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.
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.
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
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.
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.