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Reverend Charles Marie Davis
On November 21, 1942, a daughter was born to the late Mr. Charlie Otis Martin, Sr.
and Mrs. Mae Etta Martin. Charles Marie, as she was named, was loved, nurtured and
allowed to grow into a talented vessel for God. Reverend Davis departed this life
Monday, September 4, 2023.
Vows of marriage and rings were exchanged between Miss Charles Marie Martin and
Mr. Gene A. Davis, Sr. and she became the birth mother of three sons and one
daughter: Gene Jr., Reginald DeWayne, Eric LaShun and Cheryl Renea’ Davis.
Motherhood for her was a blessed gift from God. Thus, God extended her family, as
she became mother of a nephew, James Gregory Taylor, and later two young cousins,
William Partee, Jr. and Kevin Lawerence Partee. She dearly loved them all.
Elementary and most of her school years were spent at Hooper City High School, in
Birmingham. She graduated from Parker High School and went on to complete the
nursing program at Birmingham School of Practical Nursing.
In 1986, to fulfill further educational desires, Charles Marie entered the Adult
Education Program at Birmingham Southern College and transferred to the University
of Maryland in 1988, after moving to Washington D.C. She completed a year at the
University and was accepted into the School of Theology at Howard University on
probation, based on her pastoral and life experiences. Within another year, because of
God’s help and her grade point average, she was accepted into the Master of Divinity
Program as a full-time student before completing graduate school. Travel took her to
Camp Pendleton, California for a year. While there, she studied at The School of
Theology at Claremont, Claremont, California and then returned to Howard
University for two additional years.
For thirty-three years, Charles Marie’s real love was her profession as a nurse. She
was convinced that the ability and gift to minister to the sick was her first call from
God. Some of her most fruitful moments were spent ministering to patients in a
private setting and at Saint Vincent’s Hospital, a total of seventeen years, on three
separate occasions. Opportunities, enjoyment and knowledge increased, as she worked
for Malcom Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and the
Kaiser Foundation in Tucker, Georgia. She truly loved and enjoyed her nursing career.
Charles Marie’s second call came when God summoned her to go into the hedges and
highways to preach the gospel. That call led her into becoming an Ordained Itinerant
Elder in the Ninth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Reverend Charles Marie Davis love God and the church with a passion. Embedded in
her heart was the belief that love for God was obedience to His commands. She firmly
believed that because of God’s goodness and mercy, God deserved a spirit of
excellence from his people. That love and belief allowed her to joyfully serve the
church in many capacities, primarily in the pastorage. She has served as pastor of New
Bethel AME Church., Collegeville; Saint Stephens
AME Church, Airport; Saint Matthews AME Church, East Thomas, and from its
conception, First Community African Methodist Episcopal Church. Later, retiring
from New Magnolia AME Church. She is lovingly remembered for her anointed gift
of singing. Her greatest joy was worshipping with her Saint John AME Church family
and the Daughters of Abraham.
Reverend Davis loved and constantly prayed for her family. She was always thankful
for their love and support. Her greatest supporters were her parents, Mr. Charlie O.
Martin, Sr. and Mae Etta Martin; both who have gone on to be with the Lord. Also,
preceding her in death are her brothers Robert Louis Perkins, Charlie Martin, Jr. and
Reverend Derek Martin, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memory: Children: Gene A. Davis, Jr. (Sonja), Cheryl R.
Ervin, Reginal D. Davis, Sr. (Linda), Eric LaShun Davis, Sr. (Lynnette), James
Gregory Taylor, William Partee, Jr. (Chiquita) and Kevin Lawrence Partee. Sisters:
Mother Sharon E. Etheridge (John), Sandra D. Martin. Brothers: Carl Otis Martin
(Catherine) and Kelvin E. Martin. Eighteen grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 1
great great grandchild and countless other relatives and friends.