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McDaniel swaps tour bus for hearse
William B. "Bill" McDaniel is
parking his tour bus and returning
=to_a full-time position at Harris
“McDaniel started driving a bus
for America Charters 14 years ago
‘on’ a part-time basis, traveling i in 49
“States and Canada or "a bunch of
hiles," he says.
* His favorite trips included a 35-
ih stay in Alaska two years ago
and to the Pacific Northwest and
‘Branson, Missouri. Some of the
-time his wife, Helen, traveled with
“them and even though he admitted
' to'becoming tired behind the wheel
he said he enjoyed meeting the 40
"passengers on each bus trip and
"Seeing the beautiful sights they wit-
"It was a job that I was paid to
do'but one that I enjoyed because I
would have never been able to af-
‘ford the luxury of all those vaca-
tions," he said.
McDaniel's rapport with the
public is nothing new. He used to
“be on a first name basis with the
‘ipostal patrons on his mail route.
The popular mailman and Kings
Mountain native also endeared
himself to the staff of Harris
Funeral Home on a part time ba-
sis beginning in 1949 when J. Ollie
Harris Sr. called him and asked
him to help out at a funeral.
After graduating from Grover
High School in 1947, he worked at
the Margrace Mill for one year,
served in the Korean Conflict,
graduated from Dallas Institute of
Mortuary Science in Texas and
came back to Harris until 1960
when he joined the Kings
Mountain Post Office.
For 26 1/2 years Bill was a rural
mail carrier on Route 1 which ex-
tended from the Patterson Grove
Community to Long Creek Road,
Crowders Mountain and York
Road. For 3 1/2 years he was a
substitute carrier and clerk.
"I always loved working with
Ollie and the people here at Harris
Funeral Home and felt like I was
always a part of the operation and
here all my life," he said.
Harris, founder of the company,
"Bill is a valuable asset to our
fine team and we are glad he's back
on a full time basis."
Born in a family of 14 children,
nine boys and five girls, Bill was
reared on a farm in the Bethlehem
Community and remembers when
the community was made up of on-
ly about four or five houses, in-
cluding the home of his parents,
Dixie and Annie McDaniel.
Eleven McDaniel children sur-
vive, including Josephine Sellers,
Sarah Stroup, Helen Roberts,
Charles McDaniel, Roger
McDaniel, Bill McDaniel and
Gerald McDaniel, all of whom
live within three miles of each oth-
er in the Bethlehem Community.
Ruth Sanders lives in Grover,
Martha Wright lives in Hickory
and’ Durwood and Naaman
McDaniel live in Shelby. Bill lost
three brothers to death, one at birth
and Glenn McDaniel and Clyde
"We have a big family and used
to have our reunions in the base-
ment of our house but we soon out-
grew it," said Bill, who said close
Kings Mountain Hospital is accredited
Kings Mountain Hospital has
achieved accreditation from the
Joint Commission on Accreditation
of Healthcare Organizations as a
result of its demonstrated compli-
ance with the Joint Commission's
nationally recognized health care
Administrator Hank Neal re-
ceived the notice of accreditation
The Joint Commission's on-site
survey occurred in October 1995.
Three members of the survey team
visited the hospital for three days.
+ "We've been working almost a
“year to become accredited after the
“hospital voluntarily dropped its ac-
=ereditation several years ago," said
+= Neal said that dropping the ac-
“ereditation status meant that some
risurance companies would not
“pay for beneficiaries using that fa-
wility and thatitswas Smportafit te
iget insurance. for all prints to use
== "This accreditation indicates we
Toe ‘pushing to attain a certain level
“of quality,” said Neal.
== She called the accreditation
“roof of an organizationwide
Midgette rolls 420
in duckpin league
= Mark Midgette had a night duck-
pin bowlers dream about Tuesday
‘night at Dilling Heating.
i= The veteran bowler rolled a 161
Hine and 420 series to lead his
Bream Team to an 8-0 sweep of
Family Affair, giving the Dreamers
an early two-game lead over the
Antiques in the third quarter race.
Fhe: Antiques defeated Bullwinkle
N Friends 6-2.
= - Midgette” got an assist from
Chris Hullender, who'bowled a 117
tine and 300 set. R.W. Hullender
fed Family Affair with a 135 line
and 363 set. Debbie Hullender
added a 121 line and Charlie Grigg
had a 304 set.
= John Dilling's 128 line and 337-
‘led the Antiques over
Bullwinkle. Irene Ruley added a
F19 line and 302 set. Robbie
Hullender led Bullwinkle with a
326 line and 352 set.
= JAMES WESLEY ‘WALKER
birth of their son
= James Wesley Walker was born
Becember 26, 1995 at Cleveland
Memorial Hospital in Shelby. He
weighed eight pounds, 8 1/2
aunces and was 20 inches long.
= Parents are James and Bernadine
Walker of Kings Mountain.
= Maternal grandparents are Leona
Carter of Wyoming, W. Va.
Paternal grandparents are Leo and
Francis Walker of Kings Mountain.
commitment to provide quality
care on an ongoing basis."
Since Carolinas Medical Center
leased the hospital it has also un-
dertaken an extensive recruitment
program to recruit more doctors to
the area. Formed in 1951, the Joint
Commission is dedicated to im-
proving the quality of the nation's
health care through voluntary ac-
creditation, said Neal.
"Above all, the national stan-
dards are intended to stimulate
continuous, systematic and organi-
zationwide improvements in an or-
ganization's performance and the
outcomes of care," said Charles
Bair, executive vice-president,
Division of Accreditation
Operations, Joint Commission.
"The community should be
proud that Kings Mountain
Hospital is focusing on the most
challenging goal - to continuously
raise quality to higher levels," he
Neal spoke of her pride in a staff
whose members ask what needs
to be done to be accredited by the
"In addition, they appreciate the
educational aspect of the survey
and the opportunity to interact with
the team of surveyors," she said.
Neal said that Joint Commission
accreditation makes a strong state-
ment to the community about the
hospital's desire to provide services
of the highest quality. For patients
and others, accreditation serves as
an index that practitioners meet na-
tional standards for quality.
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Active all his life in Bethlehem
Baptist Church, Bill directed the
choir for 28 years and has taught
Sunday School and served in most
activities of the church. He was the
second layman to serve as
Moderator of the Kings Mountain
Baptist Association. For 12 years
he served on-the Kings Mountain
Board of Education, six years as
He is married to Helen Morris
McDaniel, an operating room nurse
at Kings Mountain Hospital for 22
years who still works part time at
the local hospital. They have two
children: David, an Eaton
Corporation employee; and Suzie
Terres: of Shelby, a Kings
Mountain Middle School teacher.
There are two grandchildren,
Brandi McDaniel and Josh
Bill enjoys golfing as a hobby.
Other members of the Harris
Funeral Home staff are Harris,
Ronnie Hawkins, Eric Wright, Bill
Baity, George Smith, Coleen Tate,
Peggy Gladden and Becky Harris.
Harris is currently completing
major renovations to the chapel,
offices and family visitation rooms.
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