|Mrs. Lorena White Davidson was born in New Orleans on February 28, 1928. to the union of the late John and Lorena Ellis White. She departed this life on September 27. 1995.
She received her early education in the Orleans Parish public school system and Snow Hill Institute in Alabama. She graduated with a B.A. degree from Leland College in Baker, Louisiana. She was united in holy matrimony to James S. Davidson on December 27, 1954. She taught in the Orleans Parish school system for a number of years. She also was an instructor at Tri-State College of Industrial Arts.
Born into a Christian family, Mrs. Davidson was baptized at Beulah Baptist Church under
the leadership of Dr. Gardner C. Taylor. Early in her marriage she recognized the need for her family to worship together and became a lifelong member of Hartzell United Methodist Church. She served tirelessly as a Hartzell member, actively participating as a member of the United Methodist Women on the local church, district and conference levels.
In 1961, Mrs. Davidson’s beloved husband was called to ministry and she wholeheartedly accepted his calling. Alter serving a number of churches within the Louisiana Conference, they were assigned to Hartzell. They served there from 1976 to 1986, at which time they retired from the active ministry. They later were called out of retirement to serve again at their beloved Hartzell. At the time, Mrs. Davidson’s health was beginning to fail and she said in her loving, humorous way, “Well, I guess they’re sending us back to Hartzell for them to bury us.”
During her adult life, she was very active in a number of civic and social organizations, including the National. Association of University Women, the NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Les-Jeunes Femmes, where she was a charter member.
She loved to entertain family and friends, including some Methodist Bishops, District Superintendents, ministers and their wives. She also opened her home to many out-of-town Dillard students.
Her memory will be cherished by her devoted husband and children she reared. For those who knew her, life will not be the same. It will be better! Better because we knew her and felt the goodness of her person. And it is better because she is with her Lord and Savior.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 276, By Rev. James S. Davidson|