Mr. Frank Marcellus Staley, Jr., 90, 1756 Belleville Road, died at his residence on the evening of December 25, 2020.
Frank M. Staley, Jr., the second child of F. Marcellus and Sarah R. Staley. He attended the public schools of Savannah, Georgia, Greensboro, North Carolina and Americus, Georgia, graduating from A. S. Staley High School in Americus.
He furthered his education in Mathematics, commencing at Morehouse college before graduating from South Carolina State College in the class of 1951.
He furthered his education, earning a Masters Degree from Columbia University, going on to post graduated studies at Penn State, Rutgers, the University of Oklahoma and the University of South Carolina.
His career as an educator included jobs at Ft. Valley State, Virginia State and his beloved South Carolina State University. While at Ft. Valley he was credited with founding their Army ROTC program.
He worked in Mathematics and Military Science at SCSU for more than 30 years. In addition to his duties in the classroom, he is fondly remembered for his joy in assisting students in overall achieving their very best in life and his ever present bag of peppermints.
He served as an advisor for several student organizations and activities.
“Poppa Staley”, as he was often known, had numerous local, state and national organizational affiliations. Among them:
~The boy Scouts of America: Scout Master, Eagle Scout, Silver
Beaver and the order of the Argrow (Vigil Honor)
~Active member of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church
~71 year member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., initially inducted
in 1949 via Xi Psi Chapter, SCSU
~Founding member, SC State’s original athletic support/bus crew:
the Bulldog Swingers
~Edisto Lodge 39, Prince Hall Affiliation and Jeddah Temple 160
~Orangeburg Touchdown Club
~2012 Orangeburg Area Citizen of the Year, Kiwanis Club of Orangeburg
~LTC (Retired) U. S. Army, Korean War Veteran, Air War College,
National War College, Command and General Staff School
~Life Member, Veteran of Foreign Wars
~Life member, The American Legion
~Orangeburg County Department of Social Services
~Orangeburg County American Red Cross
~Orangeburg County Mental Retardation Board
~Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
~SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame
~SCSU Officials Basketball Hall of Fame
~SCSU ROTC Hall of Fame
~Member, SC State University National Alumni Association
~Official/Referee: Orangeburg Recreation Department, SC High School Association, The SIAC, SEC, and the ACC
Pop Frank was preceded in death by his parents and one sister: Ms. Blanche E. Staley.
Special warm memories of his life of love, service and care will be cherished by his daughter, Elisa C. Staley; son, Frank H. Staley; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Howard and Josephine C. Howard; daughters/nieces: Bertie R. Howard, Michelle Howard-Harrell and Lynne Howard-Brown; cousins: Yvonne Holt, Judy Jordan Brown, the Ryan Jordan, Holts and Dixsons, the Williams, Waymer, Carron, Murray and Howard families and his many SCSU children and grandchildren.
Special thanks to his dedicated team of elder caregivers: Ms. Rosa Davis, Syntasia Glover, the “Jones Girls”, Doctor Lewis Colter and his Hospice Crew and his SCSU “Crew”.
When one asked to describe himself, he struggled to find the words;
“Well, I’m a Father, I love children, I love sports, I love people, I guess that’s all.”
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Wednesday, December 30,2020 at Glover's Funeral Home at 2:00pm until 7:00pm.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 31,2020 at Belleville Memorial Gardens beginning at 11:00am.Services will be streamed live on our Facebook page Glover's Funeral Home of Orangeburg. All those attending must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations.
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