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Rev. Dr. Francoise Olive Davis

Rev. Dr. Francoise Olive Davis, 70 of Tampa, FL, went home to be with our Lord, on January 31, 2020. Born on November 8, 1949 to the union of Mildred F.W. Yancy Davis and St. Jerome N. Davis I, she was the first of eight children born to Mildred Yancy.

Sister, FOD, SIS, Olive, Aunty Olive, Reverend Mother, Reverend Dr., Darling Aunty, and Grammy as she was affectionately called graduated from Ricks Institute, Liberia.  She immigrated to the U.S.A. where she earned a bachelor's and two master's degrees from Western Michigan University. Olive returned to Liberia and worked with Chase Manhattan Bank, National Investment Commission, Continental Seafood, Ltd., and Monrovia College.

In 1985, she returned to the US and attended seminary at Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology (master's degree in ministry), and later earned a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. She was an accomplished pastor and ordained minister with the United Methodist Church, serving in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and the West Virginia Conference. Her gracious, kind, loving, and most generous spirit will live in the hearts of all those whose lives she touched.

Olive was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her children; siblings: Deroe Davis Weeks (Monroe T., Jr.), St. Jerome Nathaniel Davis, III (Marie Antoinette), MacDonald F.W. Davis, Eunice Davis Gardiner (Eugene Gardiner), Mildred W. (Lady D) Doe (Roosevelt), Steffi Koffa Benjamin, Penny Koffa Clarke (Nathaniel Leon); aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, a host of other relatives, and friends who were precious to her daily life. Olive loved and lived life to the fullest and enjoyed meeting new people and easily formed new friendships. She had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel seeing almost all of the United States and many international countries. She was creative and a great seamstress who enjoyed crafting, cross-stitching, and crocheting. She loved making mementos for family and friends. She loved bright colors and could light up the room with her smile. We invite you to wear red, green, or any other bright color as we celebrate her and her love for life.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on 

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:00 A.M.  

North Bethesda United Methodist Church 

10100 Old Georgetown Road, 

Bethesda, MD 20814

Contacts:

  • Deroe Davis Weeks: 231-886-517-134
  • Minister Dr. St. Jerome Davis:  240-498-1526
  • Rev. Dr. MacDonald F.W. Davis:  301-802-6277
  • Eunice Davis Gardiner: 231-77-625-6285
  • Mildred W. Doe(Lady D): 240-252-0761
  • Steffi Koffa Benjamin (S.J.): 240-848-0375
  • Penny Koffa Clarke: 301-332-8295

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