About Daniel McCree
Daniel L. McCree, 27, formerly of Sparta, Ill., died Monday, July 23, 2007, in Miami.
He was born Nov. 21, 1979, in Chester, Ill., to Robert L. and Kayla Aaron.
He was an artist, journalist, editor, landscape designer, tutor and mentor, as well as a fund raiser and volunteer to many causes and organizations. He traveled extensively throughout Europe and Spain, as well as Central and South America. He was active with Bethany Place in Belleville and the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis.
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He is survived by his partner Larry Tyree, a sister, Niccole Dancy, and her husband, Jeff, of Sparta; three brothers, Stephen Farris of Cahokia, PV2 Philip Farris of Fort Hood, Texas, and Isaiah Farris of Pinckneyville, Ill.; a nephew, Wesley Wallace; nieces, Jazan and Kelsi Wallace and Dashaya and Sydney Dodson, all of Sparta; paternal grandfather, Ules Aaron of Steeleville, Ill.; loving maternal grandparents, Nancy and Kenny McCree of Sparta; very special aunt and uncle, Bob and Rae Parks of Sparta; many more aunts, uncles and cousins; his mother, Kayla Kistner, and her husband, Dwight; and extended family, Matt Neibel and his wife, Dianne, and their family, of Brighton, Jim Johnson and his wife, Dawn, and their family, of Rosewood Heights, and Luke Kistner of Bethalto.
Services were held Tuesday, July 31, at the First Christian Church of Sparta, with his cousin Eric Helm officiating.
A special memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis, 5000 Washington Place, corner of Kingshighway Blvd. and Washington Ave., with the Rev. Jeff Bert officiating.
Daniel is survived also by many close friends, who remain very important to his life. In his travels, he touched so many lives, and will be missed by people around the globe.
Daniel Lee Evans-Aaron McCree
(excerpt from his original writing 6-3-2007)
"A jewel never wants to reside from its
post and they say this but whats a jewel, a person who needs to be there, the day melded, a few riduclous moments, some laughter
and i nervously laughed and joined in the melody. "
There are so many stories about how people came to know Daniel. Each of them as unique as Daniel himself. It would be like him to refer to everyone in his life as a sweet grape on his grapevine. -And he savored each and everyone of them. One theme remains true of each individual story, and that is that anyone who met him would assuredly be changed. There was no other way- "But you must! It is necessary..." he would say, and it was just that simple.