John Cecil Daniels

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John Cecil Daniels Veteran

Birth
Hahira, Lowndes County, Georgia, USA
Death
17 Jun 2019 (aged 88)
Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA
Burial
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John Cecil Daniels gained his heavenly reward June 17, 2019, at age 88, after battling cancer and kidney disease. He was husband of Elsie Todd Daniels and son of Henry Earl and Sallie Jordan Daniels. He was a great Daddy with a gentle sense of humor to Cecilia, Louise, Earl, Beth and Todd and wonderful Grandpa to 26 grandchildren and a still-growing number of great-grandchildren. His heritage extends to dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was born August 12, 1930 in Hahira, GA, where he grew up helping with the family farm, growing tobacco, livestock, watermelon and other truck crops and working in the family auto garage. He was a Boy Scout. At age 15, he made his profession of faith and joined Hahira Methodist Church.

Cecil attended Middle Georgia College, then ABAC in Tifton. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture in 1952 from University of Georgia, where he was a brother in Alpha Gamma Rho professional agricultural fraternity. He served two years in the US Army as a Food Inspector during the Korean War. He returned to UGA for a Master's Degree in Ornamental Horticulture.

Cecil worked several years with Elsie's parents, Alvin and Zura Todd, with specialized farming of dahlias and mail order business, along with growing breeders' corn and other specialized crops. Cecil's primary life's career was with the Georgia Extension Service. He worked ten years in Bibb County and eleven years in Monroe County, and retired as County Extension Director in 1988.

Cecil was "The Flower Man" and one glance at his well-manicured yard explains that nickname. He grew hundreds of dahlias yearly, and bouquets of his beautiful blooms graced dozens of doctor's offices as well as homes of friends and family. Cecil and Elsie took the challenge of getting Georgia's state flower, Cherokee Rose, planted in every county. They propagated hundreds of cuttings of this thorny bush for this effort. He grew and donated hundreds of forsythia bushes for the annual Forsythia Festival in Forsyth, GA. He also helped young people to blossom through work with 4-H and the youth of Lions Club.

Cecil was an active leader with Lions Club, American Association of University Women, Friendship Force and Martha Bowman Methodist Church. He served in nearly every capacity in his local Lions Club, plus committee chairs on district and state levels, and was District Vice Governor and District Governor in 1993-1995. His special Lions Club project was coordinating the Peace Poster contest, which challenges young people to create an artistic presentation to promote worldwide peace. Several of the young artists sponsored by Cecil won state and national recognition. He and Elsie traveled with and hosted travelers from all over the world through Friendship Force.

Cecil traveled to six continents (all except Africa) and all fifty US states. He conquered the most remote continent, Antarctica, in 2015, at age 84. After a lifetime of studying and growing plants, he was fascinated with a continent where almost nothing grows, but thrilled to walk with penguins and explore remote areas with a scientific expedition.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Earl and Sallie Daniels, stepfather James Howell, brothers E.H. Daniels and T.J. Daniels and sister Maggie Sue Kiereck. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elsie, one sister, Rosalyn Sumner (Robert), his five children, Cecilia Odum (Riley), Louise DeLaurier (Greg), Earl Daniels (Nyambura Kihato), Beth Woods (John), and Todd Daniels (Donna). He was cared for in his latter years by faithful helpers Shirley Howard, Roosevelt Colvard and Teresa West.

A memorial service to celebrate Cecil's life and the many ways he impacted the world will be held at Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home, 3969 Mercer University Drive on Saturday, June 22 at 11 am.
Visitation will be held one hour prior, at 10 am. Cecil grew and loved flowers his whole life, but he doesn't need them now. He would prefer you donate your time or other resources to the charity of your choice. Some of his favorites were Lions Club and Martha Bowman Methodist Church. Lions Club members who attend the funeral are invited to wear their Lions vest.

Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home, Macon, Ga.

Archive video of his Memorial Service: https://archive.org/details/john-cecil-daniels-memorial
John Cecil Daniels gained his heavenly reward June 17, 2019, at age 88, after battling cancer and kidney disease. He was husband of Elsie Todd Daniels and son of Henry Earl and Sallie Jordan Daniels. He was a great Daddy with a gentle sense of humor to Cecilia, Louise, Earl, Beth and Todd and wonderful Grandpa to 26 grandchildren and a still-growing number of great-grandchildren. His heritage extends to dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was born August 12, 1930 in Hahira, GA, where he grew up helping with the family farm, growing tobacco, livestock, watermelon and other truck crops and working in the family auto garage. He was a Boy Scout. At age 15, he made his profession of faith and joined Hahira Methodist Church.

Cecil attended Middle Georgia College, then ABAC in Tifton. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture in 1952 from University of Georgia, where he was a brother in Alpha Gamma Rho professional agricultural fraternity. He served two years in the US Army as a Food Inspector during the Korean War. He returned to UGA for a Master's Degree in Ornamental Horticulture.

Cecil worked several years with Elsie's parents, Alvin and Zura Todd, with specialized farming of dahlias and mail order business, along with growing breeders' corn and other specialized crops. Cecil's primary life's career was with the Georgia Extension Service. He worked ten years in Bibb County and eleven years in Monroe County, and retired as County Extension Director in 1988.

Cecil was "The Flower Man" and one glance at his well-manicured yard explains that nickname. He grew hundreds of dahlias yearly, and bouquets of his beautiful blooms graced dozens of doctor's offices as well as homes of friends and family. Cecil and Elsie took the challenge of getting Georgia's state flower, Cherokee Rose, planted in every county. They propagated hundreds of cuttings of this thorny bush for this effort. He grew and donated hundreds of forsythia bushes for the annual Forsythia Festival in Forsyth, GA. He also helped young people to blossom through work with 4-H and the youth of Lions Club.

Cecil was an active leader with Lions Club, American Association of University Women, Friendship Force and Martha Bowman Methodist Church. He served in nearly every capacity in his local Lions Club, plus committee chairs on district and state levels, and was District Vice Governor and District Governor in 1993-1995. His special Lions Club project was coordinating the Peace Poster contest, which challenges young people to create an artistic presentation to promote worldwide peace. Several of the young artists sponsored by Cecil won state and national recognition. He and Elsie traveled with and hosted travelers from all over the world through Friendship Force.

Cecil traveled to six continents (all except Africa) and all fifty US states. He conquered the most remote continent, Antarctica, in 2015, at age 84. After a lifetime of studying and growing plants, he was fascinated with a continent where almost nothing grows, but thrilled to walk with penguins and explore remote areas with a scientific expedition.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Earl and Sallie Daniels, stepfather James Howell, brothers E.H. Daniels and T.J. Daniels and sister Maggie Sue Kiereck. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elsie, one sister, Rosalyn Sumner (Robert), his five children, Cecilia Odum (Riley), Louise DeLaurier (Greg), Earl Daniels (Nyambura Kihato), Beth Woods (John), and Todd Daniels (Donna). He was cared for in his latter years by faithful helpers Shirley Howard, Roosevelt Colvard and Teresa West.

A memorial service to celebrate Cecil's life and the many ways he impacted the world will be held at Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home, 3969 Mercer University Drive on Saturday, June 22 at 11 am.
Visitation will be held one hour prior, at 10 am. Cecil grew and loved flowers his whole life, but he doesn't need them now. He would prefer you donate your time or other resources to the charity of your choice. Some of his favorites were Lions Club and Martha Bowman Methodist Church. Lions Club members who attend the funeral are invited to wear their Lions vest.

Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home, Macon, Ga.

Archive video of his Memorial Service: https://archive.org/details/john-cecil-daniels-memorial


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