Celebration of life for the Rev. Paul McDaniel scheduled for Oct. 7

Staff file photo / Rev. Paul McDaniel delivers a sermon at Second Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga, on Sunday, February 9, 2014.

A celebration of life service for the Rev. Paul McDaniel will be held Oct. 7 at Second Missionary Baptist Church.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, capacity will be limited, and people must register to attend the service by visiting the church's website. Face coverings will be required, along with temperature checks at the door. The service will be livestreamed on the church's Facebook page.

McDaniel, a local civil rights advocate and prominent faith leader, died Aug. 22. He served as pastor at Second Missionary Baptist Church from 1966 to 2014, as well as founding the Unity Group.

In 1977, he won a U.S. Supreme Court case enabling him to hold public office as a member of the clergy, something that was banned by law in Tennessee. McDaniel was then elected to the Hamilton County Commission in 1978.

McDaniel's family is requesting donations, in lieu of flowers, be sent to the Paul A. McDaniel Boule Scholarship of Gamma Pi Boule Foundation (P. O. Box 11396, Chattanooga, TN 37401). Donations can also be made to Second Missionary Baptist Church, noting the donation is in memory of McDaniel.

The church is at 2305 East Third St. Registration for the service will open Friday, and people can register to attend by visiting mysmbchurch.org.

The livestream of the service will be available at facebook.com/2ndMBChurch or by visiting the church's website.

Contact Wyatt Massey at [email protected] or 423-757-6249. Follow him on Twitter @news4mass.