William Desmond “Dez” McDaniel, Sr., 93, of Fairlawn, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at LewisGale Hospital. He was a retired security guard at New River Valley Mall.
Dez was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Sue McDaniel, and six brothers and two sisters. He was the last surviving member of his generation.
Dez was known for his singing.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Phillips McDaniel; a son, William D. “Willie” McDaniel, Jr., of Radford; a daughter, Carol Sue Smith of Texas; a grandson, Shane McDaniel of Radford; a granddaughter, Karen Benfield of Texas; several great-grandchildren, stepchildren, and step- grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Per his request, graveside services were held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at 1 p.m. in West View Cemetery in Radford with Justin Phillips officiating.
The McDaniel family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. www.mullinsfuneralhome.com.