Sylvester Lee McDaniel was born on September 7, 1958; to Benjamin F. McDaniel Sr. and Doris L. McDaniel in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the 5th child of 8 children to this union. He was also the twin brother to his sister, Susan McDaniel Davis.
Sylvester is preceded in death by his parents, twin sister Susan Davis, and brother Paul Davis.
In 1976, Sylvester graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri,
"Home of the Mighty Blue Eagles." Sylvester refused to fly but soared in every endeavor he pursued. As an eagle soars, so did Sylvester! He was awarded and honored in becoming the first R.O.T.C. recipient to achieve the title "First Sergeant." This honorable recognition is filed with the KCMO School District R.O.T.C. Military Manifest.
Shortly after graduating, his love for animals would inspire him to work for the Kansas City Zoo, where he became a respected zookeeper. Sylvester truly loved working with "his" animals, and they even recognized him whenever he visited their enclosures. Sylvester later attended DeVry Institute where he earned his degree in Information Technology.
After graduating, the wind still blew beneath his wings. Sylvester worked for Black & Veatch before working for Burns and McDonald. This venture greatly enhanced his travel opportunities. A great amount of his work travel was international. He claimed this experience was totally fascinating. When he resigned, he wasn't finished soaring. Sylvester began working with CarMax Automotive Company. His exceptional skills awarded him "Top Salesman of the Year." It was Sylvester's exceptional work performance that further awarded him a free trip to Vegas. Accolades for esteemed achievement continued to ignite his journey.
Sylvester was such a family Man. He enjoyed celebrating the holidays, but he especially loved celebrating the 4th of July! He along with his brothers, would put on spectacular fireworks display for the entire family and neighbors. Professional "firework authorities" could not compete their skills with the "supreme team."
Further, throughout his life he was an avid Chiefs fan! In general, he was a true sports enthusiast. Sylvester developed a passion for photography. You would always find him taking pictures of his family, friends, and even for weddings.
It was later in life, Sylvester would meet and marry the love of his life, Sherry.
Sylvester proudly embraced 3 incredible children: two:beautiful young ladies, Shereka and Shanice and his one and only, handsome, gifted son, Leslie. He dearly loved each of them and they too adored their "dad." Additionally, he was richly blessed with gifted grandchildren: Thaliah, Cordae, Joseph, and Carter. Sylvester has always loved children. This gift of children, and grandchildren, added new blessings to his life. Truly, they loved and greatly admired their "Dad, and Grandfather."
Throughout Sylvester's life he enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews with the best gifts! Money was never an issue when it came to shopping for birthdays and Christmas. He just loved his family! And they greatly loved him.
But most of all, Sylvester was a man of God. He served as an Elder with his church. He was never ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he enjoyed sharing the goodness of Jesus wherever, and whenever, time permitted. Truly, he loved his savior with all his heart and soul.
Our cherished Sylvester always wanted to hear God say, "Well done, thy good and faithful servant."
The precious and treasured memory of our beloved Sylvester L. McDaniel will forever rest in the heart of his wife Sherry McDaniel, with his gift of love daughters: Shereka and Shanice; son Leslie; gift of love grandchildren: Thaliah, Cordae, Joseph, and Carter; Mother and father in-law Karen and Willie Calhoun. Additionally, Sylvester's memory will forever be cherished in the hearts of his siblings: Elder Benjamin F. (Patricia) McDaniel Jr., Craig (Donna) McDaniel, Elder Albert (Gwen) McDaniel, Linda McDaniel, Valerie Mitchell, and Harold McDaniel with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts, and dear friends.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 13, 2023, 11 am at Watkins Heritage Chapel, visitation 10:30 am. Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Service conducted by Watkins Heritage Chapel 4000 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd Kansas City, Missouri 64130 816-861-3030
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