Bo Diddley

  • "RIP Sir. Rock on with the other dudes and dudettes."
    - Juliet Camp
  • "Thanks for sharing one's musical talents with the..."
    - Valenda Newell
  • "It was an honor to have played drums behind you once in NC...."
    - Mike Shrader
  • "Love you, Ellas."
    - PearlLexington Cottle
    - Dunnellon


Bo Diddley, died Monday, June 2, 2008 surrounded by his loving family and close friends.

Born Ellas Otha Bates on December 30, 1928, later adopting the surname McDaniel after his mother's cousin who raised him. One of Rock n' Roll music's principal architects in the mid-1950's, Diddley made an incalculable impact upon popular music for over fifty years. Diddley is most often cited for his signature beat that has powered literally hundreds of rock and pop records for decades. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in it's second year (1987). Throughout his career, Diddley lent his support to a variety of national charities and non-profit organizations, including the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers and Big Sisters, as well as numerous local organizations in his adopted home state of Florida and in Illinois, where he grew up.

He is survived by four children: Evelyn Kelly, Anthony McDaniel, Terri Lynn Foster and Tammi D. McDaniel, 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.



Procession Forms -- 12:45PM


Archer Church of God In Christ 17370 SW 128th Place, Archer, FL. Sheppardess Marilyn Green


Viewing at Church 1:00 - 2:00PM

Funeral Service - 2:00PM

(Open To The Public)

Viewing with Processional

Showers of Blessing Harvest Center

2615 SE 15th Street/Gainesville, FL

Pastor Willie King

A Musical Memorial-6:00 - 9PM

(Open to Public)

Martin Luther King Jr. Center

1028 NE 14th Street Gainesville, FL

Donations/Contributions may be made to Bo Diddley Charitable Foundation (c/o Ronald Stevens, Esq., P O Box 1444, Bronson, Florida, 32621.

Arrangements are entrusted to DUNCAN BROTHERS' FUNERAL HOME, 428 NW 8th Street, Gainesville, FL.
Published in Gainesville Sun from June 5 to June 7, 2008
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