In Loving Memory…

J.L. McDaniel

James L. McDaniel, 98, of Otterville, MO, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

Born June 5, 1921 in Fortuna, MO, he was one of two sons of A.S. “Dick” and Elsie T. (Milburn) McDaniel.

J.L. served in the United States Army during World War II, serving in the headquarters of the Central Pacific. He handled personnel matters in the Adjutant General’s office.

On June 18, 1941 in Bolivar, MO, he married Reva L. Killingsworth, who preceded him in death in 1995.

J.L. attended college at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar.

He lived most of his life in Atlanta, GA, where he was active in civic affairs. He worked in concession and food equipment sales.

On November 15, 1997 in Fortuna, MO, he married Melva Fowler, and moved to Otterville, where he would reside until his passing. Melva preceded him in death on March 17, 2019.

J.L. loved working with flowers, watching baseball, woodworking, hunting and fishing. He did a lot of traveling with his job and also for recreation and hunting. When his sons were young, he was a Little League coach for nine years.

He was a member of the Methodist Church in Atlanta, as well as American Legion Post 84 in Otterville, and the VFW in Bristol, VA.

Surviving are two daughters-in-law, Maureen McDaniel and Edda McDaniel; three grandchildren, Benjamin McDaniel, Sara Brandenburg (Matt) and Anna McDaniel; two great-grandchildren, Leo and Ruby Brandenburg; stepson, E.H. Fowler (June); four step-grandchildren, Jay Fowler (Ann), Jill Nolting (Jeff), Jeana Freeman (Doug), and Jennifer McAdams Allen (Scott); thirteen step-great-grandchildren: Charity Cole (Brad), Jayson Fowler, Bear Fowler, Jesse Fowler, Ryan Fowler, Jordyn McQuaide (Lucas), Jacob Nolting (Karen), Eli Freeman, Luke Freeman, Kloi McAdams, Kyli McAdams, Stevey McAdams (Laney) and Kale McAdams; and eight step-great-great-grandchildren: Ana, Ali, Landon, Jackson, Avery, Ashton, Khobie and Jose Luis.

In addition to his wives and parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Richard C. McDaniel and James “Mike” McDaniel; and brother, Steward McDaniel.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, with Jeff Page officiating.

Casket bearers will be Ben McDaniel, E.H. Fowler, Jeff Nolting, Jesse Taylor, Ronnie Hirst and Michael Dietrich.

Honorary bearers will be his caregivers: Kay Larson, Michelle Stone, Sidney Nolan and Donna Hartman.

Burial with military honors will be in the Masonic Cemetery in California, MO.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


  1. Larry & Carlene Petree

    J.L. and Melva came to a lot of our auctions and we enjoyed them so much. He was one of the sweetest people. Prayers with all.

  2. Angie Venable :Sumner Ins Services

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr McDaniel !! He was a kind man and i loved talking with him when he called or came to our office .I will miss him !!!

  3. So sorry for your loss of such a nice sweet man our prayers are with with your family

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