|The Rev. Wilbur G. C. Davis, Sr. was born June 13, 1928 to Haywood and Sarah M. Davis in Clinton, Louisiana. He departed this life on June 9, 2000 at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was a retired United Methodist minister having served the following appointments: St. Paul, New Roads; Hurst, Plaquemine; St. Luke, Bayou Goula; Wesley Foundation-Southern University, Baton Rouge; Newman, Alexandria; Roberts, Denham Springs; St. Luke, Greenwell Springs and Wesley, Baton Rouge. He graduated from East Feliciana Industrial Training School, Clinton, Louisiana and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Southern University and A & M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
After his call to the ministry, he attended Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas and Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He served on various committees throughout the United Methodist Church.
Wilbur was a loving husband to Viola and a caring father of Nicki, Cedric, Ron, and Wilbur, Jr. He touched the lives of many people in a positive way. God blessed Wilbur with a rich baritone voice that when hearing him preach brought you in the presence of angels. His deportment was that of a gentleman and his dress was impeccable. His gentle, but firm, stance for inclusivity advanced race relations in a powerful way. His pastoral spirit provided effective leadership for the church and smoothed the way in the face of conflict. His wit and sense of humor made you comfortable in his presence. It was not surprising that he died with the same strong faith and courage that was a hallmark of his life.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 251 By Carl E. Rhoads|