Obituary: Gary G. Daniel M.D.

Beloved long-practicing physician, Gary Glynn Daniel, M.D., 91, of Minden, LA passed away at his home on October 23, 2023. Dr. Daniel was born in Alberta, Louisiana, on June 6, 1932, to Roxie Alabama Guin Daniel and Jake Wilmer Daniel. Graduating from Minden High School, he received a football scholarship to Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR, where he met the love of his life, Gloria Stueart. 

Completing his undergraduate studies, then marrying in 1955, attended Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans, LA, graduating in 1960.  Following graduation, he served his country, completing his internship at the prestigious Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC.  Upon completing his internship, he was assigned the post of Chief Division Surgeon for the 2nd Armored Division, at Fort Hood, TX, earning the rank of Captain.

Upon separating honorably from the U.S. Army in 1963, he returned to his hometown of Minden, where he proudly served the city and surrounding communities as a most skillful physician and surgeon.  He was dedicated, caring, and one of the few “old school doctors” who understood the critical importance of taking time to get to know their patients.  His practice was always a combination of complete subject matter knowledge and delivering it in an understanding and caring manner. He was much loved.

Dr. Daniel retired in 2003 from his medical practice, even though he never stopped providing care to family and friends.  In addition to his practice, he was active and involved with the Minden Medical Center, Webster Bank and Trust Co., and the Minden Housing Authority. Additionally, Daniel was the Coroner for Webster Parish from 2000 to 2004, and Deputy Coroner for many years previously. Dr. Daniel spent 43 years as a physician, during which time he also successfully raised various breeds of purebred cattle on his farm in Heflin, LA; was an accomplished private pilot; was a self-taught saw-miller; enjoyed his own sawmill, woodworker; and accomplished fisherman. 

Dr. Daniel is survived by lovely wife Gloria Stueart Daniel of Minden, children Leslie and Byron Rainer of Minden, Ben Daniel of Heflin, and James Daniel and Tara Inhofe of Tulsa, OK.  He always enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.  To them, he was always a font of knowledge on any subject being discussed.  He was a true Renaissance man.

His grandchildren include Michael and Heather Daniel of Heflin, LA; Charlie and Sarah Daniel of Bossier City, LA; Matthew Black and wife Anna Krause of Williamsburg, VA; Gabrielle Inhofe of London, UK; Caitie Daniel of Chicago, IL; Ingrid Rainer of Austin, TX; and Laurel, Mary Celeste, and Amelia Daniel of Edmond, OK. 

His great grandchildren include Riley and Kingston Daniel of Heflin, LA; Chase Daniel of Minden, LA; Olivia George and Harper Daniel of Bossier City, LA.  He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family of Dr. Daniel wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Michael Chanler, Minden Medical Center, along with the wonderful nurses, counselors, chaplain, and administrators at Passages Hospice. The family offers their special thanks to his caregivers Precious Edwards, Melba Benjamin, LaKita Edwards, Kyeisha Edwards, and Barbara Boswell.

Memorial services are to be held at Rose Neath Chapel in Minden, Reverend David Dietzel officiating. Visitation will take place at 10:00am, with services to be conducted at 11:00am, Saturday, October 28, 2023. Graveside services to follow at Minden City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN.