Melvin McDaniel was born on May 5, 1951 to Harrison and Wanza McDaniel. He attended Portsmouth Public Schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1977 where he received several medals and honors. After serving the U.S. Army, Melvin started his second career as Base Security at the Norfolk Naval Base. Melvin was always helpful to everyone he encountered and loved working on cars. He loved his kids but his grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Melvin was predeceased in death by his loving wife, Shirley McDaniel and his parents, Harrison McDaniel and Wanza Ruffin (Walter).
Melvin leaves to cherish his memories, children, Stephanie Brown, James Brown, Calvin Brown (Kenya), Vonda Harris-Otey (Stephanie), Cornelius Harris (Talia), Meldon Hunter and Renita Harris; siblings, James, Robert, David, Sarah and Wanza. He also leaves a host of grandkids, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who miss him dearly.