Robert Lee “Bob” McDaniel • August 4, 2017
Robert Lee McDaniel (Bob), 97, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017, at Specialty Center of Pensacola. Bob was born on July 6, 1920, to Minnie and Joe McDaniel in Zephyrhills, FL. He spent most of his life in Pensacola where he met and married his sweetheart, Nita, and where they settled and raised their family. They shared their lives together for 72 years until Nita’s passing.
After a short time of marriage, Bob was drafted into the Army at the beginning of WWII. He served honorably as a sergeant and was a survivor of the Normandy invasion on Omaha Beach. Bob served in four campaigns marching across Europe ending in Belgium as his last duty station before being discharged. He said he had never been so cold in his life, and that one of the most important things the Army taught him during that time was – keep your socks dry.
After returning home, Bob pursued his trade as a bricklayer, but decided that with raising a family it was time for a career change. As a veteran, he was hired at the Naval Air Station working in civil service. He began his employment there working as a painter until he was transferred to the print shop where he designed and produced decals for military aircraft. He was promoted to supervisor, and after years of faithful service, he retired. Some of his work can be seen today on aircraft displayed at the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola NAS.
For many years, Bob was a faithful church member and spent the majority of his church service at Millview Baptist Church, later known as Blue Angel Baptist Church. He loved the Lord and faithfully served in church in whatever capacity was needed. He was a self-made handyman, and there were many times he could be found fixing or helping to fix something at church. He taught the Adult Sunday School class and served as a Deacon for many, many years. Bob truly enjoyed teaching and discussing the Bible with others. He also served for several years on the church finance committee. Probably the only part of church life he was not a part of was the choir. He would be the first to say he “couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.”
Bob was a good and honorable man; decent and honest; a true gentleman. He loved to read and work in his garden. Outside was where he liked to be and most evenings, as health allowed, you could find him sitting on the porch swing, just as he had done with his sweetheart Nita for so many years.
Bob loved his family, and was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were never far from his mind and always in his prayers. He was always the protector, always available to listen, always Dad. Bob is survived by his four children, Robert R. McDaniel, of Pensacola, David McDaniel and his wife Ella, of Pensacola, Ellen Denton and her husband Michael, of Pensacola, and Barbra Hampton-Rowland and her husband Steve, of Milton, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Our family deeply appreciates the care, compassion and kindness shown to Dad and our family by the staff at the Specialty Center of Pensacola during his stay there.
A service will be held to honor Bob at PENSACOLA MEMORIAL GARDENS FUNERAL HOME on Thursday, August 10th, at 2:00 p.m. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home beginning at 1:00 p.m.