Vol. 2 - No. 3

March, 1983

IN MEMORIAL:

Jimmy Davis

As reported by Elton Haley, Preacher
of the Edna, Texas church

It is with candor that I express the sentiments of my heart relative to the most recent loss to this congregation, of our beloved brother, Jimmy Davis, a man of God and beloved elder of the Lord's church here in Edna, Texas. Having known and labored with him for the past several months, not only increased my love in Christ toward him, but gave me a greater insight into the current need in the brotherhood at large for such dedi­cated men as brother Davis. This memorial should serve as a stimulus to incite the development of such qualified men to serve in the eldership of the Lord's church. His wisdom, talents and enthusiasm, were unique in a very useful combination as a steward in the service of Christ. Although medium of stature, as a beacon tower, he stood tall in his observable characteristics as a Christian. His obvious love of truth and exemplary manner of life was open for all men to see and appreciate the love of God as manifested in him. His influence did shine as a lighthouse on the shoals of "his" own time. Therefore, Jimmy Davis, a high tower whose bright light may have been turned off on earth, but turned on in eternity, leaves the slowly diminishing beams of peace, joy, love and kind­ness, felt posthumously by those that knew, loved, and respected him; and will continue to leave the moonlike light of influence for years to come in this church. The reflection of Christ, observed even in his smile, will long be remembered. Truly, as the righteousness and gifts of Abel still speak to us, "And by it he being dead yet speaketh." (Hebrews 11:4). Our brother's life will be reflected in the members of this faithful congregation for time to come.

Secondly, our beloved brother was and will be remembered as a PILLAR in the Lord's work of the church in Edna. His unwavering stand and support of the truth will be greatly missed. And those saints, who looked to him for strength and wisdom, will feel presently and perhaps in years to come, his absence in the assembly. His dedication to the Lord's work and his undying love for Christ, His church and the truth of the gospel, is known by the host of brothers and sisters in Christ, whose tears of sorrow at his departure speak of the indelible mark that his life and love left upon the sheep tended and pastured by this gracious shepherd, who faithfully served under Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep.

Undoubtedly, his reward will be blessed and eternal as expressed by another great and beloved shepherd, the apostle Peter, who wrote: "The el­ders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be re­vealed: feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away" (1 Peter 5:1-4).

Thirdly, it must be pointed out that he was a BULWARK of faith against the forces of evil. He was correctively militant in rectifying impro­prieties in the church. His uncommon courage and plainness of speech censured the errors of less con­scientious Christians and at the same time confirmed his concern for their wayward condition, seeking with all his love and strength to bring the straying sheep back into the fold. He could not, as the psalmist David, countenance sin and division, and concurred with David in "hating every false way." Although, not always as persuasive as he wished to be in resolving problems of his responsi­bility as an elder, he nevertheless manifested pa­tience. He was pragmatic and persevering in pro­moting the peace and promises of the gospel.

As always, and of no less importance now, we need men willing to make a personal sacrifice, as A. J. Davis, whose devotion to Deity and duty and conscientious concern for others leave a favorable and lasting impression upon the hearts and lives of many. This he did for Christ's sake and God's glory. He shall long be remembered in the "church of Christ" in the south Texas town of Edna.

Truly, a great, good and courageous soldier has fallen in battle in spiritual Israel, not fallen by being derelict in duty, but having "fought a good fight, finishing the course and keeping the faith, henceforth there should be a crown of life laid up in heaven for him, and not for him only, but for all who look for and love the appearing of Christ." Brother Jimmy Davis as an elder of the church of Christ, was a pillar, high tower and strong bulwark of the faith.