NATHAN DANIELS, JR.
APRIL 10, 1929 – SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
The life and legacy of Nathan Daniels began on April 10, 1929 to the parents of Nathaniel and Alberta Roberts Daniels in Lyons, Texas. Nathan accepted the call to serve Jesus Christ at an early age. He accepted the call to serve in the military by serving in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War.
After serving his country with distinction, Nathan Daniels began his quest for service in ministry. He attended Wiley College and later transferred to Dillard University where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy. He continued his training at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia where he was awarded the Master of Divinity Degree.
While attending Dillard University, Nathan Daniels became a millionaire when he met and married Sylvia Wade of Vicksburg, Mississippi. To this union, three children were born, Calvin, Jason and Nathelle.
Rev. Daniels became an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and pastored in the states of Alabama, Tennessee, and Louisiana. He served on numerous boards and agencies, including the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Commission on Religion and Race.
He pastored the following churches: Thompson, Trinity, Wesley (New Orleans), St. Matthews, Genesis, Boynton, Wesley (Mansfield), Rosa, St. James-St. Paul Charge (Monroe), Round Grove, St. Paul (Shreveport), and St. James (Shreveport). He retired as pastor of St. James (Shreveport) in 1999 and returned to serve for a brief period of time at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Mansfield, Louisiana.
On September 22, 2010 the earthly journey of Nathan Daniels ended at Willis Knighton Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. Several years prior to his death, he had given instructions to his wife and children to get his friend, Rev. James A. Graham to preach his eulogy. On October 2, 2010 Home Going Celebration of Rev. Nathan Daniels was held at St. James United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Host Pastor was Rev. Cheri Godwin and the Officiating Minister was Dr. Donald Avery. The Eulogy was done by Rev. James A. Graham as was the wishes of Rev. Nathan Daniels. The Internment Service was held on October 4, 2010 at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville, Louisiana.
Louisiana Methodism was made a better place because a servant of God named Nathan Daniels came to serve the church and not to be served. He gave all that he had because of his love for people and his understanding of what a real pastor should do as a servant leader. The legacy of Nathan Daniels lives on in his wife of 46 years, Mrs. Sylvia Wade Daniels; two sons Calvin (Cecilia), Jason and one daughter, Nathelle of Shreveport, Louisiana; six sisters, Jessie Rolfe (Morris), Sarah Cox, Yvonne Daniels, Norma Dillard (Audrey), Linda Coleman (Lemuel), Onnie Mumphrey (Robert); one brother, Alvin Daniels (Donna); eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of relatives and friends.
Rev. James A. Graham
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