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James McDaniel


1943 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
James D. McDaniel

James D. McDaniel, age 71, a lifelong resident of Milton, Florida, a devout Christian man, left our presence on Friday, June 13, 2014, to claim the promise of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He entered into Heaven to find rest in the Loving Arms of God.

Jim was born on April 26, 1943, in Brewton, Alabama to James C. and Myrtie McDaniel.

In September of 1966, Jim married the love of his life, Carol Elaine Moss. Together, they have three daughters: Iris Elizabeth, husband Joseph Harrell; Tracy Elaine, husband Jarvis Van Norman; and Rebecca Lynn, husband Christopher Gay. Jim was known as "Paw Paw" to Sarah Elizabeth and Joseph McDaniel "Mac" Harrell, Austin Jarvis and Alexis Elaine Van Norman, Christopher Ryan and Alyssa Rebecca Gay. His six grandchildren meant the world to him.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, one angel grandson, Alexander James Van Norman, as well as his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James Richard and Ruth Elizabeth Moss. He leaves behind one brother, Jerry (wife, Jan) McDaniel, and one sister, Judy (husband, Ed) McFall, sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews who will surely miss "Big Jim" and his loving kindness.

Jim was employed at BellSouth until his retirement in January 2000. Even though he was successful in his career, Jim's true calling was to the ministry. He was an ordained Deacon in the Baptist Church for many years and was granted his license to preach in 2012 by Dr. David Spencer. For the past three years he was a compassionate and devoted pastor, friend and loving shepherd to the Good Hope Congregational Christian Church in Baker, Florida.

Visitation for Jim was held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Milton, Florida, from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. A service immediately followed conducted by Dr. David Spencer. Burial was at Serenity Gardens, Milton.

Lewis Funeral home entrusted with the arrangements.



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Published in Pensacola News Journal on June 18, 2014
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