OBITUARY

Lawrence "Mr. Mac" McDaniel

September 28, 1927June 9, 2018
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Lawrence “Mr. Mac” McDaniel, 90, born September 28, 1927 in New Tazewell, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at his home in Livingston, Louisiana. Lawrence retired from the Armed services after 27 years. He also retired from Local 198 and Turner Industries where he spent 28 years at BASF Chemical Corporation as a turnaround supervisor and planner for major operations. He loved to spoil his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed sitting on his front porch, working in the garden, canning what came out of the garden and making tomato juice while teaching anybody that wanted to know or telling them how. He liked watching different sports on T.V. especially NASCAR on Sunday afternoons. Lawrence was preceded in death by his wife Martha Ann McDaniel; parent, Robert M. McDaniel and Eula Gray McDaniel; sister, Della Mae Clark; daughter in law, Connie Fontaine McDaniel and his niece, Ann Durham. He is survived by his sons Larry, Michael, Robert, and Chad McDaniel; daughters Dedrua McDaniel and Melissa Oliver (Sam); grandchildren Courtney Drago (Chris), Kevin McDaniel (Rachel), Cody Mizell (Carlee) Austin Elrod, Jacquelin, Brittany, and Melanie McDaniel, Brook, Donald, Abigail, and Savannah Oliver; great-grandchildren Nathan and Landon Drago, Charlie Mizell, and Emmett McDaniel; brother in law Haskell M. Clark; nieces Penny Johnson, Jean Lewis, and Gail (Tom) Goodman. A visitation will be held in Ourso Funeral Home chapel on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and will continue on Friday morning from 9:00 am until the service begins at 10:00 am at Ourso Funeral Home Chapel. The burial will follow in Oak Lane Cemetery, Prairieville. Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.oursofh.com for the McDaniel family.

  • FAMILY

  • Larry McDaniel, Son
  • Michael McDaniel, Son
  • Robert McDaniel, Son
  • Chad McDaniel, Son
  • Dedrua McDaniel, Daughter
  • Melissa Oliver, Daughter
  • He is survived by his grandchildren Courtney Drago (Chris), Kevin McDaniel (Rachel), Cody Mizell (Carlee) Austin Elrod, Jacquelin, Brittany, and Melanie McDaniel, Brook, Donald, Abigail, and Savannah Oliver; great-grandchildren Nathan and Landon Drago, Charlie Mizell, and Emmett McDaniel; brother in law Haskell M. Clark; nieces, Penny Johnson, Jean Lewis, and Gail (Tom) Goodman.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Larry McDaniel
  • Michael McDaniel
  • Robert McDaniel
  • Chad McDaniel
  • Kevin McDaniel
  • Cody Mizell
  • Austin Elrod
  • Donald Oliver
  • Sam Oliver, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Chris Drago, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dustin Boudloche, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 15, 2018
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Lawrence "Mr. Mac" McDaniel

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Biography

Lawrence McDaniel was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      "Mr. Mac" was born on September 28, 1927 at At home in New Tazwell, Tennessee. His parents were Robert "Melvin" and Eula Gray McDaniel. "Mr. Mac" was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the McDaniel household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, "Mr. Mac" was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay through out his life. "Mr. Mac" was raised with One sibling. He had a Sister Della Mae. "Mr. Mac" was constantly involved in activities with his sister. "Mr. Mac" and his sister may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but "Mr. Mac" was always consistently loyal to his family.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, "Mr. Mac" was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and a few very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, "Mr. Mac" was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for "Mr. Mac" to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma.

      In 1969 "Mr. Mac married Martha Ann Stucky, "Mr. Mac" held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to his family and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      "Mr. Mac" brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. "Mr. Mac" was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. "Mr. Mac" was blessed with Six children, Four sons, Larry, Michael, Robert and Chad, and two daughters, Dedrua and Melissa. He was also blessed with Eleven Grandchildren, Courtney, Kevin, Cody, Austin, Jacquelin, Brook, Donald, Brittany, Melanie, Abigail, and Savannah, as well as four great grandchildren, Nathan, Landon, Charlie, and Emmett.

      "Mr. Mac" greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. "Mr. Mac" enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, "Mr. Mac" was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was Planner Supervisor. He was employed for 28 years by Turner Industries. "Mr. Mac" worked hard, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      "Mr. Mac" was an Army Veteran. He was stationed all over the world. "Mr. Mac" was active during WWII and the Korean War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of E-9 Commanding Sergeant Major. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, "Mr. Mac" seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      "Mr. Mac" liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, "Mr. Mac" always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were watching any sport on T. V. Especially NASCAR on Sunday afternoon, working in the garden, and sitting on the front porch. "Mr. Mac" was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      When "Mr. Mac"’s retirement finally arrived (Army retirement was 1969) from Turner Industries in 2004, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. In retirement, he found new pleasure in spoiling his grandchildren and making a bigger garden.

      Lawrence McDaniel passed away on June 9, 2018 at At home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his children Larry, Michael, Robert, Dedrua, Melissa, and Chad; his grandchildren Courtney, Kevin, Cody, Austin, Jacquelin, Brook, Donald, Brittany, Melanie, Abigail, and Savannah; great grandchildren Nathan, Landon, Charlie, and Emmett. Services were held at Ourso Funeral Home in Gonzales, Louisiana. "Mr. Mac" was laid to rest in Oak Lane Memorial Park in Prairieville, Louisiana.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Lawrence McDaniel. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.