Nana and PopPop
Thomas Edward Daniels
  • 88 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 12, 1926
  • Place of birth:
    Ravenna, Kentucky, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 21, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Let the memory of Thomas be with us forever

Short Biography of Dr. Thomas Edward Daniels

     Dr. Thomas Edward Daniels graduated high school in 1943, 2nd in his class.  Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the military.  He served 33 months during World War II.  While in the service, he spent 18 months in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), attending Prairie View A&M University; University of Iowa; Kansas University; Syracuse University; and Maine University studying Electrical Engineering.  Upon completion of his military service, he attended Louisville Municipal College of the University of Louisville where he was initiated into the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.  Shortly after his initiation, he transferred to the University of Iowa where he successfully earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree.  He concluded his academic career by earning an MBA and an Honorary Doctorate of Community Service from Monmouth University.

      Dr. Daniels retired from the Department of the Army, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, as a Space Technology Executive after 38 years of exceptional meritorious service.  Thirty-five years of this time was spent at Camp Evans, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.  Dr. Daniels was the Deputy Director and the Director of the Combat Surveillance and Target Acquisition Laboratory and was the second African American Director of a major Army Research and Development Laboratory.  He was a recognized Technical and Management expert with expertise in Systems Development, System Integration, Digital Computers, Electronic Warfare Systems, Navigation Systems, Satellite Systems, Ground Surveillance Radars, Nuclear Radiation Detection, Identification Friend-or-Foe Equipment and Meteorological Data Systems.

     Dr. Daniels was predeceased by his daughter, Danita E. Holmes.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maxine Loreat; children, Michael Edward (Lisa), Karen Elizabeth, Kevin Earl (KayKay), Daryl Edwin, Larrick Edson, and Raun Edmund; over thirty grandchildren; great grandchildren; and a great great grandchild.


New Jersey home going services:

St. Stephens AME Zion Church
1001 Springwood Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 774-4010

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wake:  6:00-8:00p
Kappa Services: 6:30p

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Viewing: 10:00-11:00a
Funeral services: 11:00a
Repass immediately after funeral services

Interment will be in Louisville, KY

Funeral Home

James H. Hunt Funeral Home
Home126 Ridge Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(732) 775-8722


Kentucky home going services

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

First Virginia Avenue Missionary Baptist Church
3601 Virginia Avenue
Louisville, KY 40211
(502) 774-3281

Viewing:  10:00-11:00p
Funeral: 11:00p 
Interment after funeral service 
Repass immediately after interment

Funeral Home

A.D. Porter and Son Funeral Home
1300 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40203 
(502) 491-7865 

In Lieu of flowers please make donations to the Thomas E. Daniels Trust

Checks should be made payable to the

Thomas E. Daniels Trust
P.O Box 161
Oakhurst, NJ 07755



Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Daryl Daniels on 12th November 2016

"Love you and miss you Pop.  Thank you for your love, guidance, and support over the many years while you were on this earth."

This tribute was added by N Sam on 8th September 2015

"Dear Family of Thomas,

I'm sorry that you are experiencing the mourning of losing a love one. Many if not all of us has experienced this, but I would like to share a brief scripture that will may just bring you comfort.

(Acts 24:15) "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous."

Thanks for reading."

This tribute was added by Gary Brooks on 1st September 2015

"Dear Daniels Family,

Please know that you all have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Mr. Daniels.  As you all know, he was my father's dearest friend.  He will be truly missed.   Although so so long ago, you may recall that I became a part or the Daniels Family.  After my family experienced a house fire that made our home inhabital for approximately 3 months, my parents made the the tough decision to split the family up until repairs were made.  My parents placed their trust in your family and sent me to live with you.  I was 7 years old.  It was a difficult time for me.  Nonetheless you all encompassed me and made me a welcomed part of the family.

I will never forget it.  For that reason and so much more, I am indebted to you all.  Thank you and God bless you all."

This tribute was added by Odie Lee Bullock JR on 28th August 2015

"Dear Family of Thomas E. Daniels,
Your patriarch's vision of life was truly remarkable. He was indeed an inspiration to us all. He is a great loss to you, his family and the community. May his soul rest in peace.
Our deepest condolences to all of you. May GOD continue to bless you and keep you.
Sincerely,
Odie L. Bullock, Jr & Joan E. Kelley-Bullock and family"

This tribute was added by Dorothy McBride on 28th August 2015

"To the Daniels, my sincere condolences for your loss. I will always remember the giant of a man who gave so much to the community and did it with such passion.  Mr. Daniels will be missed.

God bless and be with you as face this time of sadness."

