Frank Edward Siler was born in Marion, North Carolina on April 7, 1946, to the late Kate Mae (Keaton) Jones and Ed Siler. At a young age his family relocated to Washington, DC where Frank attended DC public schools. He graduated from Cardozo High School in NW Washington, DC. He was a certified mechanic and an Afro Engineer. As a teenager, Frank learned to operate heavy machinery. He loved skating, dancing and driving. He went on to operate construction equipment, drive tour buses, ride motorcycles and drive 18-wheelers. He really had a passion for classic automobiles. Frank also loved animals. He had monkeys, chickens and other exotic birds, dogs and many other pets. Frank’s house was often a hang out spot for a lot of the guys from the neighborhood. He exemplified the phrase “It takes a village” as he took several of the young men under his wing and was like a father figure to them.
He is survived by his wife Vivian Staley Siler of 50 years, children Traleece Siler Graves of Upper Marlboro, MD, Darricks (Shawn) Spinks of Ramseur, NC, Ladammingo (Deon) Baldwin, of High Point, NC, Adrianne Pridgen, of Kernersville, NC, Frankara (Frankie) Siler, of Greensboro, NC, a bonus daughter, Lisa Sibert (Brian), of Jamestown, NC, and a bonus son Patrick Quick (Delores) of High Point, NC. He also leaves to cherish his memories sisters Mary Creasy Farmer of Silver Spring, Maryland and Linda Williams of Washington, DC 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
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