The day after her 98th birthday celebration, God our Heavenly Father, who is incapable of error, quietly took his servant, Beaulah McLaughlin Daniels, from labor to rest on Thursday, August 2, 2012, as she slept peacefully in her home. Mrs. Daniels, affectionately called “Miss” by close family and long time friends, was born on August 1, 1914 in Sumter County. She was the fourth beloved child of 18 children born to the late Isaac and Maggie Yates McLaughlin.
She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. In 1935, at age 21, she joined her eldest sister in Philadelphia, PA. She soon gained employment at the Murrell Bell & Company Dress Factory, where she became an accomplished seamstress. She retired in 1976 after more than 40 years of employment. Mrs. Daniels was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served actively in her Chapter in Philadelphia for many years.
Mrs. Daniels received the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and joined her parents and siblings as a member of the Mt. Olive A. M. E. Church, Woodrow. After moving to Philadelphia, she joined Faith Baptist Church, where she served faithfully until she was united in Holy Matrimony to William Frank Daniels and joined her husband at True Vine Baptist Church, under the Pastorate of Reverend James Kitchen. At True Vine Baptist, she and her husband answered God’s call to serve as Deacon and Deaconess. She was a tireless worker in God’s vineyard. At True Vine Baptist she served in many other leadership and servant roles, including president of the Pastor’s Aide’s Ministry, Ministry Leader of the True Vine Hospitality Committee, President of the Delaware Valley Hospitality Circle, and she sang with the J. C. Gospel Chorus.
After retirement, Mrs. Daniels longed to return to her southern roots and to the companionship of her two remaining sisters in Sumter. In 1988, she moved back to Sumter and took on the responsibility of caring for her disabled older brother for several years. Always desiring to be spiritually connected, she soon found a church home at First Baptist Missionary Church (FBMC) of Sumter, under the pastorate of the Reverend Dr. William S. Randolph and First Lady Doris Randolph, until his retirement in 2007. She continued her servant spirit at FBMC under interim pastor, Reverend Dr. Ollie J. Hanna, until her current pastor, whom she loved dearly, Reverend George P. Windley, Jr., was called to be the shepherd of the First Baptist Missionary Church flock. At FBMC, Mrs. Daniels served faithfully and actively on the Deaconess Ministry and the Senior Missionary Ministry until her health declined in recent years. She also sang with the Gospel Choir for many years, and served as lead soloist for her favorite song, “I Love to Praise Him”. She lived a God-fearing life. She considered her long and healthy life to be a special blessing from God and would say “I’m not in a hurry to go, but I’m ready whenever He comes”. She was considered the Mother of the FBMC family for the last two years.
Mrs. Daniels was endowed with a happy spirit. She loved entertaining in her home and cooking for family and friends. She was known for her delicious homemade layer cakes. It gave her great joy and pleasure to have others enjoy the meals she prepared, especially her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors. After joining FBMC, for several years Mrs. Daniels honored her Pastor and First Lady, Reverend and Mrs. Randolph, their family, and fellow church members with an annual dinner at her home, and she prepared every tasty dish that she served. She enjoyed sharing folklore of times past and always had a humorous or dramatic story to tell. For many years she was an active member of the Santee Senior Activity Center, where she especially enjoyed quilting, exercising and helping to serve meals to others seniors.
She leaves to cherish precious memories: a loving daughter, Minister Barbara McFadden of Philadelphia, PA; four devoted sons, James H. McLaughlin (Theola), William E. Daniels (Patricia) and William C. Daniels, all of Philadelphia, PA, and Jonathan Daniels of the home; one brother, John McLaughlin of Philadelphia, PA; a loving goddaughter, Carolyn Williams of Philadelphia, PA; twenty six grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; fifteen great-great grandchildren; three great great-great grandchildren; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Saturday, August 11, 2012 from the First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 South Washington Street, Sumter, with the Reverend George P. Windley, Jr., pastor eulogist, assisted by Dr. Ollie J. Hannah, Dr. William S. Randolph, Evangelist Annette Alvizures and Minister Aaron Vaughn.
The family will receive friends at her home 5 Creed Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m.
The funeral procession will leave 10:30 a. m. from her home.
Flower bearers will be granddaughters and great granddaughters.
Honorary flower bearers will be First Baptist Missionary Church Deaconesses.
Pall bearers will be grandsons and great grandsons.
Honorary pall bearers will be First Baptist Missionary Church Deacons.
Burial will be in the Colclough Cemetery, Dubose Siding Road, Sumter.