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Reverend Russell E. "Pop" Davis

November 14, 2012

Reverend Russell E. “Pop” Davis, 87, of 71 Muddy Run Road Milton PA went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his family.  He was born May 6, 1925 in Rensselaer NY the son of the late James and Jessie Tilley Davis. 

He graduated from Allentown Bible Institute.  Rev. Davis began his active ministry in 1946 after attending United Wesleyan College in Allentown PA.  His pastorates included Brookdale  PA; Grand Gorge NY; Oxford, MD; Evangelistic ministry for 3 years; Glassboro NJ; Point Phillips PA; Bingen PA and Milton PA.  During the three years of evangelistic ministry, the Davises toured the eastern United States ministering in song and message.  During his 21 year term of ministry in Milton, Rev. Davis experienced four building projects including a relocation from the South Front Street site of both parsonage and church.  The present sanctuary was constructed in 1970 followed by the construction of the parsonage in 1975.  A classroom facility and fellowship hall were built in 1982 to serve the church and Meadowbrook Christian School, a ministry of Christ Wesleyan Church.  The most recent building project included an educational building housing 10 classrooms and a library built to service both the Sunday School classes as well as the Christian day school.   

Rev. Davis loved God first, adored his family and loved people.  He thoroughly loved life with numerous enjoyments and interests including bowling, sailing, backpacking, hunting and power parachuting and cooking.   Rev. Davis loved music, loved to sing and enjoyed playing the guitar, ukulele, trumpet and the piano.  He was very computer savvy and loved any electronic gadgets.  He was a “kid at heart” at any amusement park and loved playing board games.   

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances G. Pease Davis whom he married

December 26, 1944.    He is also survived by three sons; his first son, Russell Elvin Davis and his wife Patty of Milton PA and his family; Russell E. Davis, Jr. and wife Tammy, Clint Davis, the late Justin Lloyd, Judie Barlage and Bill; Lauren, Rebecca, William, Amie Bang; Riley and Jackson, Michael Davis and wife Ashley; Cassie, Breanna, Michael, Jr., Michael Millett and wife Sarah; Gavin, Audrey, Hannah and Megan Davis; his second son, the Reverend Arlie E. Davis and his wife Sharon of Milton PA and their children Aidan and Adrienne and his third son, Ralph Davis and his wife Lisa of New Columbia PA, Jared Davis, Wesley Davis, the late Breanna Davis, Courtney Haas and Kale and Blaine Haas and Adalynne. 

Also surviving are two sisters; Shirley Brown of Maryland and Jessie Seymour and her husband Harold of Florida.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Wesley Davis. 

Relatives and friends will be received from 5-8 PM Friday evening, November 16, 2012 in the Family Life Center of Christ Wesleyan Church 363 Stamm Road Miton PA, where the  Celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 17, 2012 with the Reverend Dr. Harry F. Wood, former District Superintendant of Penn-Jersey District of the Wesleyan Church officiating.   Burial will be private.  Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Wesleyan Church Memorial Garden. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.  www.visneski.com


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