Ruth Daniels was born to Lillie Mae Evans and Flowers Owens in Dandridge Tennessee on June 11, 1943. She attended Austin High School and graduated in 1961 and was a proud member of that class. Ruth went on to gain her cosmetology license and begin her lifelong career of being a hairdresser. Ruth considered herself more of a ‘grower’ than a stylist often stating, “I can grow you some hair but that other stuff I don’t fool with”. She began working at Miller’s Department store on Henley St. and during this time she met and married Anthony L. Daniels and to that union a daughter was born named Tomeka LaShawn Daniels. During this time, Ruth moved to North Carolina and became a military wife whilst her husband was stationed at Fort Fisher Air Force Base. She took a break from hairdressing and taught kindergarten at Winter Park Pre School. After moving back to Knoxville, Ruth resumed doing hair and after many years she opened her own salon named after her daughter Meka’s Hair Salon that she was very proud of. Ruth was life-long member of Mount Olive Baptist Church serving under the late Rev. Dr. W.T. Crutcher where she taught Sunday school. She was a faithful member until her untimely illness and passing. Ruth was a woman of style. She loved her clothes, shoes, bags, and hats. Very rarely would you find her sans some sort of bling. She also had the biggest heart on earth and would give you the shirt off of her back. Some of her favorite pastimes were shopping, playing cards, and going to the casino. Ruth had a fierce and unconditional love for her family and close friends. Always there in the time of need, she would often state “treat people how you want to be treated”. Ruth also was the Queen of one liners and ‘say so’s’. Once you started hearing them, you never forgot them. Some of them include: “There are 3 things I don’t play about. My child, my money, and my feet” “If I tell you a rooster dips snuff, you can look under his left wing and find a can of Brutons”. “I don’t EVER want to see that in person.” Ruth will be greatly missed by all.
Ruth Owens Daniels transitioned to be with her heavenly Father on July 4th, 2022 at Tennova North Medical Center. She is proceeded in death by her father Flowers Owens, Mother Lillie Mae Evans Owens, Sister Mary Lee Houseal, Nephew Juan Daniels, Brother in Law Ronald Daniels, and Mother in Law Juanita Hamilton.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband of 49 years Anthony L. Daniels Knoxville TN, Devoted daughter Tomeka L. Daniels Knoxville, TN, Niece Renee Houseal Morristown TN, Nephews Brian (Tanya) Houseal Jefferson City TN, Joel Marrero Richmond VA, Sean (Jaliya) Faulkner Philadelphia PA, Jared (Zanna) Faulkner Atlanta GA, Tyrone (Marsha) Faulkner Knoxville TN and LaMonte (Jari) Faulkner Altadena, CA, great nephews Aaron Houseal and Rayvon Bly, great nieces Jonea Hoard, Kayron (Carlos) Spellman, and Maeshawna Lee. Special Daughters Raneisha (Peerless) Price and Angela Dibrell. Granddaughters Caeden and Kai Price. Goddaughter Nasaysha Cheatham. Godson Ronald Mynatt. Sister in Law Darlene Hamilton. Brother in Law Gerald (Denise)Faulkner. Very special cousins Delores (Fredrick) Brabson and Kathleen Brown. Life long friends Donita Cheatham and Shirley Bates and longtime childhood friend Jaqueline Smith. Ruth also leaves behind a host of other family and friends to cherish her memory.
Monday, July 18, 2022, the family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a service to follow at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1601 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, Reverend Jesse Williams, Pastor, Rev Dr. Kelly Miller Smith Jr., Eulogist. Interment will follow at East TN Veterans Cemetery, 2200 Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN, where a white dove release will conclude the service. Flowers may be delivered to the church prior to the viewing. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com