Davidson, James Sylvester


May 21, 1918-March 6, 2000
I am now home in Heaven;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect Joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

Rev. James Sylvester Davidson was born May 21, 1918 in Bayou Goula, Louisiana, to the late Rev. David L. Davidson, Sr. and Mrs. Mary Harris Davidson.
Rev. Davidson, who was a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, for more than 60 years, devoted his life to serving God and family.
He attended public schools wherever his father pastored but returned to Bayou Goula to finish his schooling at the Iberville Parish training school before attending Southern University and Wiley College. Rev. Davidson later served in both the United States Army and the United States Marine Corp.
Rev. Davidson organized the New Orleans District United Methodist Men.
Rev. Davidson started summer classes at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, to prepare himself better for the ministry. He was first assigned to Thompson United Methodist Church in New Orleans in February 1966 and served as pastor for one and a half years.
In June of 1967, he merged Hartzell and Mt. Zion churches in Slidell to form one church. In an historic undertaking the church was consecrated and dedicated simultaneously under his direction.
He was the first son of Hartzell United Methodist Church of New Orleans to answer the call to the ministry. After pastoring several other churches he was then assigned to his home church Hartzell United Methodist Church of New Orleans and served there for 10 years. He was called back to pastor at Hartzell United Methodist Church of New Orleans after his retirement.
Rev. Davidson was further blessed when he met the late Lorena White Davidson, his wife of more than 40 years. Together they devoted their lives to the United Methodist Church and to their family.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2000, p. 249 By William L. Jones

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