Raymond McDaniel proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was honorably discharged in 1946. McDaniel retired from the U.S. Post Office as lieutenant. He died November 20 after a lengthy illness. He was 87.
McDaniel was born on June 7, 1924 to Adrian and Elizabeth Mandy McDaniel. He was born in Philadelphia. He was educated at Glassboro High School after his family relocated from Philadelphia to Glassboro, N.J. He graduated from Eckels College of Mortuary Science.
On November 28, 1948, he married the love of his life, Josephine V. Gregory. From this union came one son, Raymond Adrian. Affectionately called “Big Ray,” McDaniel hosted “Sunday Morning,” one hour of spiritual recordings on WDVL in Vineland, N.J.
Fondly named “Mr. Mack,” McDaniel retired from the sheriff’s office in Tappahanock, Va. He returned to Philadelphia in 2005. As the years progressed, Raymond could be found watching political and news shows holding tightly to his remote control, although he was sound asleep.
A passionate golfer, he earned many trophies, which attested to his skill in the sport. He enjoyed solitary sports. With a love of fishing and hunting McDaniel enjoyed frying up his catch and cooking wild game.
McDaniel leaves to mourn: wife, Josephine; son, Raymond Adrian; a brother; two sisters; one sister-in-law; one brother-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
His parents, three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Services will be held Dec. 1 Wood Funeral Home, Inc. 5537–39 West Girard Ave. The viewing will be at 9 a.m. The service will start at 10.