Gladys Ruth Daniels Lackey, 88, the beloved daughter of the late Joe Roy Daniels and Eula Mae Hickman Daniels, was born in Iredell County on May 16, 1932. She entered into eternal rest on February 7, 2021, at Gordon Hospice House, following a short illness.
She was married to William Carter Lackey, Sr., who preceded her in death. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, William Carter Lackey, Jr.; a son-in-law, Rev. James C. Campbell, Jr.; a grandson; three great-grandchildren; and twelve siblings.
Mrs. Ruth attended Unity High School, and later after her children were married and moved out, she received her GED. She was a breast cancer survivor and was a member of St. Joseph Baptist Church, where she was the oldest member and served as a Deaconess. She retired from Broyhill Furniture Company and was a caregiver to others. She enjoyed cooking and baking, watching the Bachelor, Tiger Woods, Soap Operas, and Jimmy Swaggart. She also loved working word puzzles and gardening.
She leaves to cherish the memory of her life her children, John (Raynell) Poole of Hiddenite, Sylvia Campbell of Taylorsville, Carolyn (Bobby) Campbell of Douglasville, Georgia, Gladys (Kenneth) Speaks of Yadkinville, Helen (Scooter) Grinton, Teresa (Richard) Wellman of Taylorsville, Terry (Phyllis) Lackey, Sr. of Hiddenite, and Dewanna (Leslie) Howell of Taylorsville; a brother, Larry Daniels of Winston Salem; three sisters, Dolleither Daniels of Statesville, Louise Daniels of Long Branch, New Jersey, and Mary Jean (Bishop Elect Lonnie) Gray of Charlotte; daughter-in-law, Teresa Wells Lackey; in-laws, Betty Morrison, Belinda Daniels, Julia Lackey, Lona Belle Lackey, Alice Rankins, Russell Lackey, Linda Lackey, Harry (Barbara) Lackey, and James Lackey; 22 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; a special friend, Betty Millsaps; St. Joseph Baptist Church Family; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted Friday, February 12, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Joseph Baptist. Mrs. Lackey will lie-in-state 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. Reverend Dr. Darrick Clemons will officiate and Bishop Elect Lonnie Gray will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at the Zion Chapel AME Zion Church Cemetery in Hiddenite.