Charles Owen McDaniel, 91, of Searcy went to be with the Lord June 16, 2020. He was born to the late Claud Owen and Maddie Victoria Hooper McDaniel March 19, 1929 at Judsonia.
Charles was a graduate of White County Central High School Class of 1947 and went on to further his education at Southern Illinois University. Mr. McDaniel worked and retired from American Water Works at St. Louis, Illinois. He married the love of his life, Robbie Lee September 2, 1983 at Madison, Illinois; she survives. They were blessed to share over 36 years together.
Charles was a man of great faith and had an intense relationship with God. He was a faithful servant holding various positions within the churches he attended. He believed in the power of prayer and was a dutiful Christian man who was willing to help anyone however he could. He was a current and active member of The River. Charles served stateside in the U S Army during the Korean war. He served 6 years, four of those in the Army Reserves. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge as a Shriner. Many may remember his days as a member of the Oriental Band of East St Louis.
In retirement, Charles loved to bird watch and teach his family about his feathered friends. He also was an enthusiast for classic cars, especially for one special Cadillac and enjoyed traveling. His family enjoyed the stories and gifts he brought home with him. He took great pride in caring for his family and was known for being an honest, respectful, true southern gentleman.
Along with his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his son, Charles Lee McDaniel; six brothers, infant twins Herman and Thurman, James, Conway, Alvin “Dale”, and Bobby McDaniel; and two sisters, Mona McDaniel Arvin and Barbara McDaniel Harven.
He is survived by his wife, Robbie McDaniel; three sons, Jessie Mathis (Donna) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Douglas Mathis (Ann) of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Richard McDaniel (Angela) of Granite City, Illinois; six daughters, GiGi Mathis Bettendorf (Steve) of Bennington, Nebraska, Cindy McDaniel Mefford (Rusty) of Hollister, Missouri, Lori McDaniel Nichols (John) of Granite City, Illinois, Ethyl Mathis Lyons (Jim) of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Johanna Mathis Reed of Searcy, and Angel McDaniel also of Searcy; 26 grandchildren, Patricia, April, John, Steven, Madison, Jessie, Shelby, and Joey (Jessie’s children), John, Michael, and Mira (GiGi’s Children), Rachel, Jessica, Joshua “Trooper” (Cindy’s children), Mandy and Bobby (Douglas’ children), Corey and Whitney (Lori’s children), Nicki, Cana and Bethany (Ethyl’s children), Caleb (Richard’s son), Isabella (Johanna’s daughter), and Lennon (Angel’s son); as well as 23 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Charles also leaves many friends and family members to mourn his passing.
A visitation will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Sullivan Memorial Chapel with funeral services to follow at 5:00 p.m.
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