Rev. Alfred P. Davis
The Rev. Alfred P. Davis, 90, of Milford, Del., and formerly of Blacklick and Blairsville, Indiana County, and of Sarver, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Friday at Milford Memorial Hospital.
Born Aug. 27, 1913, in Echo, Cambria County, he was a son of Merton and Mary Burley Davis.
He graduated from Conemaugh High School in 1932 and received a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1949 from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. He also received a bachelor of divinity degree in 1952 from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.
The Rev. Davis was a pastor for 32 years before his retirement. Most recently, he was an ordained minister of the Pittsburgh Conference of the Free Methodist Church, having served as pastor of churches at Norwood Road, Huntington, W.Va., Sarver, Blairsville and Blacklick.
He previously was an elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Milford, Del.
The Rev. Davis was an Army veteran of World War II, having served from December 1942 to December 1945 with the 113th Cavalry Group, Mechanized. He was a technical sergeant and recipient of a Bronze Star for valor and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.
He enjoyed reading, studying God's word, being with his family and worshipping God with his many friends at the Milford Church of the Nazarene, the "Sonshine" Sunday School Class and Widow/Widowers Group.
His greatest joy was his Bible and telling others about his Savior. During an interview on the European Theater in World War II, he stated "I would rather give up my life than give up my Bible."
The Rev. Davis was well known for his quick wit, sense of humor and pithy sayings, such as "I tell people not to get old, but they don't listen."
He is survived by a son, Richard Davis and his wife, Carol, of Milford; two daughters, Mrs. Michael (Linda) Heidenthal of Clymer and Mrs. Kenneth (Barbara) Bryant of Springboro, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Bryan Davis, Caricia Rickards and husband Shawn, Amber Parry and husband Jamie, Casey, Steven, Jessica and Angela Heidenthal and Aaron and Nicole Bryant; four great-grandchildren, Zachary, Harley and Kortni Rickards and Julianna Parry; and three sisters, Elva and Esther Davis, both of Echo, and Mrs. Lela Agnew of Beaver Falls.
Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his wife, A. Evalean Walker Davis, who died in 1998; his parents; a sister, Mrs. Violet Redmond; and a brother, the Rev. William Davis.
DAVIS - Friends of the Rev. Alfred P. Davis, who died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, may visit from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SHOEMAKER FUNERAL HOME, Blairsville, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Black Lick Free Methodist Church. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Blacklick Free Methodist Church, where the Conference Superintendent the Rev. John Kelley and the Rev. Fred Craig will officiate. Burial will be in Rowley Cemetery, Hillsdale.
Arrangements are being made by the MELVIN FUNERAL HOME, Harrington, Del.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Black Lick Free Methodist Church, Blacklick, PA.