P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Raymond Darrell McDaniel
May 12, 1959 - February 3, 2023

Raymond Darrell McDaniel

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Raymond Darrell McDaniel, age 63 of Monticello, passed away Friday, February 3, 2023, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. He was born May 12, 1959, in Heber Springs, AR to the late Robert Ben McDaniel and JoAnn Meek McDaniel.

He was a Machine Tool Instructor at the Monticello OEC and member of Northside Baptist Church. Darrell also worked at Burlington Industries after graduating from high school, then worked briefly at War Eagle Boats before taking the position at Monticello OEC. Darrell was a quiet man and a deep thinker who loved his family and friends with all his heart. He spent his days enjoying fishing, hunting, camping, and being with his family. In his youth, he proudly enjoyed his time as a Monticello Senior High Billies Football player and was a member of the MHS class of 1978. He loved his classmates and so enjoyed his class reunions. He had a passion for passing his knowledge of machine tools to his students at Monticello OEC for 20 plus years. He loved his students and hearing their success stories. He was also a member of 30-30 hunting club for 30+ years. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Jo Beth Hudgens; a brother, Robert Alan McDaniel; a nephew, Caleb Alan McDaniel; and two brothers-in-law, Donny Farley and Ronnie Rogers, mother in laws, Marilyn Callison and Brenda Bratton

Survivors include his wife, Lee Ann McDaniel of Monticello; one son, Jordan McDaniel (Emmalee) of Star City; two daughters, Katie Marshall (Ramey) of Little Rock and Julie McDaniel (James Grate) of Asheville, NC; an expected granddaughter, Rylee McDaniel; two grandchildren, Madison Marshell and Mason Marshell; father in law Gary Bratton of Caddo Valley, AR; siblings, Roland McDaniel (Hope) of Alexander, Risia Farley of Monticello, Phillip McDaniel (Lori) of Monticello, David McDaniel (Nita) of Monticello, Peggy Byrd (Jeff) of Bryant, Art McDaniel of Sheridan and Kristi Moseley (Mike) of Monticello; brothers-in-law, Tommy Bratton (Tracy) of Monticello and John Bratton (Vicki) of Rockport, sisters-in-law, Karen Montemayor (Scott) of Montgomery, TX, Billie Kay Calvert of Fort Smith and Candi Rogers of Fordyce, an uncle, Robert Lynn Meek (Anita) of Cave Springs; two aunts, Corrine Meek of Kansas City, MO and Kay Jensen of Baton Rouge, LA; 46 nieces and nephews and 46 great nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Northside Baptist Church with Rev. Thomas Lanthrip officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Darrell's memory to the Monticello OEC, 741 Scogin Drive, Monticello, AR 71655 You can sign Darrell's guestbook page at www.stephensondearman.com.

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Funeral Service
Saturday, February 11, 2023
at 1:00 p.m.
Northside Baptist Church
E. Pope St.
Monticello, AR  71655
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Monticello OEC
741 Scogin Drive
Monticello, AR  71655


  1. Peggy Willams
    Lee Ann , I was so sorry to hear about Darrell, I can only imagine what you are going through. I had planned on being at the service today, but just wasn’t up to it. He was a great guy and I know that you are going to miss him so very much.. Just cherish the memories , because I know that you two had wonderful times together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, love you. Peggy Willams
  2. David Crouch
    I am so sorry for your loss
  3. Janice Dodson Ware
    Lee Ann and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and comfort you…
  4. Duane and Martha Richey
    LeaAnn and children, and all Darrel’s family. We loved Darrel and all of you so much! We have had so many great times and have so many wonderful memories of you all and the 30-30 deer camp. Please know that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers. We love you! God bless!!
  5. Jennifer Groves Stone
    Mrs. Lee Ann, I am so very sorry to hear of Mr. Darrell’s passing. I can’t even begin to count the number of nights I spent babysitting for y’all! Such a sweet and loving family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
  6. Cindy McKinstry
    My prayers are w/you Lee Ann & your family during this time of adjusting from the loss of Darrell.
  7. Chris White
    We are so sorry to hear about Darrell, we are praying for the family
  8. Larry & Gail Hammil
    Jordan and Emmalee, We are so sorry for your loss, prayers for peace and comfort. May GOD bless you.
  9. Alvin and Irma James
    To family: Our thoughts and prayers with you. Darrell always very kind when we came to OEC. Love to all.
  10. Pam McDougald
    Lee Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed. Sending you love and prayers.
  11. Earnestine Colburn
    Lee Ann and family, I worked with Darrell in the shop for several years at Burlington . Like so many others, I lost touch with him after Burlington shut down.
    I enjoyed working with him. He was always a go-get-er.

