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Kings Mountain Police Department’s patrol division has launched Taking It To the Streets. The campaign fights drugs
at the street dealer and user level.
Interstate 85 is another pipeline.
Twelve miles of interstate run north
and south through Kings Mountain.
Patrol officers are now watching trans-
fer trucks there and on N.C. 74. During
a recent Highway Drug Investigations
class, officers received intelligence
reports on trucking companies known
for trafficking. Additional training con-
The types of drugs and who uses
them knows no bounds, officials say.
Methamphetamine, cocaine, crack,
marijuana and xanac, oxycontin and
other prescription drugs have been
confiscated. Arrests span economic,
gender and racial lines.
Murphrey and the city council are
backing the department's efforts with
funding. Murphrey has heard from
several families hurt by drugs.
Sometimes a child is addicted, other
times it’s the parents.
“It tears the family apart,” he said.
More busts are planned though
Proctor won't give details.
“If they want to know, they can call
could be enjoyable. It’s the chance to
serve others that appeals to him.
“At a time like this, they (families)
need some help,” he said.
McDaniel and three other licensed
funeral directors share the responsibili-
ty of being on call. That means middle
of the night work sometimes.
McDaniel began his career in 1949,
two years after Ollie Harris started the
funeral home. He remained as a part
time employee from 1960 to 1996 while
working for the postal service. In 1996,
McDaniel began a full time schedule
McDaniel has watched the funeral
industry change over the past half cen-
tury. When he started, hearses doubled
as ambulances. With standard first aid
training, the undertaker doubled as an
emergency medical provider. The floor
of the hearse, equipped with rollers for
the casket, flipped over providing a
smooth surface to place the stretcher. A
red light on the dash signaled other
drivers to clear the road.
In the 1950s and 1960s, most families
received friends at home. Today, the
funeral home averages only one family
per year holding a home receiving.
According to McDaniel, using the
funeral home is more convenient for
“It’s easier on them,” he said.
The price of a funeral has changed
over the decades. When McDaniel
began, the average funeral cost was
between $500 and $800. Today, funerals
run from $6,000 to $7,000. He credits
this to inflation and the Federal Trade
Commission requiring itemization.
Cremation was rare decades ago.
Today, 10 percent of families served by
Harris opt for it. The practice has his-
torically been more popular in north- /
ern states. As more people move south,
requests for cremation have increased.
The practice is also gaining in popular-
ity among natives.
“A lot of people are going to that,”
Despite all the changes, McDaniel
says families still grieve as much as
McDaniel says he and his co-work-
ers deal with the sadness they see daily
Johnson. “The mother (of -
Justin) is satisfied. We're
Braswell, who was devel-
opmentally delayed, was 19
at the time of his death. He
was robbed and then shot
while walking home from a
city sponsored street dance
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by not taking the job home with them.
“You've got a job to do. You brace
yourself up and do it,” McDaniel said.
He admits this is not easy when a
child or mother of young children dies.
McDaniel says he was nervous when
he first began his career. Literally
recruited out of the cotton field, he was
only 18 or 19.
While visiting McDaniel’s father’s
farm, Ollie Harris turned to the young
man and asked him his plans for the
“He told me to ‘put your suit on and
help me,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel’s first duties included get-
ting flower arrangements in and out of
churches. In 1955, he was licensed as a
funeral director. In 1956, he graduated
from the Dallas Institute Gupton Jones
College of Mortuary Science. Since
then he has done all aspects of funeral
care except for hair styling.
McDaniel plays golf every Tuesday.
He is a member of Bethlehem Baptist
Church. He and his wife June have two
children, Susie Terres and David
McDaniel. They have two grandchil-
dren, Brandy McDaniel and Josh
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