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Dudley Hill McDaniel

April 26, 1946 - October 7, 2022

Dudley Hill McDaniel, 76, of Lynchburg, died at his home, surrounded by his family, on Friday, October 7, 2022. He was the devoted husband to the love of his life, Sandra Coffey McDaniel, for 52 years. Hill is also survived by his beloved daughter, Mary Margaret Prange and her husband, Trent David Prange, and grand dog Lucy of Alexandria, VA; and his step-brother, Michael E. Morris and his wife, Deborah of Lynchburg. Hill was a draftsman/designer for 45 years and retired from Harris Corporation.

Hill was born in Pleasant View, a community of Amherst County, Va. on April 26, 1946, to the late Davis Hill McDaniel and the late Emily Davis McDaniel Morris. He is also preceded in death by his step-father, Fred William Morris.

Hill grew up in Amherst County, Va. and graduated from Amherst County High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from High School and began his married life in Lynchburg, Va.

Hill was a loving husband and caring father to his family. He was a faithful servant to God and Jesus Christ. He was a long-time member of Peakland United Methodist Church where he often served as Greeter, Usher, and assisted with other committees to help the Church and its membership.

Hill loved our country and was a proud American. He was a true friend and always had a kind word, smile on his face, and laugh in his heart. He found joy in the simple things of life; creating a loving home with his wife, creating memories with his daughter, and spending time with his family and dear friends. Fishing trips with good friends and family were an annual tradition for Hill. He was an avid sports fan, especially college and professional football and college basketball. He loved his University of Virginia Wahoos, Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies. He was a lifelong golfer and he spent many years perfecting his game surrounded by wonderful friends while playing. He was a true southern gentleman and a very dapper dresser. He loved music, especially country, southern rock, and beach music. He was the life of the party and a very sought-after dance partner at every dance he attended. He was a kind and gentle soul and everyone that ever met him loved his presence.

A celebration of Hill’s life will be held at Peakland United Methodist Church on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 1pm. The family will greet friends at a reception in the church fellowship hall following the service.

The family would like to thank all of their friends and neighbors that assisted with transporting Hill to UVA for medical appointments or with matters at the house during the last two years. They also are very thankful for the wonderful care Hill received from Dr. Mathew Reilley and his team at UVA. Finally, they would like to thank Gentle Shepherd Hospice for their special assistance and support in his last days.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Peakland United Methodist Church or the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation in Hill’s memory.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

Click here to view Hill’s Memorial Slideshow.

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Sandra and family, We are so sorry to learn that Hill lost his brave battle. I was so appreciative of him and Sandra for attending Massie’s Funeral last December. I missed the obituary and am so sorry I hadn’t heard of your loss. God bless you all, Cynthia and Gary

Posted by Cynthia Wilkerson on November 7, 2022

My deepest sympathy to Sandra and family. I worked with Hill for many years and we always joked with each other. I would always be on the look out for you and Hill when going to dinner at Margie & Rays in Sandbridge. I knew he would greet me with a short joke from across the room! I enjoyed playing golf with Hill during our Glass get togethers. He will truly be missed.

Posted by Rick Saunders on November 2, 2022

Sandra and Mary Margaret. I was so sorry to hear of Hill’s passing. He was always such a friendly and pleasant person when around him. I know he’ll be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. Although I wasn’t able to attend his funeral, please know that I’m thinking of all of you and send my condolences.

Posted by Deanna Ponton on October 14, 2022

Sandra. Please know u r in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Will always remember good times and Hill’s infectious laugh as he was a great person

Posted by Barry Pillow on October 11, 2022

Mary Margaret I'm so sorry and send my deepest condolences, from my family to yours. I pray peace and comfort for you and your family during this time of transition.

Posted by Michelle C. on October 11, 2022

Sandra and Mary Margaret, I was so sorry to hear about Hill's death. What a special person he was. My heart hurts for you and your family during this very difficult and sad time. My thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort are wished for you. Love to all, Toby

Posted by Toby Brooks on October 10, 2022

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