Ms. Martina Noel Davis-Correia, 44, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Candler Hospital. She was a native of Savannah, GA and attended the Savannah-Chatham Public Schools. She was a 1985 graduate of Windsor Forest High School. After high school she joined the United States Army where she graduated from the U.S Army Combat Medical Specialist School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in the top 2% of her class. She furthered her education with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Nursing from Baylor University in Texas. After extensive studies in various military schools and trainings from around the country, Martina attended many military specialty schools to include Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare and Medicine and various leadership academies during her 13 years of active military duty and eight years as an Army Reservist. Martina is also a veteran of the Desert Shield/Desert Storm Gulf War Era and served in Haiti, Germany, Costa Rica, Belgium, Somalia, Bolivia and various other bases around the United States including Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. Post active duty, Martina worked in Savannah in various medical capacities including Lab Manager at OB/GYN Associates. Martina was President of the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer, a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Chair of Amnesty International USA’s (AIUSA). Martina held a national volunteer position with the largest section of the world’s largest International Human Rights Organization, Amnesty International USA; Program to Abolish the Death Penalty’s (PADP) National Steering Committee ((NSC). Martina was a member of AIUSA’s National Steering Committee for the National Weekend of Faith in Action (NWFA), religious organizing against the death penalty; State Death Penalty Abolitionist Coordinator (SDPAC) for the State of Georgia; Board of Directors for Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP); member of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP), Board member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty; member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and worked closely with Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation and Murder Victim Families for Human Rights (MVFR and MVFRHR). From 1999 to 2005 Martina was the Chair of Georgia CURE (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants) a state?wide component of National CURE which focuses on Excessive Sentencing, Mental Illness, Recidivism, Prisoner Abuse, Incarcerated Veterans, the Death Penalty and Prisoner Family Support. She was also a steering committee and organizing member of Left Behind, a Black Male Initiative and grassroots organization in Savannah, Georgia that fights against racial discrimination, unfair punishment and quality education for young black males in the public school system. Martina spent time volunteering throughout the city and in the public school system offering ways to improve education, to reduce crime and racism within the City of Savannah. She also coached basketball and baseball in the Savannah area with the YMCA and served as a mentor to young athletes. Martina was also a member of the Interracial Interfaith Community of Savannah and served on the Civil Rights Planning Committee in Savannah. She was a member of New Life Apostolic Temple. Martina was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Lester Davis in January 3, 1992; mother, Virginia Roberts Davis, April 12, 2011; and brother, Troy Anthony Davis, September 21, 2011. She leaves to cherish her memories her extraordinary son, Antone’ Dejaun Davis-Correia; adopted son, Ricardo Chambers; dedicated sisters, Kimberly Davis and Ebony Davis; Shirley Davis-Logan (Dewayne); nurturing brother, Lester Davis; Willie Jones (Vivian), Joseph Davis (Mary), Ronald Davis (Cynthia), Willie Davis; charming niece, Kiersten Herron; adopted brother Earl Redmond (Tomika), God-daughters, Lynn Lee Stewart and Ryanne Franklin, God-son: Evan King; special friend, Trevor Ferguson; other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Temple of Glory Community Church, 1005 Stiles Ave., Savannah, GA. Bishop Matthew Odum, Pastor. Elder John Anderson Sr., Officiating. Interment ~ Magnolia Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 6-8 pm Friday at New Life Apostolic Temple, 2120 Bay St., Savannah, GA.