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ANDREW TOGBA DAVIES, Sr.—THE PASSING OF A CHRISTIAN MINISTER, LIBERIAN LAWYER, DIPLOMAT, EDUCATOR AND NATIONAL SECURITY PROFESSIONAL

Equa Hannah Davies and her children sadly announce the passing of their husband and father, Mr. Andrew Togba Davies, Sr., who died on Saturday, January 3, 2009, in Monrovia, Liberia. He was 71.

Born of humble beginnings in Noir Point, Sinoe County, unto the union of Toewaih Womkpeh Davies and Anna Davies, Mr. Davies was the quintessential self-made man who left a track of record of public service with distinction, honesty and integrity. A consummate professional, he indeed devoted his entire adult life to public service, working in various capacities as a Christian Minister, lawyer, educator, diplomat, and national security professional.

The most important part of Mr. Davies’ life was his work in the Christian ministry. On December 19, 1969, after an ardent course of Bible study, Mr. Davies became convinced of the truth found in God’s word, dedicated his life to Jehovah and served faithfully as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses until his death. Mr. Davies spent countless hours engaging in the door to door ministry, talking to others about the Good News of Jehovah’s Kingdom and the hope and blessings it will bring to humankind. It is this hope that sustained him throughout trialsome periods of his life that he sought to extend to others. Mr. Davies believed in God’s purpose for the Earth and in a resurrection of the dead to an earthly paradise.

He began his government service as Test Associate with the Testing Center at the Liberian Ministry of Education. He later served for several years as Deputy Director of Interpol, before becoming Assistant Director for Administration for the Liberia National Police. His sterling performance in that job soon ensured his promotion to the position of Deputy Director of Police and soon thereafter he became Director of the entire National Police Force, where he left his mark as an innovator and stalwart fighter against crime and official corruption. After serving as National Labor Solicitor at the Liberian Ministry of Labor, where he put his immense legal talents to work as an advocate for and champion of the rights of Liberian workers, Mr. Davies served as Director of Security at the National Port Authority, where he instituted ground-breaking reforms.

In 1982, he began his diplomatic service as the Liberian Special Maritime Representative to the United States. In that capacity, he worked tirelessly to secure greater Liberian participation in and control of the business and revenue generating arms of the National Maritime Program. After a period of exile in the United States following the outbreak of the Liberian Civil War, Mr. Davies returned to Liberia where he again took up government service, including serving with the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Mr. Davies’ commitment to public service was matched by his insatiable quest for a first-rate education. Upon graduation from Sinoe High School, he matriculated to the University of Liberia, from where he attained the degree of Bachelors of Science in Education, with an emphasis on Social Science and Psychology. He subsequently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in the United States with a Masters Degree in Educational Research and Statistics. He later graduated from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia with an LLB Degree.

Andrew Togba Davies, Sr. was predeceased by three of his children, Emery Davies, Fitzgerald Womkpeh Davies, and Hannah Equa Davies; his brother, Toewaih Womkpeh Davies and three sisters, Esther Davies Slah, Sarah Davies, Doris Jakay Davies and Johanna Davies.

Andrew Togba Davies leaves to mourn his death the love of his life and wife of forty-five years, Mrs. Equa Hannah Davies and five children, Andrew Togba Davies, Jr., Daryl Wreh, Davies, Lowell Nyekan Davies, Andrena Tarlor Davies, and Michael Mombo Davies; five grand-children, Lisa Michelle Davies, Andrew Dash Davies, Fitzgerald Womkpeh Davies Jr., Michael Lowell Davies, Tristen Davies ( his walking stick) two sisters, Victoria Titi Davies-Johnson and Rebecca Davies-Bakwa and a host of others family members and friends.

Mr. Davies will be buried in Monrovia, Liberia, January 24, 2009. Funeral services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Paynesville, Liberia.

A memorial service will be held on January 24, 2009 at 1:30 pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, located at 6320 Fox Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.

For further information, please contact the following family members:

  • Michael Davies, Monrovia, Liberia – 06900002
  • Andrena Davies, Raleigh, NC – 919-758-0829
  • Isibor Nosegbe, Ashburn, VA – 703-675-7720
  • Winifred Clement-Nelson, Centreville, VA – 703-449-1591