On April 18, 1920, in Leon County, Texas, Lace Kelly and Fessie (Dawkins) Kelly welcomed into this world a bouncing baby girl and they named her Loya. She was the second daughter and third child of the couple. She attended public school in Leon County School District and graduated from St. Paul High School in 1940. She also made another huge step in her life. She met and married Mr. Goree Davis, and to that union, eight children were born.
She accepted Christ at an early age at Mt. Ira (Keechi) Baptist Church and later joined Greater Mt. Calm (Pine Top) Baptist Church in Centerville, Texas where she remained a faithful member until her move to the Dallas area in the suburb of Lancaster, Texas. During her membership at Mt. Calm (Pine Top) she served as secretary, treasurer, and she sang in the choir. At one point, she served as Mission President of the New Home District Association. Additionally, she was a member of the Ebenezer Singers Quartet. She was the last surviving member. She loved to travel around the community singing praises to the Lord. Most importantly, she loved her family and enjoyed hosting and attending family gatherings on birthdays and holidays. She used to cook so much food when her children came home, especially for her boys!
Loya Ola Davis passed away March 26, 2018 in DeSoto, Texas. She was preceded in death by both parents, Lace and Fessie Kelly; her loving husband, Goree Davis; her oldest daughter, Joe Lacey Walker; both brothers, Junious Kelly and Raleigh Kelly; and her sister, Josie Lee Smith.
She leaves to cherish her memory: four sons, Prince Edward Davis (Beatrice) of Dallas; Shirley Davis (Emma) of Mt. Morris, MI, James Harold Davis (Patricia) of Flint, MI and Paul Lawrence Davis (Karla) of Mt. Morris, MI; three daughters, Deloise Holley, Brenda Joyce White (Kenneth) and Gwendless Ann Sam (Edward); grandchildren she raised, Loretta Walker Morgan (James) of Lancaster, Archie Bernard Walker of Flint, MI and Orlando LaMar Walker (Dawn) of Sugar Land; one niece, Doris Nell Wynn of Dallas; three nephews, Pharoah Rhinehart (Joan) of Witchita, KS, Theoda Rhinehart of Dallas and Ronald “Skip” Kelly (Patricia) of Oklahoma City, OK. She also leaves twenty-seven grandchildren, fifty great-grandchildren, sixteen great-great-grandchildren and a host of grandnieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A homegoing celebration for Loya Ola Davis was held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. Pastor Kenneth Donalson officiated the service, and interment was in the Two Mile Paradise Cemetery in Leona, Texas.
Active Pallbearers: James Morgan, James Simpson, John Nealy, Rathel Green, General Douglas Polk, Charlie Polk.
Honorary Pallbearers: Prince Davis, Shirley Davis, James Davis, Paul Davis, Ronald Kelly, Pharoah Rhinehart, Theoda Rhinehart, Archie B. Walker, Orlando L. Walker.
Arrangements were entrusted to Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas. www.waltersfuneralhome.com