Tommy D. McDaniel, 48, of Pine Ridge Avenue, Morganton, NC died Monday, March 29, 2010 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Born in York Co., SC on August 29, 1961, he was the son of Jack and Jean McDaniel Willis of Chatham, VA. Tommy was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He loved to cook, write poetry, and draw. Tommy worked for many years as a cook at Shoneys. Before moving to Morganton, he was a former resident of Charlotte, NC.A loving husband, son, father, and grandfather, Tommy is survived by his wife, Deloris Stewart McDaniel; his parents; daughters, Brandy McDaniel of the home and Sharon Willis of Chatham, VA; a step-son, William Stewart and wife, Jessica, of Wingate, NC; grandchildren, Caleb Chapman, Alana Stewart, and James Crane; uncles, Ray McDaniel and family of Prattville, AL and Donald Willis and family of Atlanta, GA; a faithful canine companion, Penny; and a host of friends.The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 1, 2010 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Cline officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home, where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

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