Morris Arthur McDaniel June 22, 1936 ~ Feb. 28, 2013
February 20, 2013, 9:03 am by Staff Reports
As a young man, Morris learned the windmill trade from his father and was one of the few people in the Hill Country with this knowledge. Morris graduated from Bertram High School in 1954. He worked in the oil fields in West Texas during the late 1950s; in the early 1960s he worked throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas installing telephone lines for Max Clark at B&B Pole Company based out of Mineral Wells, Texas. Mineral Wells is where he met and married Velva Jo Cline. Morris and Jo were united for 41 years and resided in Bertram since 1969 were they raised their girls.
After returning to Bertram, he joined the Carpenters Union where he worked on several small and large construction projects in the Austin area. Morris was actively involved in his community, serving as city councilman, volunteer fireman and Oatmeal Festival Board of Directors where he was one of the original founders. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and was known for his infamous barbecue.
Morris was preceded in death by his parents Dan and Estelle McDaniel; wife Velva Jo McDaniel; sister Gail Coats; brothers Bo and Richard McDaniel; step-daughter Carolyn Reynolds; two step-grandchildren and one great-step-grandchild.
Morris is survived by his girls Doris Gail Allen and husband Glynn and Sandra Kaye Hopkins and husband Ricky, both of Bertram, and Julie Pearson and husband Brian of Wisconsin; step-sons Joe Folwell and Ricky Folwell; brothers and sisters Alton, Vernelle, Buddy, Reta, Dixie, Aldeen and Jimmy; grandchildren Jennifer, Nicole, Lauren, Arthur, Christopher, Laura, Danielle, and Bria; great-grandchildren Aiden, Gracie, Rylan, Regan, Mady, Amory, Dallas, Dakota, Baileigh and Madison and 13 step-grandchildren, 22 step-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service was held Monday, March 4 at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home with Ed Schaffer officiating. Honorary pallbearers named were Virgil Evans, Roy Keeling, Glenn Ringstaff, Ken Odiorne, Keith Smith, John Crutchfield and G.H.(Son) Turner. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bertram Free Library, Bertram Senior Center or the charity of your choice.
Condolences to the family may be made to www.clementswilcoxburnet.com. Arrangements were made by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home and Crematory.
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