Deborah Daniels


Funeral services for Deborah Daniels, 96, of Kilgore will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Forest Home Baptist Church with Reverend C.E. Mitchell serving as Eulogist. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Cunningham Funeral Home. Public viewing will be held from 2-7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Deborah Louise Lucas Daniels was born on August 6, 1921 to Charlie Merchant Lucas and Lou Ella Jackson Lucas. She died March 6, 2018.

In 1942, after marrying the “love of her life” Otis Daniels, she moved her membership from Post Oak CME Church to the Fredonia Baptist Church in Kilgore.

She attended and graduated from Ned E. Williams High School. Later, in January 1972, she earned a Certificate as a Nursing Attendant and became a caregiver for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Radar of Kilgore until she retired.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Otis Daniels; her parents, Charlie Merchant and Lou Ella Jackson Lucas; siblings, Ardee Lucas, Nathadis Lucas, Judson Lucas, Elzia Lucas, Versia Lucas Thurmond, Ora B. Lucas and Dayna M. Lucas Daniels.

Deborah is survived by her daughter, Zelna Daniels Mayberry (Clarence); son, Ricky H. Daniels of Kilgore; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Melvie Lucas Bates; two brothers, Calvin Lucas (Alene) and Shannon Lucas (Naomi); sisters-in-law, Lettie B. Conway and Charlean Span (Johnny); one brother-in-law, Tyree Daniels (Jimmie), and a host of other relatives and friends.

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