Mildred Elizabeth Thompson Davis, daughter of the late Sherman and Bessie Thompson was born in Lumberton, North Carolina on August 17, 1938. She departed this life on February 12, 2021 in Lumberton, North Carolina. She was married to the late Reverend Doctor Howard Davis, Sr. for 56 years.
Mildred accepted Christ at an early age at First Baptist Church, 504 West 2nd Street, Lumberton NC. She was very active in the life of FBC as a missionary and choir member from youth to adulthood. She served as President of the Women of the Church and was a Youth Council Advisor. She enjoyed attending and participating in the Robeson Unions on the 5th Sundays.
Mildred graduated from J. H. Hayswood High School. She later attended Pembroke State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Mildred also received a Master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Andersonville Seminary, Camilla Georgia. She worked in Robeson County School System until she moved from the area.
Mildred enjoyed traveling, shopping, sewing, cross-stitching, meeting new people and spending time with her friends and family. Mildred was known for her style as she carried herself with grace in her suits/dresses heels and “Church hats.” She was truly a giver and always made purchases in advance for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Mildred is known for many “sayings” but the one that stands out the most is of her reminding her family and others, “What God has for you is for you!”
Mildred was a member of and past State President of North Carolina Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows (Interdenominational). She was a member of the International Interdenominational Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows, Past President of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Fellowship of The Woman’s Baptist Home & Foreign Missionary Convention of North Carolina-Auxiliary to the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
She thoroughly enjoyed serving in various roles and traveling inside and out of the continental United States as a member of these organizations. She was initiated into Laurinburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated in 1987 and was a Lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated. (Lumberton Alumnae Chapter). Mildred was an active member of Redstone- Hayswood Alumni Association, United Order of Salem, Friendship Chapter of Eastern Star, Carpenter’s Assembly #164 Order of Golden Circle of Maxton, North Carolina.
Mildred devotedly served alongside her husband in his pastorship of the following churches: Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Evergreen, North Carolina; First Baptist Orrum, Orrum, North Carolina; Jones Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Laurinburg, North Carolina; St. Paul Baptist Church, Gastonia, North Carolina and Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Georgetown, South Carolina.
She leaves to cherish her memory, four sons, Retired Colonel Howard Davis, Jr (Denise) of Panama City, Florida; Bishop Sherwood T Davis (Timishia) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Kevin Davis of Lumberton, North Carolina; Apostle Ivan Davis, of Goldsboro, North Carolina. Two daughters, Millicent Douglas (Nate) of Lumberton, North Carolina and Leatine Davis Floyd (Patrick) of Lumberton, North Carolina. Two brothers, Sherman Thompson, Jr (Floria) of Baltimore, Maryland; David Thompson (Lena) of Lumberton, North Carolina. One sister, Minister Corene Thomas of Lumberton, North Carolina. Two sister in laws, Ms. Sammie Davis of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Ms. Vergie Davis of Southport, North Carolina. Four Goddaughters: Nina Estes, Andrea Turner, Rosalind Turner Bell, Yvette Potts Bostick. Saundra Davis and Cheryl McCullough. Sixteen grandchildren: Jordan Davis, Howard Davis, III. Taylor Davis, Sherwood Davis II, Carrington Davis, Chadia Davis, Jorah Davis, Timini Davis, Victoria Davis, Lemar Douglas, Joshua Douglas, Josiah Davis, Isaiah Davis, Micaiah Davis, Donivan Floyd, Logan Floyd. Six Great grands: Aiden, Bless, Justice, Khyri, Legend, and Howard IV. Also, her four legged companion, Jake. She was preceded in death by five sisters: Addie Porche, Frances Thompson, Annie Stevenson, Mary Jane Thompson, and Lessie Ware.
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