By Ralphine Major
It was in early December the year I met him. Jimmy Duncan called to see if I would come to downtown Knoxville and meet Zane Daniel. The two lawyers had established Daniel & Duncan law firm and wanted to talk to me about working for them. I went to meet Zane and ended up staying the entire day.
Soon after then, news surfaced about Zane’s birthday near the end of December. I had only been there a few days but long enough to learn that Zane was a huge basketball fan. He had played ball at Rutledge High School and was friends with the great A. W. Davis. Davis also played for Rutledge before becoming a Tennessee Volunteer player and coach. I thought it would be fun to have a birthday cake made for Zane, one that resembled a basketball court. It was his 34th birthday.
We lost Zane way too soon. In 2006, he passed away at the age of 66. During this last year, I have thought of him so often. Perhaps, because it was my 66th year as well. Today, it is unbelievable that Zane would be 82. How grateful I am that our paths crossed. Zane was truly special, and he is still missed so very much.
Words of Faith: The verse that always comes to mind when I think of Zane is the one that Jimmy quoted at his memorial service fifteen years ago. Those words are engraved on a plaque in our home and are an ever-constant reminder of those resounding words from the tiny book of Micah in the Old Testament: “. . . and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8 (KJV).