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OBITUARY: Morris McDaniel, 76, of Bertram was an Oatmeal Festival founder

Morris Arthur McDaniel, 76, left this world for a better place Feb. 28, 2013, with his family at his side in Bertram, Texas. Morris was born June 22, 1936, in the Shady Grove community of Burnet County to Dan Clinton McDaniel and Margaret Estelle Piper.

As a young man, Morris learned the windmill trade from his father and was one of the few people in the Hill Country with this knowledge. Morris graduated from Bertram High School in 1954. He worked in the oil fields in West Texas during the late 1950s. In the early ’60s, he worked across the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas installing telephone lines for Max Clark at B&B Pole Co. based in Mineral Wells, Texas, where he met and married Velva Jo Cline. Morris and Jo were united for 41 years and resided in Bertram since 1969, raising their girls.

After returning to Bertram, he joined the Carpenters Union and worked on several small and large construction projects in the Austin area. Morris was actively involved in his community, serving as city councilman, volunteer fireman and on the board of directors for the Oatmeal Festival, of which he was one of the original founders. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening and was known for his famous barbecue.

Morris was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Estelle McDaniel; wife, Velva Jo McDaniel; sister Gail Coats; brothers Bo and Richard McDaniel; stepdaughter, Carolyn Reynolds; two step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Morris is survived by his girls, Doris Gail Allen and husband Glynn and Sandra Kaye Hopkins and husband Ricky, both of Bertram, and Julie Pearson and husband Brian of Wisconsin; stepsons, Joe Folwell and Ricky Folwell; brothers and sisters Alton, Vernelle, Buddy, Reta, Dixie, Aldeen and Jimmy; grandchildren, Jennifer, Nicole, Lauren, Arthur, Christopher, Laura, Danielle and Bria; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Gracie, Rylan, Regan, Mady, Amory, Dallas, Dakota, Baileigh and Madison; and 13 step-grandchildren; 22 step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service is 11 a.m. March 4 at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 306 Texas 29 West in Burnet, (512) 756-2222, with Ed Schaffer officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Virgil Evans, Roy Keeling, Glenn Ringstaff, Ken Odiorne, Keith Smith, John Crutchfield and G.H. “Son” Turner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bertram Free Library, the Bertram Senior Center or the charity of your choice.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.clementswilcoxburnet.com.