Pauline McDaniel (1914-2009)

by David Shannon

Pauline McDaniel grew up in Nashville and married a sharecropper. She and her husband farmed land on Rutland Road in Wilson County. In the 1940’s she and her husband Kelly were attending the Mt Juliet church of Christ. They decided to commit their lives to Christ and were baptized in the creek running adjacent to the church property. During this time she faithfully cared for her son, Kelly, who became an invalid at five years of age. Upon his death, just before his ninth birthday, she searched for employment to pay for his funeral. She began working for Tennessee Tuffin (later called Global Springs), then worked 17 years for Washington Manufacturing and retired from Clover Bottom Development Center as a supervisor.

She loved the Lord, her family, the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center, making crafts, ceramics, sewing, and even carpentry work. Pauline was very smart, skilled with her hands, independent, caring, and competitive. She loved to play cards, such as canasta and rook. Even in recent years she continued to take her family on picnics at Beech Bend Park. As a mother she did not spare the switch! She raised up children to be responsible adults who praised their mother. They were recipients of her sacrificial heart. She made sure they had the necessities. They felt secure knowing she would do anything for them.

Pauline was a person of perseverance. She had two children to pass away; Louise at three weeks of age and Kelly at nine. She has been widowed since 1985. She continued to march on and was described by so many as a sweet, sweet lady.

On Sunday, January 18, 2009 our dear sister, Pauline passed away at the age of 94. She was adopted from the Tennessee Children’s Home at the age of 5. Sunday while you are placing a donation in the coin can for TCH, remember you have the opportunity to invest in lives that may live to magnify Christ until 2100! Isn’t adoption a wonderful gift from God? Let’s allow Mrs. Pauline’s life to inspire us and give generously to the Children’s Home.

Rarely does a funeral chapel overflow into the foyer during a midday funeral on a weekday, but that is what we witnessed at Pauline’s funeral. Consider how many of her peers have already passed, yet the time of memorial was attended by so many in addition to the abundance of beautiful flowers. You may have noticed the two beautiful fresh cut arrangements in the auditorium Sunday from her funeral. Pauline McDaniel will be greatly missed. By faith and hope we plan to have a great reunion!