animals would inspire him to work for the Kansas City Zoo, where he became a respected zookeeper. He truly loved working with “his” animals, and they even recognized him whenever he visited their enclosures. He later attended DeVry Institute where he earned his degree in Information Technology.

After graduating, the wind still blew beneath his wings. He worked for Black & Veatch before working for Burns and McDonald. This venture greatly enhanced his travel opportunities. A great amount of his work travel was international. He claimed this experience was totally fascinating. When he resigned, he wasn’t finished soaring. He began working with CarMax Automotive company. His exceptional skills awarded him “Top Salesman of the Year.” It was his exceptional work performance that further awarded him a free trip to Vegas. Accolades for esteemed achievement continued to ignite his journey.

He was such a family man. He enjoyed celebrating the holidays, but he especially loved celebrating the 4th of July! He along with his brothers, would put on spectacular fireworks display for the entire family and neighbors. Professional “firework authorities” could not compete their skills with the “supreme team.”

Further, throughout his life he was an avid Chiefs fan! In general, he was a true sports enthusiast. Sylvester developed a passion for photography. You would always find him taking pictures of his family, friends, and even for weddings.

It was later in life, he would meet and marry the love of his life, Sherry.

McDaniel proudly embraced three incredible children: two beautiful young ladies, Shereka and Shanice and his one and only, handsome, gifted son, Leslie. He dearly loved each of them and they too adored their “dad.” Additionally, he was richly blessed with gifted grandchildren: Thaliah, Cordae, Joseph, and Carter. Sylvester has always loved children. This gift of children, and grandchildren, added new blessings to his life. Truly, they loved and greatly admired their “Dad, and Grandfather.”

Throughout his life he enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews with the best gifts! Money was never an issue when it came to shopping for birthdays and Christmas. He just loved his family! And they greatly loved him.

But most of all, Sylvester was a man of God. He served as an Elder with his church. He was never ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he enjoyed sharing the goodness of Jesus wherever, and whenever, time permitted. Truly, he loved his Savior with all his heart and soul.

The precious and treasured memory of Sylvester L. McDaniel will forever rest in the heart of his wife, Sherry McDaniel; with his gift of love daughters: Shereka and Shanice; son, Leslie; gift of love grandchildren: Thaliah, Cordae,

Joseph, and Carter; mother and father-inlaw, Karen and Willie Calhoun. Additionally, his memory will forever be cherished in the hearts of his siblings: Elder Benjamin F. (Patricia) McDaniel Jr., Craig (Donna) McDaniel, Elder Albert (Gwen) McDaniel, Linda McDaniel, Valerie Mitchell, and Harold McDaniel; with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunts, and dear friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Watkins Heritage chapel.

Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Interment, Mt. Olivet cemetery.

Service conducted by Watkins Heritage chapel, 4000 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. (816) 861-3030.

JOE CHARLESTON Joe Herbert Charleston was born in Kansas City, Kas., on August 1, 1933, to Charles Charleston and Lillian Embrey.

He was educated in the Kansas City, Kas., Public schools. He had many different jobs, of which many were done outdoors. He loved to work his garden in the country. He loved to pick up things and haul them away. Uncle Joe, as his niece affectionately called him, delighted in family and friends with his loving smile.

When he began to need help with life skills and medical issues, the Lord sent angels to care for him. Especially in the name of Tamirria Smith and her children and caretakers. He began living in Raytown, Mo., with his adopted family who loved him dearly, and called him Papa.

Tamirria, her daughter, Tamyia, sons, Tyrond, Tevion, and Tyviere, along with caregivers Lisa, Cevina, and caretakers, Nichole and Ebony.

He found the Lord again, spent time in bible study, traveled, had game nights, movie nights, and visited with his last sister often, Katherine Charleston Hadley, who left his presence in August of 2021. This made Joe the last surviving immediate sibling.

He spent many worship moments at One Nations 24 Hour Prayer center, pastored by Apostle Doris Smith. He appreciated and loved all of his church family, and they loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Mary Charleston, Charles Jr. (Dickie), John Charleston, James Arthur Charleston, Iona Charleston, and lastly, his dearly beloved sister, Katherine Charleston Hadley. He left some nieces, great nephews, many cousins, and friends.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 12 p.m., at the Mrs. J. W. Jones Memorial chapel, 703 N. 10th, Kansas City, Kas.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Interment, Mt. Hope cemetery.

