Daniel Newton McBrayer, Sr.
March 15, 1932- January 16, 2019
American, Patriot, Lover of His Lord
Daniel Newton McBrayer, Sr., age 86, went home to be with the Lord on January 16, 2019 from Harbor Lakes Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Granbury Texas. He was born March 15, 1932 to Hubert Bryan and Mabel McBrayer of Fort Worth Texas.
Dan went to Carter Riverside High School in North Fort Worth but entered the Marine Corps by age 17. He served 2 years active duty during the Korean War, then served 4 years in the reserves. He began working in the family piano business by age 20 and continued to own and operate many stores in the Dallas-Ft Worth area before leaving his legacy to his sons.
Dan had a passionate love for the Lord, family, and sports in that order. His marriage to Ouida Hill produced 4 children: Danny McBrayer Jr. (wife Mary Benell McKinney), Dana Vilaboy (husband Ken Vilaboy), Shannon Sitar, Patrick Donovan McBrayer. He played ASA fast pitch softball and semi-pro Fast pitch softball for over 26 years. He travelled to the prestigious world tournament in Rock Island, Illinois on more than one occasion, and had a multi-year run with an elite five man team, the “Fabulous Five,” who held undefeated status during his time with the team.
Dan was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and his ultimate love of the game was when he became Chaplain for the Arlington UTA Women’s collegiate softball team for over 10 years. He was with them during their Championship season of 2007. His service to the team members and their families brought an endearing and lifelong fulfillment of his love to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and His greater Love while here on earth.
His latter career/ministry was devoted once again to his love in serving the Lord Jesus Christ. He was former host for Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship radio program “Good News” and member of the Full Gospel Fellowship as well as banquet speaker for the fellowship. Dan produced and hosted a public television program which aired over fourteen cable channels in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, "Joyful Praise,” for over 20 years. His youngest son, Patrick, worked on the program as cameraman while Dan interviewed various guests and performers from all walks of life, who too had a testimony for the work Jesus Christ had done in their life.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother Hubert Bryan and Mabel McBrayer, older sister Colleen McBrayer, younger brother Mackey Van McBrayer, and grandsons Jason Bryan McBrayer and Julian Michael Donovan McBrayer.
He is survived by his four children, brother David McBrayer, 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Teen Challenge of Fort Worth, Texas