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Obituary for Royston Evans Rigdon Daughton

LIFE STORY PREPARED BY HIS LOVING FAMILY: On 23, September, 2022, ROYSTON EVANS DAUGHTON (nee Rigdon, nee King) of Whiteford, Maryland peacefully passed away in his son’s home in Port Orange, Florida. He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Anne Daughton (nee Scott,) and the devoted father of Cynthia Anne (Daughton) Zile, Michael Evans Daughton, Sandra Mae Daughton-Trantham, and the late Robert Ernest Daughton.

He was the honored father-in-law to Brian Zile and Robert Trantham. Loving grandfather to Andrew James Zile, Daniel John Zile, Sarah Marie Zile, Malcolm Franklin Daughton, and his granddaughters-in-law Emily Cathlene Billeci Daubenmire Zile and Ashley Elizabeth Beall. Esteemed great-grandfather to Killian James Daubenmire Zile and Aurora Fae Daubenmire Zile. He is also survived by his dear nephew, David Ronald Daughton.

In addition to his wife and son, he was predeceased in death by his grandmother, Lena Minervia Walbeck Rigdon King, his mother, Lena Annie Rigdon Daughton, his father, William Leslie King, his adopted father Charles Ross Daughton, and two brothers, Wilson Hunt Daughton and Charles Edward Daughton.

Royston Daughton was a long-time resident in Whiteford, Maryland, and the neighboring community in Pylesville, Maryland He was a devoted member of the St. Mary’s of the Assumption, (Pylesvile) Roman Catholic church throughout his life, helping his mother and brother care for the grounds and buildings for several years in his youth. His college education took him to Virginia Tech, Towson University, and Harford Community College. His professional career followed with him completing 52 years in research and development in the aerospace chemical adhesive industry, at the same company, most recently called Cytec Engineered Materials, Inc in Havre de Grace, MD. In addition, his love for his country led to him serving 24 years in the Army National Guard, seeing active duty on occasion throughout his military career. He eventually relocated to Port Orange, Florida to be with his oldest son, and nearer to his youngest daughter, where he could continue his passion for aeronautical science into his retirement, while being closer to the Space Coast and watching rocket launches from his front yard. Finally, he enjoyed many special moments with his family attending mass, as he was able, at the Church of the Epiphany Roman Catholic church near his home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name be made to any of the colleges or parishes listed above or Halifax Hospice Center in Port Orange Florida, in gratitude for the support these organizations once provided Royston and his family.