Jimmy Ray McDaniel, of Tellico Plains, peacefully went home to be with his Lord on March 11, 2019, at UT Medical Center, after a lengthy illness.

Jimmy was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church, along with his wife, Kay. He was looking forward to their 50th wedding anniversary in June. He loved his family and spending time on his farm with his horses. He never missed a beach vacation and enjoyed simply sitting and watching the waves roll in.

He spent many years as a bus driver in Monroe County, and retired in 2007 from TMG High School in Sweetwater.

He was 73 years old.

Preceded in death by: his parents, the Rev. R.C. and Genetta McDaniel; brother, Johnny McDaniel; and in-laws, Vernon and Ruby Caughran.

Survivors include: his wife, Kay McDaniel, of Tellico Plains;

Daughter and son-in-law, Amy McDaniel-Nelson and Jeremy Nelson, of Grasonville, Md.;

Sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Jr. Bunch, of Madisonville;

Nephew, Jesse and Jody Bunch, of Madisonville.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Graveside service and interment will follow at 2 p.m., in Piney Grove Cemetery, with the Rev. Dwayne Leming and the Rev. Ollie Lankford officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Piney Grove Cemetery Fund, by contacting Chris Teague at 423-271-1894.

Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville.