Jessie Lenore Davis joyfully joined her Savior, many friends and family members in heaven on February 26, 2018. She had recently celebrated her 82nd birthday with her family and friends at Mesa Springs where she had resided since January of 2017.
Jessie was born to Willie and Ada (Carpenter) McDonald on November 22, 1935, in Wichita Falls, TX. She was a graduate of Burkburnett High School and began employment at the telephone company until she married the love of her life, Charles Ray Davis, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on April 12, 1955. Jessie and Charles began their married life in Spokane, Washington where he was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. In addition to being a military wife and mother to her four children, Jessie was a faithful church member in their many communities of residence. While Dad made sure his children knew the value of work, Mom made sure her children and husband knew Jesus. Other than the birth of each of her children, her happiest moment was watching Dad accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior and follow with baptism after 41 years of marriage! Jessie resumed her professional career when her children entered middle school, working as a bookkeeper and a dental assistant until her retirement in 1998.
Mom and Dad were active members of Broadview Baptist Church and volunteers with Hospice of the Big Country during retirement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ray of 59 years; her parents; and her sister, Ada Jane (McDonald) Rutledge.
She is survived by her four children, Kay (Leman) Barmore of Abilene, William Ray (Melody) Davis of Amarillo, Charles Wesley (Becky) Davis of Abilene, and Linda (Brian) Cargile of Abilene; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; niece, Tina Davis of Houston; three siblings and numerous friends and relatives.
Funeral service will be at Broadview Baptist Church, 2500 S 27th Street, Abilene, Texas on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM, with burial following at Elmwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 8:00PM at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, Texas.
The family would like to express gratitude to the staff at Mesa Springs, Hospice of the Big Country, and Dr. Dean Allen Schultz for the exceptional care provided prior to, and during her stay at Mesa Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Broadview Baptist Church Building Fund or Hospice of the Big Country.
Our prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord grant all peace at heart.
Johnny and SharonKeller, TX
I am sorry for your loss. God’s promise of a resurrection gives us hope. He keeps in his limitless memory a detailed record of each person he will resurrect by means of his almighty power (Job 37:23). Soon he will restore “all those in the memorial tombs” to life. (John 5:28,29). We will be able to see our loved ones again . May God and his promisegive you strength to face this difficult time, my deepest condolences. - Sincerely, Hesli De Leon (JW. org)
Hesli De Leon,
Brian and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to your family! We know all too well what your family is currently going through. We wish you all peace and many blessings and thank you for your friendship. God Bless You all!
Kathy and Brian NorwoodHouston, TX
So sorry for your family's loss.
Tanya GonzalesAbilene, TX
Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of grief. My hope is that the words of Christ Jesus be of comfort, when he stated that "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5: 28, 29). We can also take comfort in God's personal promise to "wipe out every tear" and that soon, even "death will be no more" (Revelation 21: 4).