retiring, he worked 10 years for the Virginia Racing Commission. He truly loved horseracing and handicapping the races; sometimes they were good picks and he won money, but sometimes it didn’t quite work out in his favor. For a few years, Danny owned a racehorse named “Yampacala.”

Danny was a musiciaon who greatly enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. In his younger rock star years, he played professionally and was known as “Pelvis Esley.” Over the years, “Pelvis” made many appearances at family weddings and get-togethers.

Danny wore many hats throughout his life, including two terms as president of the Denbigh Exchange Club. He enjoyed the task of heading up Christmas for the needy children event, being a member of the Moose Club for over 35 years. Danny also enjoyed being a winemaker and brew mister in his spare time. Other past times included fishing and being on the water, and especially boating with family and friends. Any time spent with loved ones was a treasure to him. He was the best husband, father, and grandfather (Shag). He even served as the best man in both of his sons’ weddings.

Danny is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 64 years, Shirley D. St. Mary; his children, Tina Goodwin of Ashland, Steven St. Mary (Sharon) of Quinton, and Rick St. Mary (Melissa) of Providence Forge; six grandchildren, Jason St. Mary (Angie), Jessica St. Mary, Joey St. Mary (Lacy), Tyler Goodwin, Davis Goodwin, and Ricky St. Mary; and five great-grandchildren, Jackson Robertson, Jayden St. Mary, Starlett St. Mary, Daniel Ownby, and Layla St. Mary.

A celebration of Danny’s life will be held on Saturday, Apr. 21, 4-7 p.m. in the Dogwood Room (above Third Base Grill) in Quinton, VA. Memorial contributions can be made to your favorite charity.