Carol Lee (C.L) McDaniel, 92, passed away January 8, 2023 at his home after a brief illness.
Carol was a loving husband served his family, community, military honorably and faithfully. He was a WWII Veteran serving in the Occupation Army in Japan in 1947 until released as a Corporal in 1950. He resumed his military career in 1955 by serving in the Kentucky National Guard and eventually the United States Army Reserve. In 1961, 1LT McDaniel was mobilized with Company C, 2nd MTB(P) 123 Armor in Marion, Kentucky during the Berlin Crisis and eventually becoming the commander from 1965-1968. Carol retired in 1982 after 30 years of service as a Major.
Carol’s service did not end with the military. He was an active member of Emmanual Baptist Church and the Senior Citizens Center, where he loved to play pool and tell stories. He worked for Moore’s Business Forms in Marion until its closure. He served as a City Councilman, Court Bailiff, Marion Police Officer, Constable, school bus driver and as a board member of the Clement Mineral Museum. Carol and his wife Wanda of 49.5 years were avid campers, spent winters in Harlingen, TX, enjoyed square dancing and loved taking road trips with the grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda (Hobbs) McDaniel; children, Carol (Bernie) Hunt, Marion; Sherry (Late Eddie)Hendrix, Marion; Randy McDaniel, Madison, TN; Tyrone (Theresa) Hobbs, Ekron, KY; Billy (Sharron) McDaniel, Marion; Sandra Hobbs Tabor, Marion and David (Kelly) McDaniel, Champmansboro, TN; sister, Betty Lynch, Mindoka, IL; Mary Long, Brookport, IL; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eula (Kinnis)and Elmer Lee McDaniel; brothers, Coleman, Kenneth, Calvin, Jackie and sisters, Delta, Vera and Delsie.
Military graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 11 AM at Whites Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Chris Clarke officiating.
The family has established a memorial fund in honor of Carol at the Clement Mineral Museum at www.clementmineralmuseum.org.