Wesley James McDaniel


Wesley James McDaniel, a lifelong resident of Chattahoochee, FL, passed away
peacefully on March 28, 2024, at the age of 66, in the same town where he was
born. Born on April 9, 1957, to the late Arthur and Martha McDaniel, Wesley’s life
was one of service, joy, and enduring love for his family and friends.
A Chattahoochee High School graduate of 1977, Wesley went on to receive his
associate degree from Keiser College. His dedication to the community became
apparent through his long and committed career at Florida State Hospital, where he
worked diligently from 1985 until his retirement in 2023. His generous spirit and
unwavering work ethic made him a valued employee and a cherished colleague to
Wesley’s life was as vibrant and diverse as his interests. In younger years, he found
great pleasure in fishing and riding horses, activities that connected him with
nature and the outdoors he cherished. Wesley’s adventurous spirit eventually led
him to the skies, where he experienced the thrills of piloting airplanes and
helicopter rides, having earned his pilot license with great pride.
Above all, Wesley’s heart belonged to his family. He is predeceased by his parents;
four brothers, Jimmy McDaniel, Eugene McDaniel, Earl Gable and Broward
Gable; two sisters, Mearl Steele and Linda Wiselogel; and his brother-in-law, Rev.
Mitchell Taylor. Carrying on his legacy of love and kindness are Wesley’s son,
Tony McDaniel (Michelle); his grandsons, Brett and Jacob McDaniel; his sisters,
Pat McDaniel and Barbara Taylor. His brothers Les McDaniel (Sueann), Ronnie
McDaniel (Betty), and Wayne McDaniel (Kathy) will also fondly remember their
brother’s guiding presence. He also leaves behind his sisters-in-law, Claudia
McDaniel and Georgia Ann McDaniel, along with numerous nieces, nephews,
extended family members, and a host of friends whose lives he touched with
warmth and generosity.
Wesley’s life was a testament to the power of hard work, the importance of family,
and the joy of following one’s passions. He will be dearly missed, fondly
remembered, and forever cherished in the hearts of those he left behind.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024, beginning at 11:00
AM Eastern Time in the chapel of McAlpin Funeral Home.  A time of visitation
for friends and family will be held one hour prior to the memorial service.


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