    It was a shock to learn of his passing.You all are in my prayers and thoughts as you begin a chapter in your life without him.
  12. Sharon Shook McIntyre
    Dear Family of Darrell,

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He and all of you were our down the street neighbors on Borchardt St when we were growing up. Heaven has gained another angel. Darrell was a very kind, polite, overall good guy. I am so sorry for your loss.

  13. Larry Hargis
    Darrell and I worked at Burlington together, he was always nice and friendly he will be missed.
  14. Judy James
    LeeAnn & family I’m so sry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord & his angels watch over you during this difficult time.
  15. Scott Milburn
    I never met Mr. Mac, however, I still feel like I knew him by the stories my grandson Trae told me about the classes he had under him. It is clear to me the students held Mr. Mac in high regard for his patience, knowledge and interest in seeing each of them learned some valuable life skills. His past and most recent students will no doubt remember him fondly. His passing is a loss not only to his family and friends, but as well to the students, the Monticello School District, Monticello and Drew County. Prayers for the family and may God bless them as they navigate this difficult time.
  16. James and Kathy Berry
    Lee Ann and Family
    We are so sad about your great loss.
    Much love and prayers for all of you.

    James and Kathy
  17. Lisha Foreman-Davis
    LeeAnn and family,
    I am in total shock hearing about Darrell’s passing. My heart is overcome with so much sadness, the tears will not stop flowing. He was the kindest, loving, and yes, a very overprotective cousin a person could have. I would have not changed a thing about him. When he cared and loved someone he always gave his whole heart. LeeAnn and family, his heart belonged to you guys for he loved you so much. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I will always have a special place in my heart for my dearest cousin, classmate, and my childhood self proclaimed protector that I loved so much. We shared so many wonderful family memories while growing up. To his brothers and sisters, my heart is with all of you right now. We had a very unique and loving family thanks to our grandparents and our parents while growing up. May God wrap his loving arms around you guys and give you strength as you go through this difficult time.
  18. Kay Henson
    Lee Ann, Please accept by deepest sympathy. Having only met you and Darrell once, my heart is still very heavy in your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
  19. Ricky Wilkerson
    Lee Ann I don't know what to say this has hit me like a rock my friend my baseball buddy my spending the night buddy my school buddy and later in life my buddy my friend and to you dear my friend I Love Ya and to his special kids I'm so sorry the world lost a very wonderful human being
  20. Wanda Kulbeth-Harris
    LeAnn, I could not believe it when Garrett called to give me the news. He thought a lot of Daryl. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap you in his arms during the difficult days ahead.
    Jimmy and Wanda
    Garrett McAnally
  21. Marianne Jasay-Zeno
    Lee Ann and family, I can’t tell you how shocked and sorry I am about the passing of Darrell. LeeAnn, I don’t know many couples that were more perfect for one another then the two of you. I am praying for God’s grace to surround you and keep you while you try and come to terms with this very big loss. What an amazing friend he was to me my whole life. He was dearly loved and he will most certainly be be missed by many. Tight hugs and prayers. 🙏🏻❤️ Marianne
  22. Kara Nealey
    Mrs. Lee Ann, yourself, Julie, Katie and Jordan are in our thoughts and prayers while going through this tough time. Mr. Darrell was a wonderful person and it was a blessing to know him.
  23. Gary Newton
    Lee Ann….I, like most people am still in shock at the news of Darrell’s passing. Just can’t seem to wrap my head around it. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers during this difficult time. May God give you the strength to get through each day.
  24. Kay Worbington
    Dear Lee Ann and family, I am so sorry for your great loss of Darrell. You have my prayers of comfort at this very sad time. I've known him since he was a kid and he has always been a nice guy. From all that I have heard, he was a great teacher. My grandson made the comment that it was very important to Mr. McDaniel for his students to learn and to enjoy doing it.

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