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  1. Ann we are thinking of you and your family during this time of loss and sending our prayers.

  2. Sorry to hear about about Mac and will greatly miss him in the neighborhood. I appreciate his service to this country. As my own father served for 37 years.

  3. We have certainly lost a good friend. He is at peace and in a better place. Ann and family, you are certainly in our thoughts and prayers and may may your many memories comfort you. Heaven has gained another angel and know Mac is smiling down on all of us right now. God bless all of you.

  4. I first met him at duck woods cc and he was president when I was on the board. After we both left the club I played golf with him in the we Logan group at Carolina club. He was playing with me when I got my only hole in one on no 2 at Carolina club. I still have that card which he signed. Over the past few years we would run into each other while he was walking the neighborhood. He always kept a good attitude even through some troubling physical issues I will miss those brief chats which would always pick me up. He was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him

  5. Prayers are said today for Mac’s family. He was always up early in the morning for his cup of coffee. He always talked to the staff when they were giving care and had lots of interesting stories to tell. His family was blessed to have him as a husband and dad.

  6. Dear Ann & Family,
    We are deeply saddened to learn of Mac’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of our shared good times in Naval Aviation. Mac was a true friend, special leader and a great pilot (& great golfer)! Dave loved flying in the A-6 Intruder with Mac in the VA34 Blue Blasters! You remain in our prayers as you mourn. May God grant you His peace in the days ahead.
    Love, blessings and deepest sympathy,
    Dave & Nance Polatty

  7. Our loving condolences to Ann & all the family of Mac. He greeted everyone so filled with care & joy – his smile lit up his face & our hearts. It was a privilege to read his obituary and honor his legacy of faith, family, service.

  8. This was a powerful and inspirational obituary for a great guy. Sending love and sympathy to the entire family.

  9. Anne
    Helen and I send our sincere condolences. Mac will be missed by a lot of people. Our best to you. Helen and Jerry Maroon

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Brinley “Mac” McDanel

August 17, 2023

Brinley Kent “Mac” McDanel, 83, a career naval aviator and retired U.S. Navy Captain died on August 17, 2023, with his family by his side. He was a devoted husband to Ann Kemble McDanel for nearly 58 years and a loving father, grandfather and soon to be great grandfather.

Whether you called him Brinley, Mac, or Pop Pop, you would always be greeted with big hugs, kind words and his welcoming, loving spirit.  As the patriarch of our family, he loved having everyone together to celebrate life over a great meal, and many wonderful memories come from these times. He was heavily involved in the church and mission work within the community, both near and far, and with the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for

Brinley Kent “Mac” McDanel, 83, a career naval aviator and retired U.S. Navy Captain died on August 17, 2023, with his family by his side. He was a devoted husband to Ann Kemble McDanel for nearly 58 years and a loving father, grandfather and soon to be great grandfather.

Whether you called him Brinley, Mac, or Pop Pop, you would always be greeted with big hugs, kind words and his welcoming, loving spirit. As the patriarch of our family, he loved having everyone together to celebrate life over a great meal, and many wonderful memories come from these times. He was heavily involved in the church and mission work within the community, both near and far, and with the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life events. He lived in service to his country, his family, and his community. He was always ready to lend a hand to someone in need and was a friend to everyone he met.

Capt. McDanel’s education includes a BS in Economics from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, US Navy Flight School, US Navy Postgraduate School for Aviation Safety, Graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, RI, and the Defense Language Institute.

He served his country for 28 years, from August 1963 through May 1991, as a Naval Officer and Aviator, piloting an A-6 Intruder for most of his career. After Flight Training, VAQ-33, VT-9 and Safety School, he spent time in VA-42, VA-34, and VA-65, before becoming the Readiness Officer of MATWING One. Following that, he was the Executive Officer and the Commanding Officer of the VA-34 Blue Blasters. Throughout this time, he was on various carriers, including the USS Intrepid, USS Oriskany, USS Independence, USS John F. Kennedy and was the first Air Boss on the USS Carl Vinson. There was time spent in OPTEVFOR, and then filling the role as Executive Officer of NAS Oceana. In 1985, Capt. McDanel was the Commander of MATWING One and then finished out his career with a NATO posting in Turkey.

As part of his service, he received many commendations including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/ Gold Star, Air Medal (3 Strikes), Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Naval Aviator Insignia, the Command at Sea Insignia, and many others. He loved to fly and to serve his country; he was a great leader and faithful comrade to his fellow service men and women.

In addition to his wife, Ann, he is survived by his three children; youngest daughter, Megan McDanel; son, John McDanel (Amanda) and daughters, Harbor and Avalon; oldest daughter, Kim Blankenburg (Steve), children, Morgan (Andrew), Jordan (Cam), and Scott (Melanie). Many others were family in Mac’s life including his sisters and brothers in law; June and Ron Forlano and John and Nancy Kemble; Morgan and Jordan’s brother Kyle and their dad, John; Jayne, Lauren and Jordan; many cousins, nieces and nephews, along with great nieces and nephews; and a great granddaughter on the way.

Mac will be remembered as a loving and devoted family man, dedicated Naval officer, passionate aviator, avid golfer, and friend to everyone he met. The family asks that Mac’s memory be honored by sharing his great hugs with everyone and by performing an act of kindness for someone in need. He is greatly loved, and he loved greatly!

Please share condolences at gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services was entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences

Chris and Christine Gardner

Ann we are thinking of you and your family during this time of loss and sending our prayers.

Sarah Wagoner

Ann,Megan & family; sending out hugs, kisses & lots of love. Peace to you all🫂😽☮️

Carl & Molly Harris

Sorry to hear about about Mac and will greatly miss him in the neighborhood. I appreciate his service to this country. As my own father served for 37 years.

Dan and Anne York

We have certainly lost a good friend. He is at peace and in a better place. Ann and family, you are certainly in our thoughts and prayers and may may your many memories comfort you. Heaven has gained another angel and know Mac is smiling down on all of us right now. God bless all of you.

The Heaths

Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during the coming weeks.

Vincent ferretti

I first met him at duck woods cc and he was president when I was on the board. After we both left the club I played golf with him in the we Logan group at Carolina club. He was playing with me when I got my only hole in one on no 2 at Carolina club. I still have that card which he signed. Over the past few years we would run into each other while he was walking the neighborhood. He always kept a good attitude even through some troubling physical issues I will miss those brief chats which would always pick me up. He was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him

Jane Gray RN

Prayers are said today for Mac’s family. He was always up early in the morning for his cup of coffee. He always talked to the staff when they were giving care and had lots of interesting stories to tell. His family was blessed to have him as a husband and dad.

Mary K Judy

Thoughts and prayers Mary Judy RN

Rear Admiral & Mrs. Dave Polatty

Dear Ann & Family, We are deeply saddened to learn of Mac’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of our shared good times in Naval Aviation. Mac was a true friend, special leader and a great pilot (& great golfer)! Dave loved flying in the A-6 Intruder with Mac in the VA34 Blue Blasters! You remain in our prayers as you mourn. May God grant you His peace in the days ahead. Love, blessings and deepest sympathy, Dave & Nance Polatty

Diane & Jeff Fischer

Our loving condolences to Ann & all the family of Mac. He greeted everyone so filled with care & joy - his smile lit up his face & our hearts. It was a privilege to read his obituary and honor his legacy of faith, family, service.

Sharon Davis

This was a powerful and inspirational obituary for a great guy. Sending love and sympathy to the entire family.

Jerry Maroon

Anne Helen and I send our sincere condolences. Mac will be missed by a lot of people. Our best to you. Helen and Jerry Maroon