Derrell  McDaniel
Derrell McDaniel

July 4, 1930 - October 27, 2018
Born in Waresboro, GA
Resided in Waycross, GA
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Mr. Derrell McDaniel, 88, died early Saturday morning (October 27, 2018) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities.

Born July 4, 1930, Alex Derrell McDaniel was the 10th child of 11 children born to Dawson H. and Clara Wilson McDaniel of Waresboro, Ga.

Derrell attended Waresboro schools until the early 1940s, when the family moved to Charleston, SC.

In Charleston, Derrell attended the Chicora Graded School, was enlisted as a Private in the South Carolina State Guards and held various after-school jobs such as News Courier at the Charleston Navy Base, pin setter at a local bowling alley and usher at a local movie theater. He was also paid the gracious sum of $1 and a bag of spearmint candy every three months as payment for singing in the choir at St Michael's Church. After WWII, the family moved back to Waresboro where Derrell finished his formal education and soon took a job as chauffeur for a local prominent business man.

In 1947, Derrell met his future bride, the love of his life, Iva Lee Rozier. Two years later, he and Miss Rozier married on April1, 1949 at the Waresboro Methodist Church. Soon thereafter, Derrell was employed by his uncle, Roy McDaniel, at Waycross Plumbing Company during which time he obtained his Master Plumber License.

In the early 1950's, Derrell, along with friends, Judy and Paul Caplinger formed the original Journeymen Quartet. Over the next few years the Journeymen would achieve much local notoriety performing at Gospel Sings, church and civic functions and appeared on a Jacksonville, Fl television show. In 1962, the Journeymen produced an album entitled, “O Lord. I Believe”.

Derrell operated Atlas Plumbing Company for more than 20 years in Waycross, and in 1974, was hired as the Manager of the Ware County Water Department. Mr. McDaniel held that full-time position until the Ware County Board of Commissioners established a new form of Government in 1981, at which time he was appointed the first County Manager for Ware County Government. During his time as County Manager, he helped establish the first Retirement Program for Ware County Employees.

Some years later, Mr. McDaniel left his job as County Manager and returned as full-time manager of the Ware County Water Department where he was instrumental in having the Water Department declared it's own entity apart from County Government and later spearheaded the receiving of Government Grant monies to implement and install the first sewer system for Ware County residents. The business name was soon changed to Satilla Regional Water and Sewer Authority. Mr. McDaniel served as it's Executive Director until his retirement in 2013 at age 83 and after 39 years of dedicated service.

Mr. McDaniel was an active and faithful member of Winona Park United Methodist Church for 65 years. Derrell sang in the choir,served as choir director for many years and also taught the Men's Sunday School Class.

Mr McDaniel was preceded in death by his parents, 5 sisters: Eula Mae, Isadella, Margaret, Lorena, and Marie, 5 brothers: D.H., Hoyt, Jack, Coeburn, and Emerick, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Survivors are his wife of 69 years 6 months, Iva Lee (Rozier) McDaniel, daughter, Rita McDaniel, daughter Connie (Dr Richard) Oliver, 1 grand daughter, Dr. Cori (Adam) Crews, 1 great grandson, Tucker Ross Crews, 1 great granddaughter, Evelyn “Evie” Leigh Crews, all of Waycross and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday (October 30, 2018) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

The family has asked that Winona Park United Methodist Church choir members and Satilla Regional Water and Sewer Authority staff and employees be seated together as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to either Winona Park United Methodist Church, or the Parkinson's Foundation.

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Music Funeral Home
1503 Tebeau St.
Waycross, GA United States 31501
Monday, October 29, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Music Funeral Home
1503 Tebeau St.
Waycross, GA United States 31501
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
11:00 AM