Stanley "Stan" Paul McDaniel, age 70, of Spindale, passed away on Tuesday November 21, 2017.
Born March 22, 1947 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late James Paul McDaniel and Doris Jernigan McDaniel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved grandson, Matthew Stanley Bostic.
Those left to cherish his memory include his most beloved wife, Ellen Cook McDaniel; his children, Laura McDaniel Bostic Taylor of Charleston, SC, James Stanley McDaniel of Charlotte, and Paul Jernigan McDaniel of Spindale; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren; brother, Reggie McDaniel and wife Shirley of Ellenboro, sisters, Delores Hardin and husband Glen of Ellenboro, Nancy Jackson and husband Franklin of Bostic, Teresa Ledbetter and husband Roger of Cliffside, CoraWillis and husband Dennis of Ellenboro, and JoAnne Goforth of Charleston, SC; sister-in-law Barbara Williams and husband Billy of McConnells, SC; brother-in-law, Rodger Cook of Rock Hill, SC; many beloved nieces and nephews.
After marrying his high school sweetheart on July 24th, 1965, Stan and Ellen lived full and productive lives, celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary this year. Stan's childhood fascination with airplanes led him to become an adventurous pilot. In the 1970's and 80's, Stan performed aerobatics at air shows and over the fields of Rutherford County, often flying out of the grass air strip at Mt. Lebanon. He was also the first pilot to land at the Rutherford County Airport before the runway was paved.
Stan was an entrepreneur, visionary and inventor. His many endeavors included; owner of SPM Hydraulics, founder and owner of Fast Break Oil in Spindale for many years, founder of Regal Pet Ramps. Among his many inventions was the Robo Lift for which he holds a US patent. Many of his inventions are still being used in the injection molding industry today. Among his many attributes was the ability to teach and mentor, which included teaching Hydraulics and Pneumatics at Isothermal Community College during the 1980's and 90's.
After retiring from his business endeavors, he occupied his time with truck driving and especially enjoyed the travel involved.
Services were held at Spencer Baptist Church in Spindale. A Celebration of Life service was held, Reverend Bruce Caldwell and Reverend Kelly Settlemyre officiated.
Memorial donations are suggested to be made to: Spencer Baptist Church Building Fund, 187 N Oak Street, Spindale, NC 28160 or to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043.
Crowe's Mortuary is assisting the family.