Deacon E. G. Davis, a faithful servant; received his reward of eternal rest for his faithful service on Friday, February 23, 2007, at his earthly home surrounded by his loving family. And is now gone home to be with the Lord.
E.G. was born on September 1, 1929, to the union of Sharpe and Ethel Davis in Arcadia, LA. He attended public school at the HarmonyBaptistChurchSchool in Arcadia, La, he would later move to Galveston, Texas in the late 40's and has remained a resident for over 60 years. He was a U. S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired as a sergeant after 20 years of service to his country. After returning to Galveston in 1974, he was hired by the Lykes Steamship Co. becoming the first African-American to have a stevedore position in the West Gulf Maritime Association. He was a ship superintendent for seven years and was later promoted to general superintendent in 1981. He was elected chairman of the Galveston District of the West Gulf Maritime Association in 1990, handling negotiations of collective bargaining agreements, administrating contracts and benefits funds.
E.G. joined the Greater Mt. Gilead Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Willie Barnes. He was ordained a deacon by the late Rev. Marshall Boxley and remained faithful to his church under the present pastor, Rev. Michael Dwyer, serving as chairman of the Deacon, president of the Trustee Board and a strong supporter of the youth department. He was also a member of the Galveston Midway Lions Clubs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Linda J. Smith; one brother and three sisters.
He leaves to cherish precious memories of his life with a very loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Mrs. Onell Davis; his children, Brenda Wilson, Deborah Robbins, Sheila Jones (Ernest), Shoron Thomas, Edward Gene Davis, Rochawn Davis and Jeremy Davis; grandchildren, Ian and Ebone Woods, Charles Williams, Jr., Tony and Tamara Robbins, Robert Butler, Jr., Takisha Smith, Joshua , Jordan, Nathaniel and Edward Davis; thirteen great grandchildren; brother, Lors Davis (Sarah); God-son, Elroy Stinson; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Viewing will be held from 3-5PM on Friday, March 2rd at E. R. Johnson Family Mortuary, followed by a wake from 7-9PM at the GtrMt.GileadBaptistChurch.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the Compton Memorial C.O.G.I.C., Elder R. E. Woodard III, Pastor and Rev. Michael Dwyer, officiating. He will be laid to rest in the HoustonNationalCemetery with full military honors on Monday, March 5, 2007.