Francis Clifton Daniels

Francis Clifton Daniels

Frances Clifton Daniels, 89, passed away on July 24, 2015, at The Woods Nursing & Rehab in Monticello.

She was born in Belle Ellen, Bibb County, Alabama, on July 18, 1926 to Percy Clifton and Etoile Hallman Clifton.

Predeceased by her parents and a brother, Joseph P. Clifton, she is survived by a son, William R. Daniels, Jr. and his wife Marsha of Monticello, and two granddaughters, Natalie Daniels Atkins and husband Justin of Little Rock, and Meredith Daniels of Omaha, Nebraska.

Frances graduated from Bay County High School in Panama City, Florida, and received her BA degree in history and piano from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. She then received her Masters degree in history from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and pursued a Doctorate in history from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. As an historian, she was particularly interested in the lives of President Andrew Jackson and his law partner John Overton. Her research on Jackson and Overton was utilized in works on Jackson (The President’s Lady) and in articles in the University of Tennessee Law Review.

Her professional teaching career spanned over 40 years from Huntingdon College to graduate fellowships at Vanderbilt and Tulane, Florida State University, and culminated in a 25 year career at Arkansas A & M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) where she taught thousands of students the joys of learning History of the Old South, Western Civilization, and English History.

Following retirement from UAM in 1987, she enjoyed the health to pursue her lifelong interest in Western European History by traveling to Europe to visit the many sites of which she had taught throughout her career.

A lifelong Episcopalian, she was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Monticello.

Visitation will be at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral home on Tuesday, July 28 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the University of Arkansas at Monticello or to St. Mary’s Church.