William Porter McDaniel Obituary

William Porter McDaniel

A devoted husband and loving father, William Porter McDaniel (“Bill”), age 92 of Brentwood, TN, passed away on November 9, 2020 with his loving family around him. Bill graduated from Hume Fogg High School in Nashville in 1947 and received his private pilot’s license at Cornelia Fort Airport also in Nashville. He then joined the US Navy and was stationed in Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. After leaving the Navy, he married Martha Ann Kimbrough in 1953 and they had two sons. Martha passed away at the age of 34 from a tickborne illness. Bill worked at Tennessee Farmers Co-op for 19 years, then while working in transportation department for Minnie Pearl Fried Chicken company, he met Peggy Hutchison. Bill and Peggy were married in 1974, blending Bill’s two sons and Peggy’s five children into one happy family. Being independent thinkers, Bill and Peggy opened their own businesses in transportation, owned and operated a restaurant in Nashville and later established Acorn Vacations of Gatlinburg, TN. Bill enjoyed painting, writing poetry and music. Bill and Peggy lived on top of a mountain in Gatlinburg for 38 years, making life-long friends and watching the seasons change. Bill was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gatlinburg, where he loved his church family. Bill is preceded in death by his parents Forrest Allen McDanieland Sadie Alexander McDaniel, infant sister Ruby, and first wife Martha Ann McDaniel, son-in-law Michael Driver, and granddaughter Ashley Titus. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Peggy Hutchison McDaniel along with his seven children—Debby Fries (Joe), Bill McDaniel, Jr. (Patty), Jackie Robertson (Dwight), Forrest McDaniel (Robin), Joy Driver, Cathy Scheideler (Keith), Mike Hutchison, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Due to the current COVID situation, a Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date at Gatlinburg First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry in Gatlinburg. And Bill asked to leave us all with this poem that he wrote— Today’s Memory Each day we paint a picture of our life in someone’s memory. A clean canvas begins each day, our deeds; the words spoken, are our colors and brush strokes. How will the picture hang in their memory today; they are the critic, what will they say? When today’s canvas is filled, and the paint is dried; the brushes all cleaned and laid aside. I’ll take a look and with a sigh; I will know I could have done better if I’d tried. I hope and pray to God; one more day He will give; a clean canvas, with deeds and words to fill. One more picture, in your gallery of memories, of my life to you I will give. Paint each day with your best. What colors, what stokes; are the deeds and words you spoke. For each new canvas is a test. Oh, Lord let this day be my best.
March 7, 1928 - November 9, 202003/07/192811/09/2020
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A devoted husband and loving father, William Porter McDaniel (“Bill”), age 92 of Brentwood, TN, passed away on November 9, 2020 with his loving family around him. Bill graduated from Hume Fogg High School in Nashville in 1947 and received his private pilot’s license at Cornelia Fort Airport also in Nashville. He then joined the US Navy and was stationed in Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. After leaving the Navy, he married Martha Ann Kimbrough in 1953 and they had two sons. Martha pas...

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