Martin Scott McDaniel
May 9, 1956 – September 11, 2020
Martin Scott McDaniel was born 9 May 1956 in London, England to Staff Sergeant Billy E. McDaniel, USAF and his English wife, Margaret (Linda) Maud (née Robinson). Marty was the second surviving child of Billy and Linda as they went on to have five sons. Marty passed away on September 11, 2020, leaving behind his fiancé, Beverly Adkins, and his beloved adult children, Dawn McDaniel, MD (36), Robin McDaniel, BSN (34), and Corporal Christian McDaniel USMC (23). He also has two surviving brothers, Peter (60) and William (48), and six grandchildren, Isaac and Isaiah McDaniel and Ammanuel, Elleni, Israel, and Elias Petros.
Martin grew up the son of an active duty American Airman, Billy McDaniel, and lived the nomadic childhood of a military brat. A smart child, he grew up attending schools in England, North Dakota, Texas, Guam, and Tennessee before returning to finish high school in England when his father moved the family there upon his retirement from the Air Force. A lifelong love affair with music began with his early interest in playing the guitar, picking up the instrument like his older brother, Steven McDaniel. Both brothers were renowned for their musical skills wherever they went. In 1978, after the tragic early deaths of his parents, Marty returned to Carthage, Texas, where he briefly lived with his grandparents, Herman V. And Ethel Gertrude McDaniel before branching out on his own.
He worked in the oilfields of East Texas, and married, but his life’s passion was always his children. He loved his daughters Dawn and Robin McDaniel dearly, and found his family complete after the birth of his treasured son, Christian McDaniel.
His love for making music permeated throughout his home and all of his relationships. He played guitar and sang at family reunions, church, the Country Music Hayride in Carthage, and ultimately for anyone who would lend an ear. He was multitalented, a true jack of all trades, quick to just about everything. Proud of his self-sufficiency, he was intelligent and witty. Marty loved to laugh and joke, especially if he could do so with a guitar in his hands.
He worked hard at everything he did, and his focus was always to provide for his family. His time and personal needs were always secondary to those of his children. He intended his sacrifice to be a token of love to them, and he was monumentally proud of their accomplishments. Preceded in death by his younger brother Lionel in 1987, and his older brother Steve in 2014, Marty was recently stricken by a degenerative neuromuscular disease that stole even his ability to play his beloved guitar. In his last days, he was cared for lovingly by his fiancé, Beverly Adkins and his daughter, Robin McDaniel. Martin left the confines of his earthly body for heaven on September 11, 2020. He surely ran into the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ and is even now playing his guitar in unabashed worship to the Father in his new heavenly home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Martin Scott McDaniel
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September 14, 2020
Marty, I remember our first meeting. You were staying with your McDaniel Grandparents when I came home for mine and Peggy's wedding. You were the ring bearer on that cherished date of February 13, 1965. Over the years I watched you grow and develop in to a multi-talented man. Your Aunt Peggy and I loved you so very much. I am honored to have married into the McDaniel Family. I will miss visiting with you when I take a trip back to Panola County. So much has changed during the years I've known you. But my love and respect will never change; and the same holds true for your brothers Pete and Will. Your loving Uncle Joe Ben La Grone