Hall of Fame Florida Original Highwaymen, brothers Willie Daniels, who passed away on September 19, and the late Johnny Daniels are elite members of the artist group who have left a legacy of second-generation artists.
Daniels is remembered as a gifted artist and a generous man who loved people. He died Sunday in Fort Pierce at the age of 71 after a long illness, according to his niece Shontae Armstrong of Port St. Lucie.
Florida Highwaymen artist AJ Brown is the divine family of the Daniels, says Brown, who has been mentored and accredited by Willie and Johnny Daniels.
AJ Brown’s family roots began in Tallahassee. Her grandmother and six children were born and raised in Tallahassee. Willie Daniels was born in Bainbridge, Georgia, and Johnny Daniels was born in Quincy. Brown grew up in the deep south of OverTown Miami and lives in Fort Pierce.
Brown said: âWillie lived a meager life; over the decades his generosity has spread to everyone and has made it possible for thousands to own a dying Florida. From auction houses and antique shops to promoters, art collectors and museums, friends and acquaintances have brought together the iconic national treasures of Willie Daniels. “
Brown was named first female secretary in 2009, by the Original Highwaymen, and was a member of President Mary Ann Carroll’s constitution committee.
Brown wrote the History of the Highwaymen in 2009, which appears on one side of the Highwaymen Heritage Trail Obelisk monument, located in historic Lincoln Park on D Avenue in the town of Fort Pierce.
The family started a gofundme.com to help with funeral expenses.
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