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Beverly J. Davis, Jr. papers

Beverly J. Davis, Jr. papers, 1936-1987
Beverly J. Davis, Jr. papers
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  • Papers, 1936-1987, of Rev. Beverly J. Davis, Jr. (1921-1991), of Richmond, Virginia, while he served as pastor at various churches in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Churches represented in the collection include Beulah, Bishop Memorial, Central, Kenwood, Mount Hermon, Phoebus, and Watson Memorial, and also charges including Buckingham, Caroline, Chatham, New Kent, and Warren-Riverton
  • Includes board minutes, budgets, church bulletins, committee reports, correspondence, directories, histories, lists of officers, mailings, membership lists, newsletters, programs, quarterly conference reports, and sermons and writings. The earliest material in the collection is coursework while Davis was a student at Randolph-Macon College, Emory University, and Union Theological Seminary
  • The collection also contains materials relating to Davis' other interests, and those of his wife Conna Lawhead Davis (1924-1985), including trains and model railroading, stamps, home workshop ideas, handcrafts, Sunday School lessons, souvenirs from their honeymoon in New York City and Philadelphia in 1947, a social column written by Conna Davis for the Farmville Herald, and her continuing education coursework
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Beverly James Davis, Jr. was born in Dendron, Surry County, Virginia on 4 May 1921. The family settled in Richmond, where Davis graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1942. He then began his divinity studies at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. His education was interrupted when he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, and served as a chaplain's assistant in the Aleutian Islands. Following the war, he returned to Richmond and enrolled at Union Theological Seminary. Rev. Davis served various pastorates in 22 churches and 12 charges over the course of his 42 year career. He was also assistant secretary of the Virginia Conference and editor of the Conference Journal. He married Conna Louise Lawhead (1924-1985) in 1947. Rev. Davis died in Richmond on 25 December 1991, and is buried in Maury Cemetery.
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Beverly J. Davis, Jr. papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Davis, Jim
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