Reverend Norman Thomas Davis 84 of Apex, NC passed Friday, December 4, 2020. Funeral services for Rev. Norman T. Davis will be as follows: On Friday, December 11, 2020 there will be a public viewing from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Apex, NC located on 581 New Hope Church Rd. On Saturday, December 12, 2020 there will be a graveside service at 11:00 AM at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery located on 130 Alstonville Rd. Apex, NC. Because of COVID-19 there will not be a viewing or visitation at Albright Funeral Home.
For I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:6-7
NORMAN THOMAS DAVIS, born on July 2, 1936 was the third of six children born to the late Rev. P. G. Davis and Bettie Garnes Davis. He entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 4, 2020 at his home. He was preceded in death by a brother Timothy “Temp” Davis and a sister Mary Caldwell.
Rev. Davis received his early education in the Warren County Public Schools, graduating from John R. Hawkins High School in 1954. After receiving the call to preach the Gospel, he enrolled in Shaw Divinity School and graduated in 1982.
At a very tender age, he gave his life to Christ and joined Edwards Grove Missionary Baptist (now Union Grove Missionary Baptist) in Warrenton, NC. That is where he began his spiritual walk with the Lord and received his early Biblical training. He was a great supporter of Sunday School and believed that all churches should have Sunday School as a part of the foundation for Christian education. Union Grove is where he was ordained as a Deacon. He moved to Chatham County and joined New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in 1971 under the Rev. C. P. Briley. He preached his Initial Sermon in July 1976 and was called to Pastor Bazzel Creek Missionary Baptist church in Fuquay-Varina, NC in February 1977. He served as pastor of Bazzel Creek for 27½ years.
On August 22, 1956 he was married to Juanita Barbee. They were the proud parents of three children Elaine, Shree and Wayne.
Rev. Davis was very active in service to God and mankind. His service included the following: President of the New Hope Union, Moderator of the New Hope Association, Treasurer of ICFC, Third and Fourth Vice President of the General Baptist State Convention, member of the General Board of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention and General Board of General Baptist State Convention. After retiring from Pastoring he served as Interim Pastor at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, NC; Sweet Gum Grove Baptist Church in Caswell County, NC; Eastern Star Baptist Church in Tarboro, NC; Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church and Mt Zoar Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC and New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Apex, NC (Chatham County). On June 10, 2014 he was called as Pastor of Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC where he served until God called him home. He was a dynamic leader and continued to share God’s vision for the Mt. Zoar Church Family. The church grew spiritually and financially. Under his leadership the Deacons Ministry was reorganized and three new Deacons were ordained. The Trustee Ministry was also increased. He received numerous awards from the General Baptist State Convention, the Lott Carey Convention, Shaw Divinity School, IBM and UNC Hospital for his untiring service. He was the Past Master of Mount Olive Lodge #36 – Chapel Hill and a member of Randolph Chapter #185 OES – Chapel Hill. And he served as President of the Central Children’s Home Board of Directors in Oxford, NC.
He was employed for more than 20 years as a Food Service Supervisor at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. He retired in 1992 as Food Service Manager at IBM in the Research Triangle.
He leaves to cherish loving memories his wife of 64 years, Juanita Davis; two daughters Elaine Johnson of Henderson, NC; Shree Davis of Apex, NC and Wayne Davis and wife Diana of Knightdale, NC; two sisters Carrie Bynum of Chapel Hill, NC and Constance Williams of New Port News, VA and one brother Kenneth Davis and wife Elizabeth of Chapel Hill, NC; two sisters-in-law Betty Cole and Joyce Baldwin of Apex, NC; one brother-in-law, Hilliard Caldwell of Glynn, LA, nine grandchildren and seven great-grand-children and a host of other relatives and friends.
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