Tuesday, March 17, 2009

75th anniversary of John A. Davis' homegoing

This evening marked 75 years since John A. Davis the founder of Davis College went home to be in Glory. Saturday, March 17, 1934 at 7:45 PM.

The 1934 Theologue records his passing in these words:

His passing from this earth was tranquil. Surrounding his bed were the
members of the family, a sister of Mrs. Davis, Mr. M. C. Patterson, three nurses
who had ministered to him during the entire five weeks of his illness, and a young
man, one of the student body, who was there to aid in the caring of him.
He went out without a struggle. About one-half hour before his passing,
his breathing grew more irregular. Twice they thought he was gone but his
tremendous energy which had characterized his whole life, seemed reluctant to
subside. One minute was here with us and then quickly as a flash, he was in
another world with the One, Whom he had served so faithfully these many years.
His loyal wife, stood by his side until he had breathed his last. Then with
tears streaming down her face she bent over and tenderly kissed the furrowed
brow, whispering as she did so, “It’s all right, John dear, we’ve been together
these thirty-nine years and it’s all right.” And looking around at each one of their
little group and calling each one by their individual names, she said, “You
wouldn’t have been here if it wasn’t for him. The only thing I can think of is the
song, ‘When the Saints Come Marching In.’”
Gordon, his faithful son, who stood at the other side of the bed, bent
emotionally over his father, saying, “Yes, it’s all right father, the Gates of Glory
are opening now and you’re going on to your reward.”
He went onto glory to meet the Lord and Savior he had served for much of his life. Closed his eyes to this realm and opened them in the Heavenly Realms face to face with Jesus.

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