Clarence Edward “Ed” McDaniel, 87, founded Capital Recording Company

Clarence Edward "Ed" McDaniel
Clarence Edward “Ed” McDaniel

Clarence Edward “Ed” McDaniel, 87, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.

Born in Hickory Plains, Ark., he was the son of the late Roy McDaniel and Donie Smith Green; and was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Jacqueline Maxine McDaniel; by his companion of 16 years, Edna Barlow; and by his close nephew, Steven Chapin.

Known as Ed and “Mr. Ed” to family and friends, after serving in the U.S. Navy, he founded and developed Capital Recording Company where he worked until he retired. In addition to founding his own company, Ed traveled with Richard Nixon as his key sound engineer on both of his 50-state presidential election campaigns. For many years he was an active member of the Springfield, Va., chapter of Kiwanis International.

He was an accomplished “self-made” man who loved to tell stories and never met a stranger. A man of principle, Ed was never afraid to stand up for what he believed to be right or to help those in need and who may have been treated unjustly. His compassion was limitless and reached many.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Deborah Mustin (Mark) and Barbara Kabernagel (Sandy); son, Edward Michael McDaniel (Joanne); sister, Gail King; brother, Jimmie Don Green; grandchildren, Kara, Blair, Jennifer, Kevin and Sarah; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or charity of choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at

The family would like to thank the administration and staff at The Memory Center in Virginia Beach for their compassionate care and kindness to “Sugar Foot,” as Ed was known to them.

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