Juell (Mac) Herbert McDaniel, 95, passed away May 2, 2018, due to incident of age. He was born July 3, 1922 in Malvern, Arkansas, the only son of Ola and Lonnie McDaniel. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marjorie, 8 children, their spouses, 28 grandchildren and spouses, and 45 great-grandchildren; totaling posterity of 104.
Mac attended Malvern public schools. He was a member of the 1939-1940 non-conference football conference football championship team, co-capt.; selected to All-State squad, and member of SOUTH in 1941 Arkansas All-Star Football game. He continued his exceptional athletic career, playing football 3 years at Henderson State College; 1946 team captain, chosen to ’45,’46, ’47 All-Conference Teams. He attended Centenary College, Mississippi State, University of Nevada; received Bachelor of Science degree from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR, becoming a charter member of Sigma Tau Gamma and member of Heart and Key club; and Master’s Degree and post-graduate education from Columbia University, NYC, NY.
Mac, only 20 years of age, enlisted at the onset of WWII. Superior testing marks earned him the opportunity to train as a Navigator Bombardier and earn his commission. During World War II, Mac was stationed at Foggia, Italy as a B-17 navigator. At age 21, he was the lead navigator of the first shuttle bombing run to Russia in 1944. Chosen again, Lt. McDaniel was the deputy lead Navigator for the 15th Air Force, 5th Bomb Wing raid to France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. From March 26, 1944 to June 14, 1944, Lt. McDaniel, flew with and navigated 50 bombing missions over some of the most dangerous targets of WWII over Romania, Italy, Austria, Yugoslavia, Hungary and France. Mac, nor any of his crews, were ever wounded or killed flying with him. This reputation earned him the nickname “Lucky” and most sought after crew member. Mac always attributed this miracle to God’s Grace.
After WWII, Mac returned to Columbia University to continue his education. While attending Columbia, University, Mac met his future bride, the former Marjorie Merrill. By 1950, the Korean War had begun. Leaving the final stages of his doctorate program, and without a second thought, Mac returned to active duty.
During the Korean War, newlyweds, Mac and Marjorie were stationed at Clark AFB, Philippines, where he served as navigator on the SA 16. Additionally, he served on joint body and recovery rescues with the 82nd Airborne, US Army. One such rescue mission, he was able to rescue an American pilot in the water near Pyongyang, North Korea. In 1952, Capt. McDaniel was to be selected as one of the first six combat crews for the new B-52’s, America’s premiere bombers. Subsequent duty assignments were in multiple stations, including California, Oklahoma and Georgia. While stationed at Warner Robbins, AFB, Lt. Col. J.H. McDaniel was decorated and selected as outstanding Squadron Commander for all of Strategic Air Command.
Twenty-seven years of military services and eight children later, Lt. Col. J. H. McDaniel, always a devoted and humble follower of Christ, felt it was in God’s time to leave military service and devote his time to family and ministering to others.
Upon retiring from the US Air Force, Mr. Mac became Coach Mac, teacher and principle. He coached football and taught school in Magnet Cove, Ark., Karnack, Tx., and Waskom, Tx. for over 15 years.
Retiring from education, Brother Mac devoted endless time and energies into building local communities and churches. He was a charter member of the Lion’s Club, VFW, Officer Christian Society and Air Force Association, only to name a few.
First and foremost, Mac was a soldier and warrior for Christ. Mac was honored to serve Christ, spoke of Christ, fearless in teaching of Christ, prayed un-ceaselessly, and served with all his might mind and strength. Mac did not miss Sunday-School for nearly 60 years. He read his bible daily, prayed over everyone he knew- especially his children individually. He was a Southern Baptist member and congregation member for over 78 years-concluding with First Waskom Baptist Church. There he served as a trustee, teacher and bus driver.
Juell H. McDaniel is survived by his wife, Marjorie M. McDaniel; daughters: Lydia (Rickard), Helen Louise, Kathryn (Mike, deceased), Marjorie, Robin, Susan (Timothy), Jill (Bob), and one son, Jack (Kelli); 28 grandchildren (16 spouses) and 45 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Waskom on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Pastor Ivy Shelton will officiate. Visitation will precede the service from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery in Waskom with full military honors.