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Gilbert Lee McDaniel

Gilbert Lee McDaniel, 84 of Pikeville, Tennessee died Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Gilbert was a member of Sequatchie Valley Church of Christ. He loved his family, was a great dad with good direction, and always there to give needed wisdom. Gil had a passion for helping people, was a fighter for helping those less fortunate, but mainly focused on helping win as many as he could make it to heaven.

Gil served in the United States Army stationed in Germany for three years. He received his Bachelor and Master’s Degree in social work at Florida State University, and worked four years as Unit Director at Florida Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, and worked 12 years at Daniel Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida where he helped develop and run five group homes for emotionally disturbed teenagers.

After retirement, he enjoyed traveling around the world and taking cruises with his wife. He loved to sit and watch the world, was an avid Alabama football fan, and liked to play a good game of pool.

Preceding Gilbert in death were his parents, Renley and Minnie Margaret Dandridge McDaniel.

Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Margaret Ann Smith McDaniel; sons, Baird McDaniel, Ron (Miriam) McDaniel, Darren (Edie) Bruce; daughters, Lisa (Dan) Thomas, Leanne (James) Zattiero; grandchildren, Kelsey (Joshua) Swim, Cassidy (Kyle) Smith, Tanner McDaniel, Tucker McDaniel, Trevor Bruce, Carson Bruce; close family friend, Lesley (David) Wells; and a host of friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 21, at Sequatchie Valley Church of Christ with Bro. Dennis Smith officiating The family will receive friends noon-2:00 p.m. at the church.

Condolences can be made at

Pikeville Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

1 Comment

  1. Dr. Robert Schorr on January 24, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    Gilbert was my boyhood friend and idol, a great American.
    We were high school classmates in Jacksonville Beach, roommates at Georgia Military Academy in Atlanta.
    We stayed connected over the decades and across the worlds time zones.
    Fair winds and following seas, my brother.
    We’ll meet again.

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