The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Obituaries

March 29, 2014

Bishop Arthur James Davis

DANVILLE — Bishop Arthur James Davis, 64, of Loganville, Ga., formerly of Danville, peacefully passed from this life to glory at 8:07 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, surrounded by his family.

He was born on April 20, 1949, in Leland, Miss., the son of Charlie and Rosie Davis. He was the seventh of 15 children.

On April 24, 1971, he received the greatest gift from God when he married Zelma “Zee” Alexander. She survives and stayed faithfully by his side until the Lord called him home.

Also surviving are their children, Valorie (Gregory) Davis-Phillpott, Adrian, Lorenzo, Tyisha and Ty’Jhai, all of Loganville, Ga., April (Leo) Davis, Jodi Davis, DaNessa (Brian) Carter and Mario Chalmers, all of Danville, Caleb Klamen of Champaign, Tramaine Davis of Tampa, Fla., Tasha (Spencer) Bowser of Memphis, Tenn.; 10 siblings, Lillie Westerfield, Charlie (Mary) Davis, Robert (Linda), Eddie (Delores), Walter (Bertha), Leroy (Helen), Jesse, all of Peoria, Beatrice Davis of Memphis, Tenn., Lee Andrew (Pamela) of Carencro, La., Ollie (Valerie) of Smyrna, Ga.; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both parents; sister Alveria; brothers Willie, John and Henry Earl.

In 2008, God transitioned Arthur and Zee to downtown Atlanta, Ga., where they began Faith in Action Second Chance Ministries. They prepared food and taught the homeless the word of God.

Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Touching and Changing Lives Ministries, 122 Ohio St., Danville.

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