James McDaniel

September 4, 2020


Mr. James B. McDaniel of Tampa passed away Friday, September 4, 2020.  Visitation will be held Friday, September 11, from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33606.  Interment will follow in the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, Florida 33513.  Please follow the CDC guidelines.  Masks are required. 

Mr. James B. McDaniel, affectionately known as “Shortie Mac” was a native of Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida, He was born to Mose and Annie Mae McDaniel on July 11, 1925 and attended public schools in Hillsborough County.

Following graduation, Mr. McDaniel signed up for the United States Navy and proudly served from 1941 to 1946 ending his career with an Honorable Discharge. Upon his discharge from the military, he relocated back to Tampa, where he met and married his first wife. The culmination of the beautiful union resulted in four children. The two remained together until her passing. Mr. McDaniel later married his second wife. Their blended family resulted in the addition of three more children. The two were together until her passing. After meeting his third wife, the blended family grew by the addition of four more children.

Mr. McDaniel worked hard in the field of construction around the Bay Area. He later went on to enjoy a very fulfilling career as a SkyCap with the Tampa International Airport serving for 35 years. Even after the age of 80, he dedicated 8 years to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office as a School Crossing Guard.

Mr. McDaniel is preceded in death by: both his parents, Mose and Annie Mae McDaniel; his first wife, Elizabeth McDaniel; his second wife, Mildred McDaniel; his sister Gracie Mae Ford; his brother, John “Bubba” McDaniel: his son, Horace A. Anderson; and his daughter, Cynthia McDaniel.  

He leaves to cherish his memory: a loving wife, Earma McDaniel; five sons and a daughter, James “Jim” McDaniel (Diane), Saundra Lyons (Ned), Willie “Bobby” McDaniel, Michael McDaniel, Anthony McDaniel (Linda), Glen Jackson (Cheryl), Reggie Webster, all of Tampa, FL and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. 

We are asking family and friends to follow the CDC guidelines. Masks are required.

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September 11, 2020

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Ray Williams Funeral Home
301 N. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606-1508

September 11, 2020

Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513

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