John Max McDaniel, Sr., 52, of Madison, died on December 12, 2017. He was born in Athens, Georgia to Dr. Max and Sandra Miller McDaniel on January 25, 1965. He and his family moved to Hattiesburg in 1971 and to Jackson in 1977.

In 1983, Max graduated from Murrah High School, where he was President of the Murrah Singers and on the soccer and tennis teams. Max was the consummate guitarist. In Junior High and High School he was in the bands "The Negative G's" and "Marvelloux." He received his BS in Psychology from Ole Miss. While there, his band "Jet Screamer" played at colleges throughout the Southeast. A popular, later band he played guitar for was "Soul Pocket."  Max got his private pilot's license and often rented planes, even flying his family to Cape Cod and to San Diego, where his wife Kimberly ran in Marathons.  Max is preceded in death by his father, Dr. Max H. McDaniel and his uncle, John Kenney Miller, Jr., Greenwood.

He is survived by his mother, Sandra Miller McDaniel; his children, John Max McDaniel, Jr. and Metts Turner McDaniel, Denver, CO, and Molly McDaniel, Madison; his brother, Ed McDaniel (Carolyn) and daughter Avery; his sister Clara Cochran and children Sam, Thaddeus, and Lizzie, Madison; his sister Elizabeth McDaniel, New York City; and his uncle Bobby Miller (Georgia), Jackson, and four first cousins.  

A funeral service was held on December 16 at Northminster Baptist Church.  Memorial donations may be made to the Webster Animal Shelter, Madison, MS.