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Larnell Kevin Davis, Sr., “Lonnie”

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Larnell Kevin Davis, Sr., “Lonnie”

Place of birth: Galveston, Texas

Religious affiliation: Christian

Larnell Kevin Davis, Sr., affectionately known as “Lonnie,” was born May 24, 1952, in Galveston, Texas, but moved to Oakland, California at the age of three months with his parents, Earl Davis, Sr. (deceased) and Lottie Mae Valrey. Receiving his education through the Oakland Unified School District, Lonnie was active in sports, an interest which followed him throughout his life. Everyone who knew Lonnie was aware of his passion for football, and his devotion to the Oakland Raiders. But his greatest devotion was to God and his family. Lonnie accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior when he became an adult, and was always ready to share the Word with anyone willing to listen. He had an amazing testimony, and never hesitated to praise God for bringing him through every challenge. Lonnie adored his family members, and truly cherished his relationships with each of them. He was overjoyed to have found his soulmate, Flora, and spent the last eleven years building their life together, joining their two families into one. He passed away, peacefully, on Sunday, December 11, 2016, after a year-long battle with liver cancer.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Flora Thomas-Davis; his children, Ishea Monique Davis-Wardy (Raymond), Larnell Kevin Davis, Jr. (Jackie), and Valerie Jeneen Davis; his step-children, Allen Richard Brown, Sr. and Darrel Jerome Brown; his grandchildren, Jerica Shanice Binns, Jerelle Martice Binns, and Jerald Mitchell Binns, his great grand child, Nahla Aubrey Roberson; his step-grandchildren, Samara Nicole Preston, Allen Richard Brown, Jr., and Zoe’ Allison Brown; his mother, Lottie Mae Valrey; his sisters, Sandra Davis-Smith and Donna Kay Davis; his brother, Raymond Davis, Sr. (Shirl); and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

We will honor my Lonnie’s memory with two services.

His Family Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., at the Mt. Herman Baptist Church, Hwy. 1, Lena, LA 71447. Friends are welcome to come.

His second service, A Home-going Celebration, will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at his church home, Jubilee Christian Center, 14595 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70819. We are inviting all of our family and friends to come and help us celebrate his undying faith, a faith he expressed up until he could no longer speak.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Christ’s Way Center (P. O. Box 4261 Baton Rouge, LA 70821), http://www.christswayacademy.org, which he co-founded with his wife, Flora.

Funeral Notice Detail

When diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in October 2015, and then liver cancer in November 2015, Lonnie decided he would fight. And he did just that, with every fiber of his being. While many succumb within months of the same diagnosis, Lonnie pressed on, even working until the end of September 2016 when his doctors told him he could no longer drive trucks due to his failing health. Throughout the numerous hospitalizations in October and November, he fought to maintain his independence, because he was determined to not be defined by his illness. He was determined to not allow it to take his joy, alter his personality, or prevent him from living his God granted life. He fought valiantly until the end. Although God's Will was to bring him home, Lonnie won his battle. He's an inspiration to those of us left behind to remember him.

A Memorial Service will be held at

Jubilee Christian Center

14595 Florida Blvd.

Baton Rouge , LA 70819

On: Jan 07, 2017 — At: 11:00 AM

2 Responses

  • Flora Davis On

    To our faithful, unwaveringly supportive family and friends: Thank you feels too inadequate an expression for the love, prayers and support you’ve given to Lonnie and me since this journey began a year ago, culminating with his going home to God a week ago. He was so grateful to you all, and couldn’t believe how you rallied behind him. He said “your friends must love you because they love me, too.” He often said it was your prayers that got him as far as he went. God truly blessed us to be surrounded by fellow believers…true believers, who never hesitated to go to God in prayer on our behalf. I love you all, and will forever be grateful. Thank you! God bless you!

  • Marie Gravesande On

    My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Davis. ‘May, our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loves us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope, comfort your heart and make you firm’ in your grief and recovery. 2 Thessalonians 2: 16,17

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