Services for the Rev. O.E. Davis, 85, of Athens, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Main Street United Pentecostal Church in Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Tim Weatheread, the Rev. Stephen Daywitt, the Rev. Chris Bankard and the Rev. Kevin Prince officiating.
Graveside service will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens with the Rev. Danny Russo officiating.
Rev. Davis passed away April 18, 2014, in Colorado City at the home of his granddaughter.
He was born Nov. 16, 1928, in Emerson, Ark., to the late Obie Dean and Ida Idell Ethridge Davis. Rev. Davis entered the ministry in his early 20s and served a 46-year tenure as senior pastor of First United Pentecostal Church in Athens before retiring in 2009. He was well respected internationally for his evangelistic work, having taught in Belize, Israel and Fiji Islands. He attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie and later earned a bachelor's and master's degree in theology.
Bro. Davis had a God-given gift of being able to play most any musical instrument and had earned his license as a private pilot. He formerly served as a reserve police officer for Athens Police Department and was chaplain for the department a number of years. Rev. Davis had served on the Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice Advisory Board. He was a devoted pastor, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His first love was to the God he served. His faith and dedication never wavered through grief, disappointments or trials that this live brought. "Poppa" to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren was a solid rock that we all knew we could depend on when we needed help. We cannot imagine our lives without him and know there will never be anyone who can fill the void his leaving us has caused.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Wanda Kirk Davis; and son, Alan Kirk Davis.
Survivors include daughter, Sharmon Young and husband Dwayne, Waco; granddaughter, Stefani Worley and husband Brandon, Colorado City; grandsons, Austin Young, Waco, Rolin Davis, Austin; and three great-grandsons.
Pallbearers will be Dwayne Young, Ray Worley, Billy Hesch, Alonzo Cruz, Brandon Looney and Jimmy Skiles.
Honorary pallbearers are the Rev. Ray Worley, the Rev. Don Dobyns, the Rev. Mike Littlefield, the Rev. Danny Lewis, the Rev. Mike Bower, Bill Key and all ministers of the United Pentecostal Churches.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Jesus Name United Pentecostal Church, P.O. Box 967, Colorado City, 79512-7243.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 22, 2014