November 01, 1938 - February 23, 2016

Life of Dr. Morris L. Davis, Pastor

Dr. Morris L. Davis, Pastor was born to the late Boyd and Dorothy Davis on November 1, 1938 in Lubbock, Texas. His family moved to Oakland Ca. when he was a young boy, and finally settled in Chowchilla, Ca. At the age of 16, he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior and was baptized. He graduated from Chowchilla Union High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Army, where he was stationed in Paris, France. After being Honorably discharged from the Army he returned home and married the love of his life, a Virtuous, Godly woman, Sis. Clara Jean Sherrod (who preceded him in death). Pastor and Sis. Clara Davis were married for 48 blissful years and to this union 8 children were born. They raised their children up to love the Lord and were members of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. N.N. Haynes. Dr. Davis was a humble and kind man who was faithful and obedient to God. He loved the Lord with all of his heart, mind, body and soul. He not only talked the talk but walked the walk of a Godly man and everyone who came in contact with him knew it. Dr. Davis had many degrees and certificates of education. He loved learning so much he continued his education, up until the time of his death. He graduated from several different schools, the University of Paris, while in the Armed Services, Fresno City College and attended Fresno State. Dr. Davis attended and graduated from Moody College, Correspondent and Bishop College, Correspondent. To further his biblical knowledge, Dr. Davis attended the Golden Gate Seminary and received his Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Mt. Carmel Theological Seminary. He also attended WHW (Williams, Harris & Waddles) Ministries in Los Angeles for the past 27 years, in which he received a certificate each year. He was definitely a VIP and he wore his badge proudly. He served in the Mt. Zion School of Higher Learning for 7 years as a teacher and class Program Chairman and served as the Chancellor of the Mt. Zion Theological Seminary, until his death.

Dr. Davis started his ministry work over 60 years ago at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, Youth Supervisor, Minister and Sunday School teacher, just to name a few, before he was called as the Pastor of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, in 1983. Dr. Davis served diligently as the Pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church for 31 faithful years. One of Dr. Davis’ most infamous sayings were “A family that prays together, stays together.” Dr. Davis showed himself faithful to the service he promised God and every person that has depended on him to share the wonderful word, the magnificent love, the tender mercies and absolute promises of God! From Dr. Davis’ he said “His work and life for Christ Jesus as his Savior has been a rewarding one. For he has seen this Psalm come to reality in his life. Psalms 37:25 “I have been young, and now I’m old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread.” He was an active member of the San Joaquin District Association where he served as the First Vice Moderator under the leadership of the Moderator, Dr. Hiawatha T. Calhoun. Dr. Davis served as the Dean of the Central Valley Youth Conference for many many years. Dr. Davis was very involved throughout the community. Always visiting those in the hospitals to those in the convalescent homes. Dr. Davis’ heart was with and for the children, he loved children and has shown it all of his life, he wore his heart on his sleeve. Every year he would try to make each and every child’s graduation, who invited him, no matter how far it was.  If he said he was coming, you could count on him to be there!

 Dr. Davis was blessed once again with another Virtuous, Godly woman later in life and married his loving, faithful wife, Marjorie in 2009. Marjorie had 4 grown children of her own that he accepted as his own. Dr. Davis did not like the term stepchildren and said the only steps he has are the ones on his front porch. Dr. Davis and Marjorie lived life to the fullest. They were blessed to travel and see the world together. They had the opportunity to travel to Australia, Hawaii, Jamaica, Samoa and the Cayman Islands, just to name a few. Dr. and Sis. Marjorie Davis attended church regularly, until his illness. He was a faithful Pastor, even in his illness he had the desire to attend church. He was able to attend church on February 14th for the last time and what a time, we did have in the Lord.  As of January 1, 2016 after an unanimous vote from the church Dr. Davis passed on the honor of his Pastoral duties to Rev. Dr. Sammie Neely at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Davis fought the good fight and he is now resting in peace with his first love, God! Dr. Davis went home to be with the Lord on February 23, 2016.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Dorothy Davis, two brothers, Joe and Boyd Jr. Davis, one sister LeVonn Davis and one child Vaughn Davis. Dr. Morris L. Davis leaves to Cherish his memory: his loving wife Marjorie Davis, his children; Marvin (Maureka) Davis,  Marcus (Andrea) Davis, Maurice Davis, Derek (Makayla) Sharp, Launzetta (Howard) Newsome, April (Freddie) Jackson, Patricia (Lonnie) Anderson, Pamela (Kevin) Tate, Arhea (Jason) Adams, Jasmine Sharp, Deja Sharp, one brother Wondo (Audie) Davis, one sister Florence Arnold; 27 Grandchildren; 10 Great Grandchildern; Brother-in-Law Neville (LaTrina) Bowen; Special daughters;  Rolinda Lett, Tommie Lee Davis, Deitra “DeeDee” McAlister, Imogene Ollison, LaQuita Hodge, and Andrea Davis; and an enormous amount of nieces, nephews,  family and friends.

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