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Obituary – Thurman McDaniel (1936- 2019)


Thurman “Bo” McDaniel of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with his Lord and Savior, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas with his loving family by his side. Bo was born December 6, 1936 to Frank and Edna McDaniel in Waldron, Arkansas. He was 82 years, 9 months and 13 days old. Bo was a member of The Rock Pentecostal Church of God in Y-City, Arkansas.

As a young man of 21, Bo met and married his bride, Wanda Abbott. Together they cherished 62 years of hard work, dedication and family. They have seen the good and the bad but together they conquered it all and remained strong and committed to each other. Bo enjoyed his cows and working in the hay field. When he wasn’t chasing around after a grandchild or great grandchild on a ball field he was always busy hunting, fishing or building things in his shop. The grandchildren have cedar chest to cherish. Bo was a practical joker and loved to have fun, however his love for his family was undeniable. He treasured the time he spent his grands and great grands, they were the light of his life.

Bo leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Wanda McDaniel of the home, two daughters: Pam Mason and husband James of West Fork, Arkansas and Debra Kesterson and husband Keith of Waldron, Arkansas and one son Thurman McDaniel Jr and wife Peggy of Waldron, Arkansas. Papa will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren: William Mason, Trenton McDaniel, Kimberly Welch, Casey Mason, Stephanie Copeland, Kyle Kesterson, Jillian Franklin and great grandchildren: Hayden Shores, Bailee Mason, Heaven McDaniel, Teesa Mason, Marlen Ball, Lexee Kesterson, Branson Mick, James Mason, Paige McDaniel, Karmen Kesterson, Noah McDaniel, Mathew Franklin, Hunter Copeland Aveline Franklin and Trent Copeland. Bo is also survived by two brothers: Jimmy (Bud) McDaniel and James McDaniel. Bo will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted including a host of extended family, friends, neighbors and loved ones dear to his heart.

Bo was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Edna, and his siblings: Coleman McDaniel, Mack McDaniel, Henry McDaniel, JoAnn Yancey, Hazel Trozzi and Jane Newman as well as two nieces, Brenda Payne and Mary Bard.

Bo’s life celebration will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 23, 2019 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Shaddon officiating. Interment will follow in the Centerpoint Cemetery in Hon, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Bo’s pallbearers will be Loyd McDaniel, Lonny McDaniel, Henry McDaniel, Keith Kesterson, Dennis Copeland and Hayden Shores. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Nevills, Alvin Carnahan, Melvin Smith and James Stuart.

Bo’s visitation will be Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

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