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Obituary – Thurman Lee McDaniel Jr. (1958-2023)

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Thurman Lee McDaniel Jr., better known as Junior, passed from this life, Thursday, August 3, 2023 in Waldron, Arkansas. Junior was born October 7, 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Thurman (Bo) McDaniel Sr. and Wanda (Abbott) McDaniel. He was 64 years old.

Junior grew up in and around the Waldron area. He enjoyed being outdoors, everything from fishing to gardening to tinkering on cars. Anything that took him in the fresh air and sunshine. In his downtime, Junior would spoil his 3 dogs, but what Junior loved most was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Family brought Junior much happiness and filled his heart with joy.

Junior leaves behind to cherish his memory, one daughter, Jillian Franklin and husband Chad of Fayetteville, Arkansas, his mother Wanda McDaniel of Waldron, Arkansas and two sisters: Pamela Mason and husband James of Greenland, Arkansas and Debra Kesterson and husband Keith of Waldron, Arkansas. Papa will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren: Heaven McDaniel, Paige Shores, Noah McDaniel, Mathew Franklin and Aveline Franklin. Junior will be missed by all who knew him and the many whose lives he impacted including a large extended family and a host of friends and neighbors he loved dearly.

Junior was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy McDaniel, his father Thurman McDaniel and one son, Trenton McDaniel.

Juniors’ memorial celebration of life will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas with Travis May officiating. Arrangements and cremation are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas.

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