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June 8, 1930 - March 20, 2022
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Entered into rest on Sunday, March 20, 2022, Mr. George Grady Daniel, Jr., 91, loving husband of Corinne M. Daniel. Family members, in addition to his wife, include his sons: Barry Daniel (Marsha) and Vic Daniel (Tammy); grandchildren: Abbie Daniel, Celeste Daniel, Kasey LaCroix, Kayla Littlefield, Sarah Ashley Ebere; and great grandchildren: Lucy LaCroix and Jack Grady LaCroix, Mason Picht and Silas Ebere. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Grady Daniel, Sr. and Clyde McGraw Daniel, and his infant sister, Opal Daniel. Grady was born in Augusta Georgia in a home on Reynolds Street on June 8, 1930 to Grady and Clyde Daniel. He was the only child born to them after his infant sister Opal passed away. Grady Jr. was the pride and joy of their lives. He was raised in a Christian home and came to know Christ as Savior during his teenage years. He was a graduate of North Augusta High School, earned a BS degree from Clemson University and was loyal fan of the Clemson Tigers teams. He also received a Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Georgia. He taught high school chemistry and physics at Georgia Military College and later worked at Georgia’s Central State Hospital. Grady Daniel spent many years as a school teacher, Christian leader, psychiatric rehabilitation counselor and center manager for Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Center. He was honored for his outstanding counseling work as he twice received the Georgia Rehabilitation Counseling Association’s “Case of the Year Award”. He also received a “Case of the Year Recognition” by the Southeast Region of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He later retired from employment with the state of Georgia after more than 30 years of dedicated service in helping people. On the walls of his office no matter where it was located was the Bible verse, “Whatsoever you would, that men should do to you do ye even so to them.” This was a major characteristic of his life. He treated every person with respect, dignity and kindness. He grew in Christ throughout his adult life and was ordained as a deacon in 1960. A deep calling and commitment of his life was the study and teaching of God’s word. His Sunday School Bible teaching ministry began when he was in college and spanned the next 60 years. During that time he taught all ages of students from junior boys through senior adults. He met his loving wife, Corinne McLemore Daniel when he played trumpet in a small instrumental combo. Corinne as a college student hired his band to play at one of their dances. They met through that business transaction and the rest is history! They were married on August 6, 1960 and later had two sons Barry and Vic. Grady and Corinne were married for over 61 years when God called him home. He was an excellent photographer and writer. Many of his photographs and articles appeared in Georgia and South Carolina newspapers throughout his lifetime. His book, “A Love That Change Lives” was first published in 1978 and later reprinted in 2010. Words that his family uses to describe him are compassionate, genuine, generous, gracious and forgiving, a man of conviction, humble, intelligent, creative, innovative, problem solver, counselor, patriotic, dedicated and committed. He had a great sense of humor as he enjoyed laughing at corny jokes, at family happenings and episodes and had a joy about life that was encouraging. Corinne said of him that he always sacrificed for the good of his family. One example of this was that he was always the last to get himself new clothes or new shoes in order that the boys would have school clothes or cleats for sports etc. It was not unusual for him to have worn places in the bottoms of his shoes. His love for his family was 2nd only to his love for Christ. Grady’s love and care for his wife and boys was deep, tender, loyal, and constant. All of his grandchildren and great grandchildren he considered a special blessing and loved each of them with all of his heart. He took great interest in each of their lives, rejoicing in their accomplishments and supporting them in their disappointments. Our husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather will be greatly missed by all of our family. We are grateful to the Lord that he allowed him to live here 91 years. He has been here our whole lives. We have seen in him a life worthy of imitation because he imitated Christ. We will do our best to honor him through our lives remembering the tremendous spiritual heritage and life lessons he has taught us. The family would like to acknowledge and thank all of our pastors, family and friends for the outpouring of love, prayers and support expressed to us during this time. We also want to recognize the skillful and compassionate caregivers from right at home – thank you for loving our dad and treating him with dignity respect and kindness. We pray that all who share our love for Grady Daniel during this time will be comforted by the God that Grady Daniel knew personally and if you don’t know Jesus, He is ready to establish a saving relationship with you today. May God bless you all for your kindness shown to our family. The funeral service will be held Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with Rev. Robert Lehn and Rev. Bill Harrell officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Westside Baptist Church, 261 Flowing Wells Rd. Augusta, GA 30907. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 evening from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com