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In Memory of

William Young McDaniel

October 31, 1928 - August 3, 2017

Obituary


Dr. William Young (Bill) McDaniel, passed from this life into the presence of God on Thursday, August 3, 2017. At nearly 89 years old, Dr. McDaniel lived a life to honor God. He was born in Tuscumbia, AL, on October 31, 1928, to a railroad man and an orphan. At a young age, he contracted polio which strongly influenced his choice of vocation. He graduated from Deshler High School and attended Florence Teachers College. From generations of devoted farmers and carpenters, he was the first male in his family to seek higher education earning an...

Dr. William Young (Bill) McDaniel, passed from this life into the presence of God on Thursday, August 3, 2017. At nearly 89 years old, Dr. McDaniel lived a life to honor God. He was born in Tuscumbia, AL, on October 31, 1928, to a railroad man and an orphan. At a young age, he contracted polio which strongly influenced his choice of vocation. He graduated from Deshler High School and attended Florence Teachers College. From generations of devoted farmers and carpenters, he was the first male in his family to seek higher education earning an M.D. in Pediatrics at Tulane Medical School when he was just 23 years old. Dr. McDaniel co-founded Children's Medical Group in Mobile in 1962. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served from 1953-1956. During this time, he met and married his wife of 55 years, Claris Macon. He later pursued training in radiology and often said he had "two" great careers. He loved the Lord and showed his deep faith in Jesus through the countless hours he spent helping those in need that could not repay him except with their gratitude and love.

A longtime member of Ashland Place Methodist Church, Dr. McDaniel was also an avid outdoorsman, skier, hunter, boater and fisherman. He was an aircraft owner and a private pilot which gave him much joy. He was a man of healing and a man of service, sowing goodness and inspiring many throughout his lifetime. He was a great role model for perseverance and hard work. He spent his "golden years" as a resident of Fowl River. A loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and husband, he is preceded in death by his wife, Claris Macon McDaniel. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Betty Willingham; five children, W.Y. (Dan) McDaniel Jr., Mark A. McDaniel, M.D., Richard Paul McDaniel, Scott Macon McDaniel, and Claris Lynn Feibelman; ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Pine Crest Cemetery-family reception and lunch to follow. Pallbearers will be Kevin McDaniel, Addison McDaniel, Bryson McDaniel, Justin McDaniel, Jeremy McDaniel, and Samuel Feibelman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, c/o 3751 Cottage Hill Rd., Suite "A", Mobile, AL 36609 or www.Gideons. Org.