Funeral services for James L. Daniel, 77, were held Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Phillips & Luckey Funeral Chapel in Rockdale with burial following in Lilac Cemetery near Rockdale. Minister Ray Don McIntosh and Elder Gary Jackson officiated.
Mr. Daniel died Thursday, Nov. 24, in the V.A. Hospital in Temple.
He was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Thomaston, Georgia, to Charles James and Mattie Mae (Cotton) Daniel.
Mr. Daniel was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Navy. He received the National Defense Service Medal.
He had lived in Rockdale since 1975, where he worked as a medical technologist at several hospitals and clinics before operating Daniel Pest Control, which he owned until his retirement several years ago.
Mr. Daniel was a longtime member of Murray Street Church of Christ in Rockdale and a friend of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Rockdale.
He was an officer of the Heart of Texas Dance A ssociation, founding member of the Milam County Mixers, a member of several square dance clubs and a member of Rockdale Noon Lions Club.
Mr. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Franklin Benjamin Daniel and Roy David Daniel.
Survivors are two sons, Timothy Daniel of Sante Fe, New Mexico, Gregory Scott Daniel of Cedar Park; two daughters, Deborah Bland of Rockdale, Angela Collier and husband Paul of San Antonio; two brothers, Charles Daniel, Gary Daniel and wife Edna, all of Thomaston, Georgia; a sister, Diane Adams and husband Terry of Thomaston, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Nathan Bland and wife Tabitha, Larissa Bland and Andrew Bland, all of Rockdale, Justin Collier, Chelsea Collier and Jacob Collier, all of San Antonio, Geoffrey Daniel of Fort Worth; and a great-grandson, Ryan James Bland.
Pallbearers were Nathan Bland, Paul Collier, Geoff Daniel, Jacob Collier, Andrew Bland and John Bland.
Honorary pallbearers were John MaGee and Justin Collier
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1630, Rockdale, TX 76567 or to Heroes Haven V.A. Hospice, 5J Nursing Unit, Attn: JoAnn Cruz, 1901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Temple, TX 76504.