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Reverend Verno Harris Davis

II Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Matthew, 25:23
His Lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

Reverend Verno Harris Davis, age 97, born May 08, 1915, entered into the presence of his precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 09, 2013 at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was the son of John Silas and Della Corina Bradley Davis of Old Fort, N.C. After his marriage, he moved to Erwin, TN in 1946 to raise his children near his wife’s family.

Reverend Davis was a faithful minister of the gospel for over 70 years. He held revivals and pastored churches, some in very remote areas. Some of the revivals in olden times required that he sleep over in homes where he endured bedbugs, as well as other less than ideal conditions. But he counted it all joy to serve his master, and he served Him well in whatever capacity he was needed. Being a bass singer, he sung in several quartets for short periods of time, but his voice was heard most and always appreciated in church choirs.

Reverend Davis worked for the railroad in North Carolina and then became employed by the Erwin Utilities of Erwin, where he retired in 1977 after 28 years.

He was a long time member of the Jacks Creek Minister’s Conference and was one of its oldest living members at the time of his death. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Unaka Springs Free Will Baptist Church of Erwin.

Reverend Davis loved people and enjoyed church and church work. He worked hard all of his life in fields, in timber, and on his jobs, as well as in the ministry. He was cut from a very special fabric and his love, laughter, prayers, songs, and sermons will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Other than his parents, Reverend Davis was preceded in death by his son; Gerald Lynn Davis, his brothers; Coy, Forest, Homer, Clifford, and Thurston Davis and sister; Eugenia Davis.

Reverend Davis is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 67 years; Gaynell Hensley Davis, whom he met at a revival in Erwin and whom he loved so very deeply and devotedly. He is also survived by his daughters; Verdie and husband Edward Sanders of Hendersonville, N.C., Evelyn and husband Terry King of Erwin, son; Rev. R.J. and wife Darlene Davis of Erwin, daughters; Gwendolyn Davis of Erwin, Anita and husband Greg Calvert of Hampton, TN, Sandra and husband Ken Edwards of Shippensburg, PA, grandsons; Jeff and wife Lori Sanders of Virginia Beach, VA, Greg Sanders of Tyner, N.C., Stacey and wife Chris Davis of Erwin, Bradley and wife Melissa Thompson of Lincoln Park, MI, Kenny, Michael, and Matthew Edwards of Shippensburg, PA, step-grandchildren; Cody and wife Rachel Calvert of Elizabethton, TN , Amber Calvert and Meriah Calvert of Overland Park, KS, Jessica and husband Ben Green of Bluff City, TN, Rachel and husband Paul Longton of Allen Park, MI, Zachery King of Canton, MI, 11 great-grandchildren, 8 step-great-grandchildren, sister; Vada and husband Elden Shuford of Canton, N.C., sister-in-law; Ollie Hensley of Erwin, and several nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.

The family would like to thank Amedysis Hospice of Elizabethton, neighbors and friends who have cared for Reverend Davis in a very loving and generous way, and a special thank you to physical therapist of Amedysis Home Health Care, Lexie, who has been blessed with a gift from God with a talent in health care, especially for the elderly.

Visitation will be at Valley Funeral Home of Erwin on Monday, February 11, 2013 from 6 pm – 8 pm. Funeral services will be at Valley Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1 pm. The Reverend Frank Cable of Davis Town Free Will Baptist Church in Old Fort, N.C. and Chaplain Ed Talley of Elizabethton Amedysis Hospice will officiate. Music will be provided by Coy Davis. Following the services, family and friends will proceed to Evergreen Cemetery of Erwin for graveside services. Music at graveside will be provided by Chaplain Ed Talley. Pallbearers will be fellow ministers of the gospel; Bobby Revis, Blaine Whitson, J.C. Sheets, Charlie Trivette, Norman Lovelace, Terry Richardson, and Kevin Laws. Honorary Pallbearers; Other fellow ministers of the gospel.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Reverend Verno Harris Davis, through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187