“Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a real blessing
On July 16, 1988, God blessed Pearlie R. Miller and Walter McDaniel, Jr. with a precious gift, Francis (Frank) Avrett McDaniel in Selma, Alabama. Frank lived a very fruitful life. He is described by many as one who never meets a stranger. Frank loved others as God loved him and he showed his love unselfishly. He departed this life June 20, 2019, in Phenix City, Alabama.
He confessed Christ, joined, and was baptized at Providence Baptist Church of Selma, Alabama at an early age.
Frank is preceded in death by his grand-parents, Claudette J. Miller, Walter and Queen McDaniel, Sr.
“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; for the ears of the wise seek it out (Proverbs 18:15).”
Frank graduated with honors from Selma High School (2006) and attended Tuskegee University (2006-2007) where he played football as a Golden Tiger. In 2008, Frank completed his Associate Degree in Science from Wallace Community College Selma. He went on to graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2015) with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Frank became a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., undergrad chapter, Kappa Delta (Birmingham, 2009) and the graduate chapters, Omega Chi (Selma, 2016) and Lambda Mu Nu (Phenix City, 2019).
“Whatever you do, you must do it with all of your heart as working for the Lord not for human masters (Colossians 3:23).”
Frank lived his life by precept and example. He began teaching seventh grade Mathematics at R. B. Hudson Middle School (December 2015) and served as assistant coach for the baseball and football teams at Selma High School, later becoming the head baseball coach. In 2018, Frank settled in Phenix City where he accepted a position as a seventh-grade mathematics instructor at Phenix City Intermediate School. Frank coached with the seventh-grade football team and volunteered as an assistant coach with the varsity football team at Phenix City High School where he helped coach the team to win the Class 7A state championship.
Frank, who was affectionately known to family as Frankie, was excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year. Frank had the utmost respect and admiration for Principal Bobby Cook and the faculty and staff at Phenix City Intermediate School. In addition, Frank was thrilled to be name as a lead instructor and was overjoyed to have received teacher of the month in February 2019.
“Train up a child in the way he should go : and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).”
Frank, will be missed. He was especially fond of the time he spent with his grandfather Melvin Miller. As he matured time was not enough. Frank desired to please granddaddy in every way. Frank was a model and mold of his grandfather, not only in giving everything his all, but in mannerisms and caliber.
God promises His children that “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).” Frank’s memories will be cherished by his parents Pearlie R. Miller (Selma) and Walter (Debral) McDaniel (Tuscaloosa); his fiancé, Katrice Salone (Phenix City); two sisters, Wenona Brown (Huntsville), Gailbriel Moorer (Tuscaloosa), and one brother, Eric McDaniel (Huntsville). His grand-parents, Melvin (Tynarmia) Miller, (Selma); great-aunts: Rebecca Jennings (Atlantic City, New Jersey), Brendolyn McKenna (New Orleans, Louisiana), and Audrey Smith (Selma); aunts: Phillis Thomas and Angela (Robert) Smiley (Selma), Angelica Moore(Keith) Allen (Memphis, Tennessee), Juanita (Henry) Graham(Montgomery), Janice (Ellis) Smiley, Pinkie (Michael) Fitts (Wetumpka), Alice (Jimmy) Shelton (Phoenix, Arizona) and Beatrice McDaniel (Montgomery); great-uncles: Randall (Betty) Miller (Selma) and Ben J. Miller, Jr. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana); an uncle: Melvin (Shenita) Miller II (Semmes); a niece: Skylar Brown (Huntsville); a host of cousins, other relatives and friends; his god-daughter: Frances “Pookie” Thomas (Montgomery); god-parents: Jack and Tracey Shannon (Selma); god-sister: Jessica Shannon (Montgomery). In addition, he leaves “special” friends to cherish his memory: Bryan Johnson (Tuscaloosa), Cajun Pritchett (Selma), Calvin Pritchett (Selma), Curtis King (Montgomery), Adrian Hardy, Sr. (Montgomery), Robert Childers, Jr. (Miami, Florida), Eric Martinear, Sr. (Selma), and Washington Denzel Reese (Dothan).
The family finds hope and assurance in knowing that “blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4).”