Died: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019



9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 28, 2019
Location: Witherspoon Presbyterian Church

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Sat., Dec. 28, 2019
Location: Witherspoon Presbyterian Church

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Faye Jean McDaniel was born on January 15, 1935 in Fayetteville, Tennessee as the oldest of five children born to John Shields and Frances Willow Wilson. She graduated from Westend High School in Fayetteville, Tennessee in 1952. She gave her life to Christ at an early age and lived her life as quoted in Philippians 4: 11-13, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.   I know how to be abased and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry,  both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.”

In 1953 Faye  married Delmer Jerome Edmonds, Sr. in Bowling Green, Kentucky and from this union seven children were born, three of which preceded her in death; Diane, April and Pamela Edmonds.

Faye knew at an early age that she wanted to care for people as she often spoke of wanting to heal her mother and other family members when she was young. She followed her dream and graduated from Indiana University School of Nursing in 1974. She later became the first minority nursing supervisor at Methodist Hospital where she was employed for nearly 38 years, retiring in 2004.  One of her noted highlights during her career was the Indiana blizzard of 1978, in which she was one of a few Supervisors who had to run the hospital as the weather made it nearly impossible for staff to come to work. 

On December 19, 1979 Faye married her love,  Lt. Col.  Armour G. McDaniel, Sr. a         Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen and  together they were instrumental in establishing the Tuskegee Airmen Indianapolis Chapter, registered in the State of Indiana in 1985. Faye often acknowledged her husband’s influence on her to remain actively involved in the organization until her time of death. 

In 2000, Mrs. McDaniel was elected Central Region President of the National Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. She was the second female to be so honored to hold this title. Her responsibility for leadership extended over sixteen chapters in the region.  At the local level she served as President of the Indianapolis Tuskegee Airmen Chapter for six years. She spoke at various schools and other organizations on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen and was honored to be interviewed when “Red Tails”  was produced by George Lucas. President Barack Obama invited all the living Tuskegee Airmen and widows to his first inauguration and Faye proudly sat on the stage in honor of her late husband.  While continuing the legacy of The Tuskegee Airmen, Faye organized and maintained a CAN DO program in a local school working with and following students to graduation. She served on the TAI National Scholarship Committee, General Noel Parrish Committee and the TAI Long Range Planning Committee.

Faye was an advocate for community service as she was active in a multitude of civic and social groups. Faye served faithfully in her church as an Ordained Deacon, an Elder, a member of Presbyterian Women of Witherspoon and the Elizabeth Circle. She was an advocate for good health and started an exercise group within the church.

Faye was a member of the following organizations: Alpha Wives, Black Nurses                 Association; Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Urban League, WWII Round Table, War Birds,                Indianapolis Aero Club, Sertoma East Club, Clowes Hall Women’s Committee, National Council of Negro Women, Council of Black Executives, Retired Officers Wives, The Coalition of 100 Black Women,  The Drifters, Tillman H. Harpole-American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 249 and IU Alumni Association.

Faye has garnered multiple awards and honors for her endless energy, just to name a few she received from United Way in 2005 The Outstanding Mentor for Seniors Award and in 2014 The  Sarah Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award.  She was the Woman of The Bethune Tradition in 2014 as well as the recipient of the Bethune-Clay-Height award in 2013.  She received the Drifter of The Year in 2012. In 2014 she received the Neighborhood and Community Service Award from the Center for Leadership Development.

In the midst of her spare time Faye traveled the world , enjoyed line dancing,  spending  time with her family, listening to jazz music and playing  the lottery. Faye lived her life in a manner in which others could trust her. She believed she could impact any situation and she did with a positive force. She was soft spoken and believed in treating everyone with respect. Her favorite African Proverb was “ A man who pays respect to the great paves his own way to greatness.” She also loved the Chinese Proverb “ If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a month, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime help somebody else.”

Faye was preceded in death by her parents, three daughters, two brothers, John Marvin and Mitchell Cornelius Wilson, one sister, Delores Ann Wilson; sister-in-law, Marjorie McDaniel Shields;  brother-in-law, Rev. Dr. Landrum E. Shields; nephew, Alex Talley and a granddaughter, Misty Marie Nguyen.

Faye leaves to cherish her smile and legacy one sister, Dorothy Mildred Talley of Fayetteville, Tennessee; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Wilson of Fayetteville, Tennessee and Junelle Wilson of Nashville, Tennessee; three sons, Delmer Jerome (Jannifer) of Indianapolis. Indiana, Kevin L. Edmonds of Fayetteville, Tennessee and Donald E. Edmonds of Indianapolis, Indiana and one daughter, Regina F. Majors of Indianapolis, Indiana; two step-children, Gregory McDaniel and Gwendolyn Jackson; seventeen grandchildren, Kyle Jones (Nade’), James Edmonds (Julia), Courtney Neal (Kate), Kischa Cox, Jerome D. Edmonds (Marisa), Anthony King, Allyson Z. Edmonds, Kevin McKinney, Gretchen Grainger, Deon Edmonds, Donisha Edmonds, Ashley Jones (Joshua), Victoria  Edmonds, Shae Edmonds, Donald Edmonds, Jr., Jaden Edmonds and Jaylen Edmonds twenty eight great-grandchildren and  10 great-great-grandchildren; six nieces, Tonya Wilson, Biannica Hayes, Victoria Austin (Michael), Andrea Womack (Lyndon) , Sharyn Jones (Kevin) and Laurita Shields; three nephews, John Curtis Talley, Reggie McDonald and Landrum E. Shields, Jr.; two special friends, Leona Wooden and Ella Cunningham, and a host of cousins and friends.


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Shelley Lancaster
   Posted Thu December 26, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Faye at Methodist and always found her to be caring and kind with her patients and her colleagues. Sympathy to her family who will deeply grieve the loss of such a wonderful person and nurse.

Cissy Brents
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
I worked with Faye at Methodist years ago. She was always an inspiration to me. Prayers and deepest sympathy for her family.

Imogene Hodge Draper
   Posted Thu January 02, 2020
What a lovely lady. I will treasure our time together as we shared family history, especially the life and legacy of our beloved Tuskegee Airman: Lt. Col. Armour G. McDaniel, Sr.
May the Peace of Christ be with you---always.
With Love and Friendship,
Imogene Hodge Draper, Martinsville, Virginia

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