Services will be live streamed online www.

Stephani Nicole Vaughn died on April 18, 2023. She was born on September 1, 1971, in Kansas City, Mo., to Willie L. Vaughn III, and Marion Ann Rucker-Vaughn. She was the third of four children.

She attended Elementary, Junior High and High school in the Kansas City, Kas., School district. She graduated High school from Sumner Academy in 1989.

She attended Kansas City, Kas., Community college, as well as Central New Mexico Community college, School of Business and Information Technology. The main courses she took, and excelled in, centered around accounting and payroll.

She worked for numerous organizations putting her education to use, including Providence and Commercial Claims Inc. in Kansas City, Hub International, Ceridian, Shiftable HR and New Covenant Worship Center in Albuquerque, N.M., to name a few. She was a certified insurance agent, as well as a CPP (Certified Payroll Professional) through the American Payroll Association. In the last several years, she worked in home health care.

On July 20, 2009, God gave Stephani her beloved daughter, Cailah, affectionately known as Cai Boo! From that point forward, they were inseparable and the best of friends. Cailah had a tumultuous beginning but Stephani was steadfast in her love for the Lord and his promise to her for her little girl. Cailah’s fondest memory from her mother is learning how to crochet. The slipknot that is required to start any crochet project gave Cailah difficulty. Stephani was persistent in teaching her how to tie that knot. Eventually, Cailah got it and in due time they were both crocheting together side by side. Cailah has made several things on her own, including a carrying bag she started, but had stopped working on, a couple of months ago. She will pick that project up again soon and finish as an ode to her mom. Cailah will take the skill of crochet with her throughout her life just as her mother did and her mother before her.

Ms. Vaughn was known as the “Jane of all trades.” She could do anything she put her mind to. She loved to have slumber parties for her younger cousins and nieces doing hair, make-up, manicures, pedicures, playing games and watching movies. She loved to cook, bake and crochet, all of which she learned from her mother and grandmother.

She was a scholar and tutor to many friends and family members. She was always ready to lend a helping hand and never required anything in return.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie L. Vaughn III, and Marion Ann Rucker-Vaughn.

To cherish her memory, she leaves her beloved daughter, Cailah; as well as her brothers, Willie L. Vaughn IV, (Tamara), Danon N. Vaughn I (Jamie), Jason Vaughn and Charles Lyles. She has also been loved by a great host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Pastor Eddie McCall and First Lady Sharon McCall: and the members of the New Covenant Worship center (NCWC) in Rio Rancho, N.M., cherish the life of Sis. Stephani Vaughn. Sis. Stephani was a devoted member of NCWC for many years, and NCWC was blessed to experience the amazing gift she was to the body of Christ.

Sis. Stephani was faithful, determined, and devoted. Her first ministry was being a dedicated wife and mother. She didn’t allow anyone or anything to deter her trust in the LORD. She was always abounding in the work of the Lord - Sis. Stephani served with excellence in a variety of capacities at NCWC. She was a soloist, choir director, children’s choir director, children’s church teacher, church administrator, a member and contributor to the Ladies of Virtue & Excellence (LOVE) women’s ministry, and a minister of the Gospel of Christ. Her labor was not in vain in the Lord - as a woman of faith and resilience.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 11 a.m., at the Evangelistic Center church, 1800 Washington Blvd., Kansas City, Kas

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m.

Interment, Highland Park cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Mrs. J. W. Jones Memorial chapel, 703 N. 10th St., Kansas City, Kas.

Juanita Brooks, 94, died quietly at home on April 21, 2023, in Kansas City, Kas.

Mrs. Brooks was born Juanita Beatrice Harvey on June 14, 1928, in Bonner Springs, Kas .,to parents Lester Harvey and Sadie Williams. She was the first-born grandchild on both sides of her family.

She migrated to Kansas City, Kas., when she was six years old and attended Grant Elementary school. She would go on to attend Northeast Junior High school and graduated from





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