Lindsey McDaniel Jr.: A spirit of giving
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By Shaka S. Lias

Lindsey McDaniel Jr. doesn't go unnoticed when he walks into a room. He's a dapper dresser and if that's not enough, his personality is as loud as the cologne he wears. McDaniel credits his wife Mary for his sense of style.

"My wife is behind all of this, she buys [me] three to four suits at a time," McDaniel said. As for the cologne, he likes Chaps, Polo and one more brand he can't remember the name of, but his son Lindsey III gave it to him. Perhaps the giving gene runs deep through their veins. McDaniel has given all his life. For him, there is no other way.

Occupation: Cartersville City Councilman (Ward 4)

Age: 77

Hometown: Calhoun (moved to Cartersville in 1958)

Education: Savannah State College, Bachelor of Science in mathematics

Family: Married to Mary for 52 years, two children and one grandchild

Where did you get the name Lindsey?

A: I got it from my dad. He was Lindsey McDainel Sr. When I went to college, I ran into a bunch of girls [named] Lindsey. I also get a lot of junk mail addressed to Ms. Lindsey McDaniel. My son is Lindsey III and my daughter is Valerie Lynn.

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

A: They know just about everything about me. They know I'm a sports nut and some people say I'm a little too lenient on my rental tenants. When they get behind and if they have children, I give them a break.

What sports did you play?

A: I played basketball and football. I also ran track and field. That was my best sport. I was a split end in football, that's now called wide receiver, and in basketball I was the guard.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

A: I dreamed of going to the Navy. I've always wanted to go. I couldn't swim, but I wanted to go. I knew they would throw me in [the water] and make me swim. I went to college instead on a scholarship, but I've always wanted to wear that uniform and sail on ships.

Where did you teach?

A: I taught at Summer Hill High School. It was an all-black school. I taught math and civics. Prior to that, I taught in Calhoun.

Where is your favorite place to go in Cartersville?

A: St. Luke Methodist Church Sunday School, I like it there.

What is you favorite Bible scripture?

A: That would be the Psalm 23. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

What do you love most about Cartersville?

A: The friendly atmosphere of both races. I had some bad experiences growing up in Calhoun, and I imagine the kids around [Cartersville] my age at that time had bad experiences, too. Cartersville is one of the few cities that didn't have a knock down and drag out when the schools were integrated. It was a smooth transition. I met a lot of good people here before I got on the council.

What is your secret to a long and healthy marriage?

A: It's being able to run a situation as 50/50, give and take. One person can't be the boss and the other be a wimp. Both of you have to be strong and cooperate.

How is it serving on the city council?

A: I enjoy it, I thought it was going to be a hassle, but it's not. Friends encouraged me to run [for office] after I retired. Clarence Benham was the first black [councilman] to serve on city council. He served for 25 years until he became ill. The community started pushing me and I decided to run, but said I didn't want to run if [Clarence] was coming back. I filed to run and at the last minute [Clarence] filed for reelection, but I beat him anyway.

What is one thing you would like to give the city of Cartersville?

A: If I was able and had additional money, I would give funding for my neighborhood to improve the quality of living for young kids. I used to go broke buying lunches when I taught school. If they didn't have money for lunches, they knew exactly where to come. I'd like a Boys and Girls Club where they could socialize without having to travel out of the neighborhood. They would have it right here.