Robert Lee “Tab” McDaniel

February 6, 1938 - July 1, 2013
Robert Lee “Tab” McDaniel

Robert Lee “Tab” McDaniel, age 75 of Surf City, NC passed away Monday, July 1, 2013 at his home.

He was born in Alleghany County, VA on February 6, 1938 to the late Gilbert and Betty Hinson McDaniel.

“Tab” was a resident of Surf City for the past 30 years, and was a faithful member of Chapel by the Bay. “Tab” was a proud veteran of the US Army, and retired from ABF Trucking after 35 years of service as a truck driver. He enjoyed spending time with his family, along with fishing and shrimping in the waters near Surf City.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betsy Jane McDaniel; three children, Sherry Cline, Carrie McDaniel Thompson, and Robert Lee McDaniel, Jr.; six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 2 pm Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Chapel by the Bay in Surf City.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Chapel by the Bay, 216 Michigan Ave., Surf City, NC 28445.

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  • July 02, 2013
    Robert and Sherry Storck says:
    Tab, You were a great friend and will be missed.

  • July 01, 2013
    Larena says:
    Dear McDaniel Family I am deeply sorry for your loss. Death is an enemy that we as humans can not defeat. But our Heavenly father has promised us that through his son Jesus, he will eliminate death forever (John11:25,35,36,41-44). Just knowing that there is a hope for our dead loved ones' future gives us the strength to carry on. (Acts24:25). My thoughts and sympathy are with your family at this most difficult time.

  • July 03, 2013
    Howell Brown Jr says:
    Dear Family, My 9 year old son Howell Brown III "howie" was diagnosed with a pinoblastoma stage 4 brain Tumor in November. He got acquainted with Tab at radiation appointments. It seamed they were inspirations for one another, both on the path of the unknown with good attitudes. They talked on the phone after or during races about who won. My son had hoped to visit after his chemo, now I have no words to tell him. It greatly saddens me to learn of Tabs passing. He was a good friend and put smiles on my sons face. I will never understand Brain tumors or cancer but they fought the war, I pray that the battle is won in gods house as we will all meet again some day. Bless this family and be with them as the long journey has ended

  • July 03, 2013
    cindy rainier says:
    My prayers are with family and friends. May God give you strengh at this trying time. Tab was one of the greatest men I have had the pleasure of meeting my life. He sure loved his fishing. Met him in Florida, so glad God put jim in my life.

  • July 03, 2013
    Sandra Sigmon says:
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss, wish I could be there but can't at this time. My love goes to all the family. With Deepest Sympathy, Sandra Sigmon