Our beloved Elijah was born on March 16, 1964. He is the eleventh child born to his loving mother, Essie B. Daniels.
His early years were spent in Kingsland, Georgia. He was lovingly reared by his mother’s sister and brother-in-law, Ernest and Mattie Pearl Dawson. He was doted upon by his cousin, Earnestine Dawson-Davis who loved him as a brother.
He attended Kingsland Elementary School and Camden County Middle School in Kingsland Georgia. There he met Jacqueline Grimes Wright, Angelita Kelly-Frazier, Robin Geter-Rivera, Richard Geter, Jr., and Aaron Coverson, affectionally called “The Little Musketeers,” formed a bond and a life-long friendship that continued to this day.
Elijah accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age in Kingsland, Georgia, at First African Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Will Gardner and served faithfully as a Junior Usher.
He returned to Bradenton, Florida and was raised by his mother, Essie B. Daniels and aunt Armenia Barkley.
He was a 1982 graduate of Southeast High School in Bradenton, FL. He was a member of the school’s Cross-Country Track Team and as a younger boy, he played Little League Baseball.
He was employed by United Natural Foods of Sarasota, Florida.
Elijah took pride and joy in being one of the brothers that would watch out for his sisters, making sure they had whatever the needed. Often, he would drive all the way to Georgia—unannounced– just to check on family there. That is the kind of man, husband, dad, granddad, brother, uncle, nephew, friend he was!
He loved his many nieces and nephews, they affectionally called him “Unk”, which was an endearing term countless others began to call him, “Unk”.
He and Tabathia fell in love and were married on February 22, 2020. They spent their time loving and enjoying each another and travelling together until he was called home to be with our Lord and Savior.
He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Essie B. Daniels; his caring uncle and aunt, Ernest and Mattie Pearl Dawson; a special Aunt, Armenia Barkley and Aunts, Retha Hayes, Ola Mae Olds; Sister-in-law, Frances Daniels; Brother, Franklin D. Daniels, Sr., and Freddie Lee Daniels; Uncles, George Barber, Frank Barber, El- bert Barber, and Leron Hoover.
Elijah leaves precious memories of love and unswerving dedication to his devoted and loving wife, Tabathia Gibbs-Daniels, Palmetto; Sons, Elijah Daniels, Jr., and Jelanie Daniels, Bradenton, FL; Grandchildren, Shania Daniels and Ariana Yvette Daniels; Godson, Cycoby Burch; Stepchildren, Ayani and Atria Simmons; Father and Mother-in law, Ronnie and Linda Durant; Sisters, Lucinda Daniels- Lever and Cynthia Daniels, Bradenton, FL; Earnestine Dawson of Kingsland GA; Aunt, Ida Mae Daniels, Miami, FL; Brothers, Samuel Lee Daniels (Betty), Miami, Ulysses Daniels, Orlando, FL, Bishop Charles E. Daniels (Florine), Palmetto, FL, Mack C. Daniels, Sarasota, FL, Grant David Daniels (Sandra K), Bradenton, FL, Anderson Daniels (Rozella), Clearwater, FL.
Sisters-in-law, Jimmie Ann “Joann” Daniels, Miami, FL and Titania Morant.
Elijah was very close to his nephews ad nieces whom he loved unconditionally, and their love for him was reciprocal. He leaves his memories to cherish and “Unk” that loved to make his pasta salad and loved being with them.
Additionally there are countless cousins, family members, friends, co-workers school friends and those that met and loved him at first meeting, they will miss Elijah immensely.
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Please leave the Family a note of Condolence, light a candle of remembrance, or order a floral remembrance piece. (John 14 1-6 KJV) 14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
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