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Dennis Ray McDaniel

Dennis Ray McDaniel, 68, passed away on May 24, 2022, at his home near Streetman. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 27, at Jones Funeral Services Chapel with Roy Prather officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin. Visitation with the family will be held prior to the service on Friday morning, starting at 9 a.m.

McDaniel was born on March 3, 1954, in Freestone County to Vernon and Helen Norton McDaniel. Growing up in Freestone County gave him the opportunity for many ventures as a kid and young man, including hauling hay for everyone around the Wortham area. He had many talents and skills that he put to use during his working career in oil and gas, and showed great finesse in operating heavy equipment, showing that he didn’t have any need for a level and could shoot the grades without any equipment.

He was a very knowledgeable, smart and hardworking man, which is obvious from the multiple trades and skills he mastered over his years, including carpentry, electrical and plumbing, leading to him building his own home and designing and building an oil rig from the ground up.

McDaniel was a hard worker, so the only hobby he ever really enjoyed was relaxing when he had the chance.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Helen McDaniel; brothers, Larry, Cary and Billy Wayne McDaniel and wife Kathy Ann McDaniel.

Survivors include his sons, Clayton McDaniel, Johnny and Jody Drews; daughter, Jerri Ann Woodruff; son, Shaun Gill; daughters, Linda Lewis, Rachel Montgomery and Jennifer Hayden; sister, Verlene Martin; as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He will be remembered for his wisdom and advice that he didn’t mind giving and his knowledge of nature.

Serving as pallbearers were Jody Drews, Johnny Drews, Michael McDaniel, Jamie McDaniel, Wade McDaniel and Derrick McDaniel.

A special thank you to Jami McDaniel, Jody and Johnny Drews and James and Robert Hogan.

Please visit to sign the guestbook and leave a memorial message for the family.

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