US Marine Corps

Orman "Frank" Franklin McDaniel

March 13, 1949 ~ September 4, 2020 (age 71)


MCDANIEL, Orman "Frank" Franklin, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 4th, 2020. He passed peacefully and gently in his sleep, which was a fitting gift to a great man of faith, kindness, and love. Frank, also known as “Man” by family and childhood friends, was born on March 13, 1949, in Charlottesville, VA to Orman Newton McDaniel and Caroline Mabel McDaniel nee Dean.  He grew up in Mechums River and was a hard worker and diligent student and graduated from Albemarle High School in 1968.  Frank attended Virginia Commonwealth University before joining the U.S. Marine Corp to serve in Vietnam.

It was in Vietnam that he met the love of his life, Chonthicha “Joy” Seung.  They married in 1974 and returned to America to begin their life together.  They had two children, Joni and Malena, and  lived most of their lives in Barboursville, VA before retiring to Weeki Wachee, FL to enjoy their five beautiful grandchildren.

Frank’s life, like his personality, was one of adventure, love, and generosity.  He was a friend to all and was known for his warm smile, incredible stories, and iron will.  He was a warrior with a tender heart who always saw the best in others. He loved God, his family, and his country.  He was a true patriot and Marine and loved the Lord all of his days.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Chonthicha “Joy” McDaniel; adoring daughters, Joni Louque and Malena Southworth; beloved son-in-laws, Ron Louque II and Michael Southworth;  precious grandchildren, Jonah Louque, Maren “Mimi” Louque, Dane Southworth, Isla Southworth, and Jude Southworth; brother Leonard McDaniel, and wife Gloria; sisters Susan Smith and Ella Jo Lamonds and their husbands, Merlin Smith and Mark LaMonds; best friend and brother-in-arms Lawrence “Benny” Benevento, and many loved nephews and nieces.

Blessed be his memory. Semper Fi.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” - Philippians 4:13

A Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00-8:00pm, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel.  A Graveside Service with military honors will be conducted at 11:00am, Thursday September 10, 2020 at Florida National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

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September 9, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Merritt Funeral Home - Spring Hill Chapel
4095 Mariner Boulevard
Spring Hill, Florida 34609

Graveside Service
September 10, 2020

11:00 AM
Florida National Cemetery (Florida)


Wounded Warrior Project
PO Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675-8516

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