Melinda Ann Davis, 53, of Conroe, passed into the presence of the Lord, Saturday, October 25, 2008 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Melinda’s Chapel, One Home going Celebration is Wednesday October 29th, 2 pm at Fellowship of the Woodlands Fellowship Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77384, (281) 367-1900, with the Reverends Frank Griffith, Dodie Osteen, Kerry Shook, and Chris Shook officiating. Burial will follow at Rosewood Cemetery in Humble under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont, Galveston, Texas 77550, (409) 765-8080. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at the church.
Melinda Ann Davis
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home
Melinda was born April 17, 1955 in Harlingen, Texas to Ernest Willie White and Maxine Clayton White. She was a gracious lady who loved and served the Lord with all her heart and soul. Melinda’s father was a teacher in Harlingen when she was born. She moved with her parents to Houston and went to school in the Aldine district and graduated cum lade from MacArthur High. She married her husband Jerry Davis and joined him in the ministry. After four miscarriages she finally gave birth to twin daughters, Andrea and Tiffany, who have now have two daughters each of their own. Melinda served as an administrator of ministries, but her primary love & service was as a faithful wife, mother and grandmother.
Melinda traveled the world serving people who were victims of disasters and wars. Her & her husband’s ministry has effectively reached people in 61 countries over the last 20 years. Melinda ended her life and ministry serving in Galveston with her husband who serves as the senior coordinator of “Good News Galveston” (
). Although she could physically do little to help, she loved watching, praying and lending moral support to the hundreds who daily drove through Carnes Brothers Funeral Home to receive food, cleaning supplies and spiritual support.
After being told on September 15th she only had a few weeks to live, she decided to spend her last days by her husband’s side helping to win souls, rescue lives and exalt Christ in Galveston following the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. In spite of her horrific pain, she said “I want to go to Galveston”. Jerry couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
Melinda was in agonizing pain. Her liver was swollen with cancer. Ninety percent of her blood cells were saturated with cancer. Her bones were full of lytic lesions. Her cell counts were so low that any infection could kill her within hours. Nevertheless, she wanted to go fulfill her destiny and the purpose for which she was on this planet. If she was going to go down, she would go down fighting... not by fighting with someone, but by fighting FOR someone. She fought for her life and she fought for the lives of those whom she knew were in crisis.
During her last month of life, Melinda showed what it means to live a “no regrets” life. She spent time with her family and she spent time doing her ministry. Just by setting an example, she inspired multiplied others to serve Christ, by serving others in need. In her time of crisis, she reached out to help someone else in crisis. That’s just who Melinda Ann Davis was. She was selfless.
What Jerry, as her husband, is so grateful for, is that now all of you... and thousands of others around the world who have learned of her courage and grace under fire, have gotten to see the woman whom he has always known.
Melinda temporarily leaves behind, an honored husband of 35 years, Reverend Jerry Davis; twin daughters, Tiffany Danielle Lacelle and husband Raymond and Andrea Gabrielle Castillo and husband Sandino; four grandchildren, Lindsey Grace Lacelle, Rachel Ann Lacelle, Alyssa Joy Castillo, and Samantha Faith Castillo with another grandchild on the way; sister, Cynthia Annette Burton and husband Gregory; aunts, Gertrude Morris, Beulah Brittian and husband William; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Our hearts are broken, but will be mended by the love we shared with her and by our Heavenly Father’s eternal love for us.
“To Live is Christ... to Die is Gain.” Melinda didn’t lose her battle with cancer; she won her battle with life.