Elwood J. McDaniel, 81, who founded G.E.M. Plumbing and Heating in West
Hyattsville, died March 24 of respiratory failure at Montgomery Hospice's
Casey House in Rockville. He had Parkinson's disease.
Mr. McDaniel named the plumbing business with his son's initials. He owned
and operated it with his wife for 27 years until retiring in 1986.
Elwood Jackson McDaniel was born in Shenandoah, Va., and came to the
Washington area as a boy. After graduating from the old Central High
School in 1948, he apprenticed as a plumber and received a master plumber's
He was a member of Ager Road United Methodist Church in Hyattsville until
retirement, when he moved back to Shenandoah. There, he became a member
of Grove Hill United Methodist Church and helped design and build its
He returned to the Washington area in 2002 and settled at Leisure World in
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Lillian Billy, of Silver
Spring; three children, Gary E. McDaniel and Sandra K. McDaniel, both of
Laurel, and Kelly L. Ryan of Columbia; and two grandsons.
-- Emma Brown