Roderick Sean Daniels, Sr., (“Big Rod”), was born on October 26, 1968 to Brenda and Albert Daniels, Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He was baptized at the age of 12 by Reverend Van Smith, Sr. at the Greater St. Mary Baptist Church in Plaquemine, Louisiana.
Roderick Sr. graduated from Plaquemine High School in 1986. After graduation, he joined the United States Army at the age of 18. After completing basic training, he enrolled at the University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. While there, he played on the football team and studied Behavioral Science. He continued his studies in Secondary Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Roderick Sr. served his Country for 34 years and was a proud, well-decorated and accomplished Soldier in the U.S. Army. During his career, he earned five Army Accommodation Medals (ARCOM), six Army Achievement Medals (AAM), two Good Conduct Medals (GCM), seven Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals (ARCAM), as well as numerous other awards. He was deployed in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm/Farewell in Dammam, Saudi Arabia (October 1990 to June 1991), Operation Enduring Freedom 1-2/Iraqi Freedom in Camp Doha, Kuwait (October 2001 to October 2003) and Operation Enduring Freedom in Tombstone, Afghanistan (September 2011 to August 2012). His final rank was Sergeant First Class. As a civilian, he worked in Baltimore, Maryland as a GS9 Logistics Management Specialist for the 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve. Roderick Sr. loved his military brothers and sisters. They, too, were his family.
In his spare time, Roderick Sr. was a member of the Maryland Board of Football Officials. In this role, he officiated numerous high school football games in the Maryland area and mentored high school athletes. He was also a Jack-of-all-Trades, handy man, and enjoyed helping others.
Roderick Sr. was affectionately known to his family as “Big Rod.” The name “Big Rod” symbolized his loving role as an advisor, organizer and counselor to his family and friends. He wore that name with pride. Big Rod was an outgoing, outspoken, adventurous and caring man. His caring nature was especially evident in his role as a father. He cared for his children and cherished spending time with family. We were happy to call him son, brother, dad, nephew and friend.
He never met a stranger, and if he did, they did not remain a stranger for long. To his friends, he was a fearless individual and was not afraid to step out on faith and help anyone in need. He possessed a very sensitive spirit that everyone loved and he always had a gigantic smile.
On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Baltimore, Maryland, Roderick Sr. earned his heavenly wings. He will be dearly missed by all. He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving mother, Brenda Daniels; five daughters, Kasey Daniels, Mandy (Morris) James, Tyra Pratt, Sadi Daniels, and Laini Bowman; four sons, Timothy Coler, D’Myrus Daniels, Xavier Daniels and Tyrin Daniels; grandchildren, Devin Simon, Jr., Kamille Daniels, and Rashad and Rasheed Daniels; siblings, Ashley Daniels and Albert Daniels, III; nieces, Chasity, Sedan Daniels, A’lazia Daniels and Essence Jefferson; nephew, Khaleel Daniels; godchild, Feltonia Jackson; paternal grandfather, Paul E. (Carolyn) Smith, Sr.; great-aunt, Juanita Griffin Allen; aunts, Joanette Griffin, Linda Daniels Coleman, Rose Daniels Boyd, Debra (Herbert) Henderson, Cathy (Don) White, Julie (Lionel) Beaulieu, Sheronda Smith, Sandra (Gary) Johnson; uncles, Sanford (Theresa) Griffin, Sr., Tyrone Griffin, Carlford (Joan) Griffin, Sr., Terry (Linda) Griffin, Sr., Edward Griffin, Paul (Cassandra) Smith, Jr., Ronald Daniels, Alvin Daniels, Donald Daniels and Reverend Herman Daniels.
He was preceded in death by: his son, Roderick Sean Daniels, Jr.; father, Albert Daniels, Jr.; maternal grandmother, Fannie Griffin; paternal grandparents, Albert (Gladys) Daniels, Sr.; and aunts, Deidre Griffin, Lillie Mae Daniels Mills, and Marion Daniels McBride.
A Military Tribute in his honor was held on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Kingdom Worship Center, 6419 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Please visit Brooks Clinton Funeral Service, P.A. at https://www.brooksclintonfuneralservice.com/obituary/Roderick-DanielsSr for condolences.
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