This tribute was added by David A Brown on 28th August 2015

"Tom and Maxine, I Will always owe for the work that you have done in are communities and the effect that you have had on my Life. the only thing that i can say do you and your Family is THANK YOU>"

This tribute was added by Rackelle Wilkinson on 27th August 2015

"Dear Pop pop,

We know that the steps of a righteous man are ordered by God; and therefore, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have known you over the past few years, not only as a role model, but also as family. Your legacy will live on…..

1 .Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

Psalms 1 vs. 1-3

-Rackelle Alston"

This tribute was added by Jibari Daniels on 27th August 2015

"Thank you pop pop for all the great memories you will always be missed. I love our long conversations about your past and the history of our family. I loved hearing the stories about Kentucky and how you were born on a box car and how far you come as the father of 8 and the grand and great grandfather of over 50 thanks for the many memories gone but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by N. R. on 27th August 2015

"Maxine and Family:
I did not know Dr. Daniels but I could not help but to express my deepest sympathy to all of you. I feel that we are all connected in that we've all lost dear ones at one time or another. Although our future hope of a resurrection is sure, we have to cope in the meantime. Please accept by sincere heartfelt condolences and May Jehovah give you peace by means of his son, Christ Jesus."

This tribute was added by Pat Parrish on 27th August 2015

"Dear Kevin and Kay Kay
The Parrish family would like to extend our deepest condolences for your loss. Losing a parent is hard though you will hold him in your heart for all the years to come. GODBLESS"

This tribute was added by Rose Crenshaw on 26th August 2015

"To the Daniels Family,
May you find peace in the days to follow and the strength to cherish the days spent...  Let his voice you hear in the years to come be the light to guide you in your future endeavors..."

This tribute was added by Van Lane on 26th August 2015

"Dear Maxine, Kevin and Family

I would like to extend my most sincere condolences for your loss. He was an intellectual giant, he broke many barriers, and his life was exemplary in a myriad of ways."

This tribute was added by Vernon McGowen Jr. on 26th August 2015

"Dear Maxine, Kevin and Family,

He fought the good fight until his last breath and left a legacy that will outlast us all !  A Warrior has gone from labor to reward !!!  God Bless!

A luta  continua ( The Struggle Continues)"

This tribute was added by Renee McRae on 26th August 2015

"Dear Family,

First let me say my heart goes out to you, and I am so, so sorry for your loss.  From my experiences with Kevin, KayKay and other members of your family, not only was Dr. Thomas Edward Daniels a great man with a tremendous legacy, he was a very much loved and adored Family Man, and I know you will miss him greatly.

In speaking with Kevin yesterday I shared a story of an experience I had after my grandmother's passing, and he asked that I share it with you.  I was closer to my grandmother than anyone in the world and I had  always feared she would die and I wouldn't be able to take it.

So, three things actually happened. The first miraculous thing was I was spared her entire death experience as I took an impromptu driving trip to Chicago the exact night she passed.  By the tine I returned I had shielded myself even further with a story that she went off to China or some far away place.  

Second, A few months after she passed she came to me in a dream!  We had a picnic together in front of her house.  She then said she had to leave, and we said our goodbye's.  I cannot tell you the peace (and closure) I had for the first time in months because I had never had the chance to say goodbye.  

The Third thing that happened was 15 years after she passed. I was standing in the kitchen - in the exact spot where she had transitioned, talking with my mom (who was cooking) when these words just started coming to me.  I sat down and basically just took dictation.  I share these words with you as this poem brings me comfort and I hope it can do the same for you.  It definitely is a "Message From Beyond" ...

Don't cry for me because I am gone
Don't lay awake in the early dawn
With thoughts of grief or pity felt
About my life or ailing health

I've not gone far although from sight
I'm just beyond like the day from night
I'm with you still all through the day
And I feel your will in the strongest way

The ways we cared and the bond we shared
Are symbols of undying love
Be strong in life and do not fold
Don't let it be said you just got old

And when you think you can't go on
That life has made you tattered and torn
That's the time to think of me
That's the time I'll set you free

You'll feel me with you
You'll know that I'm fine
It'll give you the strength
To keep towing the line

I'm alive and well
On a different plane
I'm alive and you know it
So just stay sane

Don't be consumed with grief or fear
Of how I died or had you been near
The journey we shared in the physical place
Has blossomed for me to the cosmic space

I'm sending this message because you're in shock
I don't want you to sit in that chair and just rock
Pick up those pieces and see which ones fit
Dust yourself off, take it bit by bit

We came to a fork
In the road that we traveled
No reason to stop
Or become unraveled

Stand on your own
It's a task you must do
And know that I
Will Always Love You

                                               Copyright (c) Renee Radha McRae 1989"


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