Carl Oscar McDaniels passed away in Bridgewater, Va., on Oct. 6, 2019, at the age of 89. He was born in September of 1930 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Janette (Miller) and Oscar McDaniels. He married Wilda Ann Eller in 1951 after they graduated from Bridgewater College.

Carl’s father worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Veterans Administration. As a child, Carl lived in South Dakota, Washington, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. He graduated from Washington and Lee HS in Arlington, Va. In a high school autobiography, he wrote: “my life’s work must be in the area of helping others and not just myself.” He lived by that motto throughout his life.

Carl served honorably in the U.S. Navy, which took him to Maryland, Rhode Island, Cuba, Newfoundland, and New Hampshire. He then obtained his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia.

Carl’s work experience began in junior high school as a paper carrier and advertising messenger for the Washington Evening Star. Carl continued that love of print until his last days. He was a YMCA camp counselor, carpenter on the White House renovation (1951), Bedford County, Va., Counselor and Coach, Counselor at his alma mater W&L HS, Director of Professional Services at American Personnel and Guidance Association, and Professor of Education at George Washington University.

In 1969, Carl and his family moved to Blacksburg, Va., to help create the College of Education at Virginia Tech. During his 30 years at VT, he was a Professor of Counselor Education as well as Director of Graduate Studies and Research. He wrote multiple professional books and articles. One of his proudest accomplishments was the creation, development, and direction of VA VIEW in 1979 which was a career information delivery system for the state of Virginia.

Sports were a big part of Carl’s life. He played, coached, and taught swimming, basketball, football, tennis, and his favorite, baseball.

Upon retiring from Virginia Tech, Carl remained active volunteering in the Blacksburg community. He served as board member and president of AARP, was an active member of the Blacksburg United Methodist Church where he became the Chair of the Older Adult Ministries Council, creating the Renewers group which brought seniors together for fellowship and encouraging faithful living in the retirement years. He was dedicated to his Rotary Club being a member for 40 years and serving as president. He supported numerous other volunteer opportunities including helping veterans and seniors reenter the workforce and facilitating voter registration through the League of Women Voters.

In 2014, Carl and Ann moved to the Bridgewater Retirement Community to be closer to family. They enjoyed their final years reconnecting with Bridgewater College alumni and friends. They transferred their church membership to the Bridgewater United Methodist Church at that time.

Carl was a dedicated husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. Carl was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ann, and his sister, Marietta. Surviving are three daughters, Lynn Beatty (Bill) of Upper Tract, W.Va., Lisa McDaniels of Huntingdon, Pa., and Diane McDaniels (George Williams) of Winchester, Va.; three granddaughters, Laurel Dilley (Justin) of Dunmore, W.Va., Colleen Beatty (Phil Pifer) of Morgantown, W.Va., and Ginger Beatty of Upper Tract, W.Va., and two great-granddaughters, Marcie and Maggie Dilley.

 A funeral for Carl will be at the Lantz Chapel on the campus of Bridgewater Retirement Community (BRC) on Oct. 12, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. with an ice cream social following. The family is grateful for the compassionate care and support that BRC has provided Carl and his family over the last several years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bridgewater HealthCare Foundation Inc., 302 N. Second St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.

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