Rev. Dr. Anthony H. Daniels
Dr. Anthony H. Daniels, D.Min., was born June 9, 1950, in Kingsport, TN, and transitioned from this life peacefully at home on August 23, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Psalm 90:10 declares, “The days of our years are seventy, and if by strength eighty. ” He fulfilled his days of 70 years old.
He was born to the late Reverend Nathaniel Daniels and the late Ethel Walton Daniels. He was married to the late Gloria Hester “Hessie” Daniels for 22 years until her passing.
He was preceded in death by special grandparents, Levi & Lucille Walton, and a special uncle, Ralph Walton, who were all very influential in his life; one brother, Allen Daniels; one nephew, Timmy Daniels; and one grandson, Paul Brian Trammell, II.
He was well educated, after graduating from Dobyns-Bennett High School, he received his BSN in Business Education in 1972 from Knoxville College; Masters of Divinity in 1992 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry in 1997 from United Theological Seminary.
He had an exciting professional boxing career from 1973-1981 that ranked him 10th in the United States in Ring Magazine. In 1982, he participated in an overseas mission trip to Burkina Fasso, West Africa. This was one of the greatest highlights of his life when the tribal chief, who had never seen an African-American, told him “Welcome home”.
He worked professionally as Energy Advisor at TVA before accepting a full-time Pastoral position. In 1983, He was licensed by Central Baptist Church and ordained in 1984 by First Baptist Church in Barboursville, KY. From 1984-1992, he served as Pastor at First Baptist Church in Barboursville, KY. From 1992-2001, he served as a Pastor at First Baptist Church in Pulaski, VA. He returned home to Pastor Central Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN from 2001-2007. He retired from ministry while serving as Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church in Barboursville, KY due to health reasons.
Reverend Daniels lived an outstanding life that was full of accolades and accomplishments but most of all, he loved preaching the word of the Lord and serving God’s people. He was an innovator and visionary in improving the social and spiritual lives of African-American communities in Kingsport, Pulaski, and Barboursville. He served faithfully in various organizations during his life.
He had a deep passion for the youth and he founded an Amateur Boxing Club to help guide and develop young men, in and out of the ring. He was installed in the Boys and Girls Club of America “HALL OF FAME” for Outstanding Leadership. He served on several boards of directors including Pulaski County Social Services, as Chairman; Red Cross Youth Emergency Shelter, as Chairman; and co-founder of a community economic development program entitled C.A.R.E., Inc. which stood for Cultural Awareness Redemptive Education.
He also chaired a Countywide ecumenical Holy Week committee. He served on the Board of Directors for Haye House, a halfway house for first-time offenders. In 1984, he was listed in “Who’s Who” among African American Leaders, Library of Congress. He served as the President of the Kingsport Ministerial Alliance, Bethel District Sunday School, Division of Clergy for the Baptist General Convention of VA. In 1995, he received the “Outstanding Community Services Award" from the Progressive Men’s Club.
He built Old Douglas Grill and Groc with his own hands from the carpentry & construction skills he learned from his Uncle Ralph to serve the Riverview Community in Kingsport, TN. It was his love for building and remodeling that gave him the vision, while serving as the Pastor, to update the first African-American church in Kingsport, TN, Central Baptist Church, with a new and modern sanctuary. It was completed in December 2004.
Dr. Daniels was affectionately nicknamed “Champ” in his hometown due to his boxing career. But out of the ring, he was a Champ in life. He selflessly extended his hand to help anyone in need. He was a well-respected pillar in the communities that he served. He was truly a humble and caring man committed to his family and any congregation that he shepherded.
His favorite scripture was Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” This is what he believed and exemplified daily in his life. He will truly be missed by all whose lives he touched.
To honor and cherish his memory he leaves three daughters, Ms. Gloria Elizabeth “Beth” Daniels, who was his devoted caregiver during the years of his illness, Kingsport, TN, Ms. Gloria Renee Daniels, Huntsville, AL and Mrs. Lynette Reese (James), Kingsport, TN. A devoted & special niece, Ms. Yoni Daniels, Smyrna, TN; one loving brother, Mr. Isaiah “Isaac” Daniels, Kingsport, TN; three special nephews, Brad Perry, Kingsport, TN, Allen Michael Greer, Orlando, FL, and Marlon McGue, Kingsport, TN; 15 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a large host of extended family members and friends, as well as the entire Kingsport, TN, Pulaski, VA, and Barboursville, KY communities.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank Tina Cline, his sitter and caregiver who assisted with his care at home for the last two years, and Amedisys Hospice for their care during the last few months of his life.
Services will be conducted Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 1:00 om from Central Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of service. For your health and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, all guests must wear a mask and we ask that you please do not attend if you are showing any signs or symptoms of illness. CDC and state of Tennessee regulations will be followed.