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The Honorable Judge John Paul Davis
(November 9, 1939 - February 10, 2014)

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The Honorable Judge John Paul Davis

The Honorable Judge John Paul Davis departed this life February 10, 2014, leaving behind a legacy of service to others both publicly and privately. Judge Davis was the epitome of integrity, wisdom, compassion, tolerance and humility. He was born in Bay City, TX, on November 9, 1939, the youngest of four children of Lemon and Opal Davis. He grew up in the heart of South End Community of Bay City and attended Hilliard High School on both the North and South End campuses, graduating in 1958 as an honor student. Judge Davis graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1963, served two years in US Army, worked at Celanese Chemical Company of Bay City and, in 1972, graduated from University of Houston College of Law in Houston, Texas. For the past twenty years, he served as Judge of the Jefferson County Court of Law #3. Judge Davis served as president emeritus of the Hilliard High School Alumni Association, was inducted in the Hilliard High School Hall of Fame, and was named Distinguished Alumni of Bay City Independent School District. He was a life member of the NAACP and recipient of the Beaumont NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also recently named the Martin Luther King Support Group, Inc. Man of the Year for 2014. He was past president and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and was named both the Chapter Omega Man of the Year and Omega Citizen of the Year. Judge Davis was an active and devoted member of Antioch Baptist Church serving faithfully as deacon and on several committees. Judge Davis was preceded in death by his parents Lemon and Opal Davis and his brother James “Sonny” Lockett. Those who will miss his loving nature and words of wisdom include his wife Sharon Diane Dozier-Davis (affectionately known to him as “Apples”); his sister Joe Ann Davis of Bay City, TX, and his brother Alphonse Revis, Sr. of Houston, TX; children, Ruth Davis Young (Eric) of Palacios, TX, Paul Kevin Davis of Fort Worth, TX, John Kelvin Davis (Marcia) of Houston, TX, Kimberly Nicole Davis of Los Angeles, CA; grandchildren: Shatina Haynes, Dedtric Jones, Erica Collins, Tavia Young, Jamie Young, Jeremy Davis, Kevin Jazral Davis; Jordan and Maya Davis (and their mother Kimberly Ross Davis); nine great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Funeral services are Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 10:00 AM at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 3920 W. Cardinal Drive, Beaumont, TX, Rev. John R. Adolph, officiating. A viewing is scheduled for 12 Noon until 5:00 p.m. Friday at Mercy Funeral Home and from 8:00 AM until service time on Saturday. Final resting place will be at Eastview Cemetery, 2401 Golden Avenue, Bay City, TX. Final arrangements are entrusted to Mercy Funeral Home of Beaumont, TX.

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