By Ralphine Major
Part 3 in series on Creed Daniel
It is not surprising that Creed Daniel is well known in rural Grainger County where he first began practicing law with his late father, W. I. Daniel, over 60 years ago! Creed’s skill as an attorney has been recognized beyond his hometown of Rutledge. In 2015, Creed was inducted into the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame. He was one of only six male lawyers in the State of Tennessee to receive the prestigious honor.
“Creed has the unique ability to get along with everybody,” prominent Knoxville attorney Wilson Ritchie told me. “He’s honest and one of the finest fellows! I just enjoy being around him and working with him.” Ritchie recalled that he once worked on a case with Creed, and Creed was a great help. I mentioned that I met his late brother, Attorney Bob Ritchie, when I worked for Creed’s late brother, Attorney Zane Daniel.
In our conversation, the longtime Knoxville attorney mentioned something else that may be one of Creed’s greatest assets. “Creed has East Tennessee country wisdom,” Ritchie said. “I have known the Daniel boys, Creed and Zane, since law school days—50 plus years!” How special for this Grainger County attorney to have such admiration from another attorney and lifelong friend! “I think the world of Creed!” Ritchie added. That speaks for so many of us who know the Grainger County native. (To be continued)
Words of Faith: One of Creed’s favorite Bible verses is Matthew 7:12 (KJV): “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”