Dr. Francis Warwick Daniel, Jr., 75, beloved husband, father, grandfather, veterinarian and friend to many passed away suddenly in the early hours of April 21, 2013 with his loving family at his side. He was the son of the late Francis Warwick Daniel and Juanita Seaman Daniel.
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Francis was born in Charles Town and raised at Greystone, the family farm in Shenandoah Junction. He graduated from Charles Town High School with the class of 1955. He attended Potomac State College and received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1961. Francis married Jill, the love of his life, in November of 1961. They began their life together in Augusta, Ga., where he served as a Captain in the United States Army Veterinary Corps at nearby Fort Gordon. He is a member of Zion Episcopal Church.
Francis established a veterinary practice in Troy, Pa. in the early 1960s. This is where he discovered his love of dairy cattle; and the Greystone dream began. In 1977, Francis and family moved back to Shenandoah Junction where the Daniel family farm was rejuvenated. He formed a partnership with Dr. Ernest Benner and became a welcome sight every morning on the backstretch of the Charles Town Races. He not only practiced exemplary veterinary medicine, but shared a wonderful friendship with many people.
Francis helped establish a thriving veterinary practice that helped launch and nurture the careers of his two oldest children, Libby and Chip. The family dairy farm became a prosperous and close partnership between Francis and his youngest son, Scott. Many wonderful memories of the entire family touring the state showing dairy cattle will remain.
Francis retired from his veterinary practice in December of 2005. He devoted his days to the dairy farm and his partnership with Scott. He loved to till, plant and make hay in the sunshine. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends, rekindling old friendships and most especially loved spending quality time with Jill and their pets.
Francis is survived by his wife, Jill Nearing Daniel; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann "Libby" Daniel; two sons, Francis Warwick "Chip" Daniel, III (Stacey Hough), and Scott William Daniel (Rebecca); six grandchildren, Paige Elise Marshall, Kate Marie Marshall, John Morley Daniel, Christopher Scott Daniel, Jenna Grace Daniel and Abigail Marie Daniel; a sister, Alice Leavell; an aunt Elizabeth Daniel Davis; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Strider Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Zion Episcopal Church, 300 East Congress St., Charles Town, W. Va., with burial immediately after at Edge Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Episcopal Church, 221 East. Washington St., Charles Town, WV 25414 or the
in Francis' memory.
Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com.
Published in Daily Review on Apr. 24, 2013