Boyd Lee Daniels, aged 86, died on Thursday, March 28, in his home. He was born February 5, 1927, to Lee and Ethel Daniels. A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Dr. Daniels holds a B.A. degree from the College of Wooster (English and Greek), a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary (focus on Biblical languages and church history), and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Duke University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he was honored with the Phi Beta Kappa Distinguished Service Award from the University of Tennessee in 1982.
Ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1950, Dr. Daniels served pastorates in the Durham, North Carolina area and Knoxville, Tennessee. He held academic and administrative posts at Duke University, Maryville College (Tennessee) and the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. At the time of his retirement in 1989 he was serving as Executive Secretary of Library Services for the American Bible Society. During his retirement years in Durham, Dr. Daniels was active in the leadership of Durham Congregations in Action and Crop Walk.
In addition to these many accomplishments Dr. Daniels is remembered for his passions for social justice, classical music, travel, books, other cultures, stamp collecting and genealogy (not to mention peanut M&Ms). His broad-ranging interests allowed him to develop relationships with people from all walks of life.
Dr. Daniels is survived by his brother Dean Daniels; his five children and their spouses: Diantha, Lee (Karen), Ellen (Todd), Greg (Beatriz), Amy (Sandy); stepdaughter Laurie Fink-Green; and grandchildren Aaron, Christina, Callie, Caroline, Laura, Matthew, Eric, Rachel, Kristi, Elizabeth, Christopher, Jennifer.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Watts Street Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CROP or to the mission fund of Watts Street Baptist Church.