|Mrs. Lillian Turner Davis was the first-born of Joseph and Mary Turner in Thibodaux, Louisiana, on December 27, 1892. Her early Christian training was in Calvary Methodist Church of Thibodaux, Louisiana. She was married to the late Rev. Wesley Hezekiah Davis, Sr., also a native of that city. Ten children were born to this union.
Rev. Davis was made a full member of the Louisiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in 1924. He and Mrs. Davis served forty-one active years until their retirement in 1965. Upon their retirement, they joined St. Mark United Methodist Church of Opelousas, Louisiana. Mrs. Davis gave the rest of her service as an active member of this church.
Mrs. Davis died in Eunice, Louisiana, on Sunday, December 24, 1978 (Christmas Eve) at 12:30 P.M. She was faithful to the end. Funeral services were held at St. Mark United Methodist Church of Opelousas, with Rev. Henry Gage, Pastor, officiating, and burial was in the Myrtle Grove Cemetery, Opelousas, Louisiana.
Mrs. Davis attributed her longevity of life to being humble, first to Almighty God, then to His creation. Active and faithful to the end, she proved that she loved God, her neighbor and her church. Honesty, diligence, and patience were qualities for which she will be remembered. Above all, her Christian living was an example to follow.
Survivors include five daughters—Mrs. Hilda Murdock, Mrs. Naomi Beavers, both of New Orleans, La.; Mrs. Lydia Henry of New York; Mrs. Aidah Sharif of Chicago; and Mrs. Mary Frank of Eunice, La.; one son—Wesley Hezekiah Davis, Jr., of Lafayette, La.; one sister, Mrs. Edna Keyes of New Orleans, La.; twenty grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1981, p. 185|