Rev. James H. McDaniel Sr.
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
Reverend James Henry "Buddy" McDaniel, Sr., was called to the presence of the Lord on Sunday, July 10, 2022, from Select Specialty Hospital, Bristol, TN, surrounded by his loving wife, family, and friends. He was born December 27, 1937, in Bristol, VA, and was the eldest son of the late Henry and Dorothy McDaniel of Bristol, TN.
James graduated from Douglass High School in Bristol, VA. He then left home in 1956 at the young age of 17 to serve his country and joined the United States Marine Corps. During his service, he spent two tours in Vietnam. God protected him in a time of war. After 20 years of service, he was honorably discharged and retired as Gunnery Sergeant in 1976. He exemplified the motto "Semper Fidelis."
James continued his stay in Long Beach, CA, after retirement from the Marine Corps, where he established Jim's Janitorial Service. He contracted with Pep Boyz Stores and serviced 33 of their stores. His business slogan was, "Nobody could do it like Jim!" James was a father of six children; his children meant the world to him, and he was always there for them.
James joined Antioch Baptist Church in Long Beach, CA, where he surrendered his heart to the Lord Jesus Christ and answered God's call to preach the Gospel. After much prodding, he also answered the call to return to his Bristol home. Once he returned home, James united with his home church Lee Street Baptist. He received his Bachelor of Theology from Victory Bible College in Roan Mountain, TN. Under the direction of his pastor Dr. W. A. Johnson, he accepted the pastorship of High Point Baptist Church of Rural Retreat, VA, where he served faithfully for 23 years until God called him home. After the death of his former wife, Lizzie, he thought of never marrying again until he met Sharon, and his heart began to throb again with new feelings of love. They were married on June 6, 2015.
He loved and served people because he loved and honored our Lord Jesus Christ!
He was always there for his family in any way he could help. He served as Chaplain for many years at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He drove a school bus for 10 years because he fell in love with the children and mentored them as well as provided clothing when needed. Many fondly remember Mr. McDaniel and always treated him "special."
He loved visiting the local nursing homes and taking flowers, and providing a prayer of encouragement. He visited many churches near and far and offered a helping hand regardless of denomination. He enjoyed sharing food baskets and giving food cards to many in the local area at Thanksgiving. Blessing the homeless and the helpless with a love gift and sharing a word of encouragement. Visiting the sick and taking food baskets.A stranger to none, he would always ask questions, where do you live, who are your parents, do you know Jesus, and what church do you attend?
During his stay at the hospital, he ministered to the doctors, nurses, and staff employees. Some became very fond of him for his "dry" humor. They would tell me that he was their "favorite" and that "he prayed for me."
Always ready to offer a helping hand, to give a hug or a word.
Always speaking his mind, I would say, "Honey, stop!"
He would tell you the truth even if you were not ready to receive it. He loved preaching God's Word and praying; sometimes, on our prayer line, I would nudge him because he was a little long-winded. "Let someone else pray, I would say.
He enjoyed cooking beans, and I would make the cornbread for family and friends. He always wanted to take care of me, and it was always funny because on holidays and special occasions, when he bought a gift for me, he could never wait until that day. When he bought the gift, he gave it to me then. When he was unable to do it, he would call others or tell me to "get something for yourself."
We will all remember his words –"Get Right or Get Left" and "Without a test, there is no testimony."
After that you have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10
Shrink not then from the tempestuous winds of trial, but take comfort, believing that by their rough discipline God is fulfilling this benediction to you. -Charles H. Spurgeon
His last words spoken, "where's my wife."
I will remember his love! I will remember my "Honey."
He leaves to cherish his memory his loyal and devoted wife, Sharon McDaniel, Bristol, VA; six siblings, Maryetta Brown, Thomas "Tommy" (Dianne) McDaniel, Walter McDaniel, William "Billy" (Tina) McDaniel, Teresa Gilmore all of Bristol, TN, and Charlotte (Joseph) Comage of Mount Carmel, TN; two sons, James H. McDaniel, Jr., Reidsville, NC and Karl Robbins, Bristol, TN; three daughters, Valencia (Calvin) Brown, Chesterfield, VA, Yvonne "Cissy" McDaniel, Bristol VA, and Dionna McDaniel, Las Vegas, NV; three sisters-in-law, Theresa Pearson, Terry Baker, and Teresa Boston all of Florence, SC; 10 grandchildren, Jonell Brown, Shanell (Keana) Williams, Harlon Culberson, Emerald McDaniel, Diamond McDaniel, Turquoise Charettte, William B. Charette, Enrique C. Charette, Caleb Henderson and Jaylen Kirk; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
A celebration of life service will be conducted Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 11 am from High Point Baptist Church, Rural Retreat, Va. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 12 pm from Lee St. Baptist Church, Bristol, Va. The family will receive friends from 10:30 am until the hour of service. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery Bristol, TN.