Family of Ray McDANIEL (90) & Trula Mae WALL
Article in The Lexington Progress, January 26, 2000, by Doris Jarrett
The picture accompanying this article is of our County Executive, Dennis Ray McDaniel, who has been pictured so often in the local paper with groups who visited his office in the Court House., but seldom seen alone. It was my pleasure to have him visit in my home and grant me an interview and this picture. He will have a birthday soon, I learned. Born on February 15, 1949 to Ray and Trula McDaniel, who live near Parkers Crossroads where they have lived since their marriage. He is a retired farmer and Trula taught school for 36 years. Dennis and his family live next door to his parents. They attend Wildersville Baptist Church. Dennis Ray attended Beaver Elementary School, grades 1-8 and played basketball. His uncle, Peck Wall, was the coach. He also played baseball and enjoyed riding horses. The late Eva Derryberry was one of his favorite teachers. At Lexington High School, he played football. He graduated in 1967, then attended Bethel College in McKenzie, Tn, graduating in 1971 with a B.S. Degree in Business Education. He later became certified in physical education [grades K-12] and elementary education. He was married December 14, 1969 to Mary Jane Moore of Linden, Tn. She is daughter of W.R. and Helen Moore, also of Linden. She is a teacher at Beaver Elementary School, teaching Special Education. She has taught 28 years. The McDaniels are the parents of three children. Lana Denise, was born November 21, 1971. She was killed in automobile accident May 2, 1990, as she was coming home from a meeting in Gatlinburg. Dennis Ray McDaniel II[Denny] was born December 16, 1972. He teaches Physical Education at South Side Elementary School. Darren Ross McDaniel, was born April 19, 1980. He is a student at the new Jackson State Campus in Lexington. Mr. McDaniel began his teaching career at Bargerton Elementary School in 1971. The next year, he began teaching and coaching basketball at Beaver Elementary School where he taught until 1987. He quit teaching to farm, but decided to return to the education field and in the fall of 1990, he became the girls' basketball coach at Lexington High School. Due to his father's illness, he returned to farming the following year. In the fall of 1992, he again began teaching and coaching at Beaver Elementary, a position he held until 1994, when he became Henderson County Executive. His first term, was Sept. 1, 1994-1998 and he is currently serving his second term. He attributes the smooth operation of his office to his excellent staff, Beverly Cagle and Ann Grant. He has served on the County Commission, 1982-1990. In 1998, he became vice chairman of the Southwest Development District. He is proud to be a part of the Jackson State Community College and the Tenn. Technology Center which will help to give everyone a better education and job opportunities. It was a pleasure to have him visit in my home for an interview and to learn more about his work. When asked what he hoped to get from this prominent office, he answered, "love for my country and love for its people".
On 14 Dec 1969 when Dennis Ray was 20, he married Mary Jane MOORE, daughter of W.R. MOORE & Helen ?. Born on 31 Dec 1950.
They had the following children:
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