Obituary for Mr. Mansell H Fridia Sr

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Mr. Mansell H Fridia Sr

June 9, 1952 - January 24, 2019

Mansell Herbert Fridia was born June 9, 1952, to the parents of Otto and Deborah Fridia. Growing up in North Dallas at an early age Mansell took to the arts with dance and music, making percussion his specialty. At New Hope Baptist Church under Rev. H. Rhett James he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior serving as drummer for over 25 years. While attending N.R. Crozier Technical High School he put his height to use as #11 on the Varsity Basketball team, graduating in 1970. Mansell went on to further his education at Prairie View A&M University taking his talents to the field as a member of the drumline with The Marching Storm. With scholarship and excellence he was inducted into Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity graduating in 1976 with a Bachelors of Business. While there he meet the love of his life, Janis Flood whom he would wed June 2, 1979. With this union they birthed Mansell Fridia, Jr. and Dominique Fridia. As a hard worker, devoted husband and father he made a living with Dallas ISD, retiring as Executive Director of Custodial Services in 2013. To keep himself busy he often substituted within DISD, giving private drum lessons, and teaching African Drum class in the Bishop Arts District along with Swing Dance.
Mansell leaves behind wife, Janis Fridia; son, Mansell Fridia, Jr.; daughter, Dominique Shotwell (Jermaine Sr.); sister, Joye Hamilton; brother, Charles Fridia (Ileana); brother-in-law, Hugh Flood Jr. (Toni); grandchildren, Jermaine Shotwell II and Lauren Shotwell; cousins, Angela Walker (Alfred), Louis Bedford III (Martha) and Diane Webster (John); brother-friends, Leslie Williams (Betty), Mike Gipson (Jacquelyn), James Williams (Thalia), Cedric James, Christopher Flowers (Jana); along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends from North Dallas, PVAMU, Dallas ISD, New Hope Baptist Church and a vast variety of other places.


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, February 1, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Black and Clark Funeral Chapel


2517 E. Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75216

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Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

New Hope Baptist Church


5002 South Central Expressway, Dallas, TX, 75215

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Born: June 9, 1952
Died: January 24, 2019

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TA posted on 4/19/19

The death of someone you love is one of life’s greatest tragedies but the God who comforts all who mourn help to sustain you during this most difficult time, as you await the fulfillment of Gods promise to be reunited with your loved one again (John 6:40)


Margaret Sherrod posted on 3/19/19

To Janis, Mansell, Jr., and Dominique: I offer to each of you my sincerest, heartfelt condolence in the lost of your husband and father. I remember him as a great percussionist, but, as an even greater human being. My prayer is that God will continue to strengthen you in the days and years ahead. Yours in Christ, Margaret Sherrod


Brenda Nash posted on 2/3/19

To Manzell and family you have my deepest condolences Mr Friday was a wonderful soldier now doing what he do best fighting for the Lord don't give up and you too can see him again God's be to glory God is still in control you will see him on the other side God Loved him more.Just Stay prayed up..


Michael noel posted on 2/3/19

Praying for the family you have my sincere condolences he will be missed rip manzell


Johnnie Abreu posted on 2/2/19

Mr Fridia my heart is still at an awe feeling, the most kind and smooth,supportive man I've ever met. Your most memorable statement to me don't worry about messing up in the dance, just enjoy the music and dance and I did just that. Thank you for always being so supportive of the Elephant Room. I will always save a parking for you up front wherever I go. Rest sir rest.


Walter Everett(Big Walt) posted on 2/2/19

Mansell and I were in the management program at Sears in the mid seventies. Since I was a Grambling grad and he was a PV grad I started calling him SWAC. I've long since left Dallas but we talked at least once a week during the NFL season. He was the most even tempered person I knew. He never allowed excitement or disappointment to rule his emotions. He will be greatly missed by not just his family, but all whose life he touched. GOD CALLED HIS DRUMMER HOME.


Henry Jones posted on 2/1/19

I always called him Friday. We met at Prairie View A&M University while playing in the band. I also brought him over as a pledge in Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity. We have been brothers since. I would always look forward to seeing him and the group at homecoming. I will miss that. May peace be with him as he starts a journey that we all will make some day. Please find some comfort that he is home now.


Drs. Stanton and Leola Lawrence and Family posted on 2/1/19

I was blessed to meet Mansell Fridia during our days at Prairie View A&M University where we were members of the Brotherhood of Club Crescendo. He was a talented musician and a great friend. Janis, please know that we are praying for you and the children during this time. God never makes a mistake, and He called Mansell to be with Him. We will continue to lift up the family as Mansell makes his glorious transition.


M. Roberts posted on 2/1/19

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. Please remember that you are never alone. Jehovah will be there for you. The family and friends will be there for you with true love, and words of comfort. All mankind is moaning, groaning, because of the stresses, sickness, injustices, the belittlement of culture and then facing the greatest adversary, the enemy of all, Death! Help me. Help us. God's Word the Bible promises our love ones will be resurrected. How comforting it is to know that Jehovah, the God of all comfort, will eliminate all grief and provide permanent consolation when “all those in the memorial tombs will hear [Christ’s] voice and come out”! (John 5:28, 29) God promises that “he will do away with death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isa. 25:8) Then, instead of having to “weep with those who weep,” all earth’s inhabitants will “rejoice with those who rejoice.” —Rom. 12:15. For more information visit JW.ORG


Rev. Andre V. Punch, L.P.C. posted on 1/31/19

Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Clarie posted on 1/31/19

God is the best thing that has happen to Us. He is in total control and know what he's doing. His child, his work, his power to heal a broken heart. He will always be there for you no matter who he choose to call home. Love always . Clarie


Cynthia M posted on 1/30/19

Fridia will truly be missed. Sending my sincere prayers for peace and comfort to the Fridia Family.


Robert Prince III posted on 1/30/19

Fridia,cool personified. Peace.


Marilyn Russell posted on 1/30/19

In memory of , Marilyn Russell lit a candle


Daryl & posted on 1/30/19

As you walk through this time of loss may you know that the Lord walks with you and he will comfort you. Mansell you will be missed gone but not forgotten. My child hood Church friend.