Thomas Jefferson McDaniel, Jr., 93 of Athens, passed away, Friday, May 28, 2021 at Park Ridge Medical Center in Chattanooga.
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He was a native of Ohatchee, Alabama and was a son of the late Thomas Jefferson, Sr and Susie Agnes Garner McDaniel. He was also preceded in death by a son Kerry McDaniel.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Athens where he had served as a deacon. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was an airline electrician for Eastern Airlines for thirty one years until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Jewel Robinson McDaniel; two daughters and one son-in-law, Cheryl and John Fields and Rhonda McDaniel; son and his wife, Barry and Karen McDaniel; five grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted, 11:30 am, Wednesday, June 2nd at First Baptist Church in Athens with Rev. John Fields and Dr. Bill Henard officiating. Entombment will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens with military honors provided by the U.S. Navy. The family will receive friends from 9:30-11:30am Wednesday at the church prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Chad Sylvester, Wilder Sylvester, Jarrod Doherty, Barry McDaniel, Samuel Elmer, and Rhonda McDaniel.
The family suggests memorials be made to Pioneer Missions, 10123 William Carey Drive, Orlando, FL 32832.