Daniel Claude Carmichael, Jr. was born in Marion County, South Carolina on March 2, 1922. He passed peacefully with his family by his side on January 16, 2011, in Pasadena, California, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. The second of seven children, he had an older sister, Elizabeth (Lib) and five younger brothers, Wilson, David, Frank, Ernest (Ray) and Nelson.
In 1943, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Education by Wofford College in South Carolina. He served in the United States Army in World War II, which awarded him a purple heart and a bronze star. He was honorably discharged as a Captain. Following the War, he returned to South Carolina where he served as Superintendent of the High School District where he was raised, fulfilling the final year of his father’s contract.
Dan and Reah Hardee were married on September 3, 1949 at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina.