Gloria June Green McDaniel, 82, died at home on June 27, 2022. She was the daughter of the late Elliott T. and Lessie Pittman Green of Union Springs. A funeral service was held Friday, July 1, 2022, at First Baptist Church, with Rev. Tom Smith officiating.
Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery with Gray Funeral Home directing. A visitation was held at First Baptist Church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Ray McDaniel; son, James Ray McDaniel, Jr.; son-in-law, Randy W. Rogers; great-grandson, John Thomas Mote, and her sister, Betty Green Wesley, and brother-in-law, Lynl Wesley. She is survived by her daughter, Beth McDaniel Rogers, her son, Elliott Lee McDaniel, and wife, Rhonda Fulmer McDaniel, who, along with Lee's daughter, Morgan, were her caretakers.
Also, her brother-in-law, Frank McDaniel and wife, Pat; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Mary Beth Mote and son, Reid; Will and Zully Mote and their daughters, Esme and Zafy; Joey and Kaitlyn Mote; Jennifer Rogers; Ryan McDaniel and Morgan McDaniel, Brody Ward, Brandon Rogers and Dyllian, Chloe, Devyn and Nevaeh, Brandi and James Smith and Hunter, Layney and Talan; nephews and their families: Tim and Joni Wesley and children, David and Alisa McDaniel and children, Don and Niccole McDaniel and daughters. She also had several cousins and friends who will miss her.
Early in her life, she was employed by Union Springs Telephone as an operator. She and Ray were married in 1959. As the children were born, she was a stay-at-home mother who was an excellent cook and loved to make the people in her home feel welcome. They lived in Union Springs until Ray's stroke in 1992.
Shortly after, they moved to Montgomery, where they continued to live until Ray's passing in 2012. June moved to Wetumpka in 2020, and as her health failed, she moved in with Lee and Rhonda. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, going camping and traveling with Lee and his family, and going out to eat.
Pallbearers were Ryan McDaniel, Morgan McDaniel, Brody Ward, Will Mote, Joey Mote, and Matthew Peterson. Nephews were honorary pallbearers.