Valdosta Daily Times


April 3, 2014

Elijah Davis Sr.

-- — Elijah Davis Sr. was born December 1, 1930 in Alapaha, Georgia, to the late Alfred Davis and Leola Thomas.

Elijah was a hard worker, a “Jack of all Trades.” His tough, strong hands provided for his family whom he loved very much.  When not working, he could be found sitting up under his favorite tree, doing what he loved, talking, laughing and sharing with his friends. Elijah loved life and people. He never met a stranger. All who knew him, will remember his caring heart, his loving ways, and most of all his greens—which he crowned himself as “The King of Collard Greens!”

Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart; his spirit lives within us, forever in our hearts.

Elijah was granted eternal rest, Sunday, March 30, 2014.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four children: Elijah Davis, Jr., Paula Davis, Rachel Allen and James Nickson; and one sister:  Lucille Fleming.

Elijah leaves to cherish his memories, his children: Irene Brown, Katheryn Copeland (Albert), Velma Gates, Betty Jean McClain (Willie), Stevon Davis, Nelshell Berrien, Jerry Davis (Edwana), Erma Jean Wolfe, Helen Dudley, Wesley Nelson, Mary Daniels (Jasper), Stephanie Robinson (Michael), Warren Nickson (Sheree), and Juanita Burkes (Judge); two sisters: Albertha Myers and Ruby Davis; three brothers: Willie Lee Davis (Joyce Ann), Albert Davis and Ben Davis (Faye); sister in-law: Cynthia Davis; brother in-law: James Allen; Fifty one grandchildren; One hundred sixteen great-grandchildren; Twenty seven great-great-grandchildren; three special friends: Dana Thomas, Willie Ricks and Fredell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 3 p.m.  from the sanctuary of Mt. Vienna AME Church, 4880 Vienna Church Road, Valdosta, Ga.  Rev. Roy Brown is pastor and Pastor Wilbert Berrien will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Register Cemetery, Valdosta, Ga.  Public viewing will be today from 11:00am to 8:00pm at Godfrey Funeral Home.  Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at  — Godfrey Funeral Home, LLC.

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