Deacon Shelly Davis Jr. 75, peacefully transitioned this earthly life on Monday, October 05, 2020 in Florida after an extended illness and prolonged hospitalization.
Shelly was born to the union of the late Shelly Davis Sr. and Josephine Davis-Jackson (nee’ Green) in Coffee County, Alabama on July 11, 1945. He was reared near Enterprise where at an early age he joined Pleasant Shade Missionary Baptist Church. He was educated in Coffee County Schools. In later years he would move to nearby Elba where he joined Elba Zion Missionary Baptist Church and served as a faithful and active Deacon until his health declined.
Deacon Davis was employed over Forty Years as an Aircraft Mechanic with Fleet Support at Fort Rucker Military Base. He was a hard worker, yet he still found time to enjoy some hobbies including Hunting, Deep Sea Fishing, Farming, and Raising Livestock. Shelly’s favorite and most enjoyable hobby was his magnificent gift of singing. Deacon Davis was a celebrated Quartet Gospel Singer who loved to Praise and Glorify the Lord. Over his career he would sing exclusively with the New Brockton Seniors, The Jordnaires and the New Gospel Singers, the group he would release his first Gospel Album with featuring original songs including some written and co-written by him.
Deacon Davis traveled throughout the Southeastern, USA with some of his groups. In later years when he no longer traveled as much, he remained a local favorite at Revivals and Church Choir Days singing with the Elba Zion Adult Choir and the Elba Zion Male Chorus. At the time of his passing the YouTube Video tagged as “Deacon Davis singing that old gospel song” has 1,495,770 YouTube views helping him to reach a lifelong goal to spread the Gospel of Christ Jesus to the world.
Deacon Davis was joined in Holy Matrimony to the lady he affectionately referred to as his “darling wife” Tommie Mincey Davis in a wedding ceremony at Elba Zion MBC November 21, 2015. She is joined in cherishing his memory by his children, daughter Roberta ‘Bobbi’ Campbell (Jamie) of Enterprise, AL, son Anthony Terry (Mattie) of Atlanta, GA, granddaughters Taylor, Sydney & Kynnedi Terry and great granddaughter Skylah, stepchildren; daughter Cheryl Faison (Sonny Boykin) Birmingham, Alabama, sons Stacy Faison (Tracie) Columbus, GA, Phillip Faison, and daughter Ashley Foster; step-grandchildren; Steven Boykin, April Skipper, Cameron Skipper, Lindsey Faison and Step Great-Grandson, Bryson Boykin.
Shelly is preceded in death by his brother Willie J.Davis. He is survived by siblings Sammy L. Davis (Asbury, NJ) Billy R. Davis (Christine) Vallejo, CA, Delores Brooks (Enterprise, AL), sister Shirley Ann Davis (Lakewood, NJ), Louise Davis (Nashua, NH), Clarence E. Jackson (Brenda) Sarasota, FL, Robert Davis (Toms River, NJ), Sharonett Davis (North Plainfield, NJ), Patricia C. Shaw (Joseph) Kennersville, NC, Alice F. Billingsly (William) New Brunswick, NJ, Larry Davis (Columbia, SC), Harry Davis (Freehoe,NJ), Ira L. Jackson (Enterprise, AL), Annette Jackson (Coconut Creek, FL), Phillis V. Davis (Patterson, NJ), Bennie M. Davis(Toms Rivers, NJ) Bryant M. Davis (Lakewood,NJ), Rodney W. Davis (Rachel) Trenton Falls, NJ.Shelly also leaves to cherish his memory Aunts Lattie Greenwood, Ola Mae Davis, Gerlina Knight, Mary Kinsey, Marie Jackson and Petrolla Patterson and Uncles Johnny B. Green, Joseph Green, and Kurby Hall. Special in laws Mrs.Mecie White (Zollie) Pensacola, Florida. And a host of Cousins, Nieces, Nephews, Friends, & other extended Family whom he loved dearly.
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