A reception honoring Ray Daniels, the longtime Funeral Director in Charge of Higginbotham Funeral Home of Gorman, for his 50 Years of Service to the funeral profession will be held on Sunday, June 27, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Community Center in Gorman.
Daniels became a licensed funeral director in 1970 and embalmer in 1971 and has faithfully served Gorman families since 1979. “Ray Daniels has been an exemplary funeral director whose compassion and experience has helped thousands of Central Texas families,” stated Dr. Jim Moshinskie, President of the Higginbotham Funeral Homes of Texas, Inc. which operates 13 funeral homes in Central Texas.
During the reception, a 50-year pin from the Texas Funeral Directors Association honoring Daniels will be presented. Due to COVID, the presentation of the pin was delayed to this year.
Daniels started in 1968 by assisting the Edwards Funeral Home in Strawn. After gaining an appreciation for helping people, Daniels decided to attend the Commonwealth College of Mortuary Science in Houston. He became licensed in 1970 and managed Higginbotham Funeral Home in Rising Star. His duties also included being on call around the clock because back then the funeral homes operated the ambulance service. Also in 1970, Daniels married his wife, Shirley Gailey Daniels. They have two daughters, April Shanafelt and husband, Doug, and Cari Daniels.
In 1979, Daniels was transferred to Gorman to manage the Higginbotham Funeral Home. Daniels became very active in the community as a member of First Baptist Church, the Masonic Lodge, and for 20 years, co-chairman of the Gorman Housing Authority.
The Higginbotham family opened their first mercantile store in Dublin in 1881 with undertaking services included. The family expanded their business in 1918 to Gorman. The current building was constructed in 1969.
In 2001, Daniels was honored by Higginbotham Funeral Homes of Texas Inc. as the corporation’s Outstanding Funeral Director of the Year. “We have been blessed to have Ray as a loyal employee during these many years,” Dr. Moshinskie said. “Ray really cares about providing the best care possible to the families and has devoted most of his life to helping others.”
Please come out and help show your appreciation for everything Ray has done for our community in the last 50 years.