Necie Jean Powell Davis was born into this life on December 20, 1947 in Stephens, Arkansas to the union of Isiah and Mattie B. Walker Powell. Her sweet life came to a close on Monday, February 17, 2020.
Necie accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Antioch Baptist Church. Later in life and after moving to Arkadelphia, she united with St. Paul AME Church and attended the Missionary Sunday school class. God’s presence was inherent in her very being. She sought His wisdom on a daily basis and because of this, all who knew her came seeking understanding. Some may not have known that her wisdom came directly from God, but what they did know was that her wisdom was pure; loving; considerate; impartial and sincere.
In 1964, she met and married Mitchell Davis Sr. of Camden, Arkansas. Unto this union three children were born. Next to her passion for Christ, her passion for her family was at the core of her very being. She selflessly gave every day of her life to facilitate the bonds of strength, love and resilience in both her marriage and her children. It is because of Necie her family has endured both the joys and trials of life on this side of heaven. The bond of their love is never failing, eternal and unconditional.
Aside from reading her Bible and tending to her family, you would often find Necie reading medical journals, watching old Westerns or Wheel of Fortune. Ask anyone and they will tell you stories of how she either knew more than the doctors or how they would get caught up binging on Westerns or laughing together while watching Wheel of Fortune!
Necie was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Davis Sr.; two grandchildren, Adrian Scott and Stefone Buckley-Davis; two sisters, Frances Powell and Ellen Jewel Powell Lee; six brothers, Rodell Powell, Anthon Jewel Powell, Willie Lee Morehead, Sr., Phillip Powell, Nathaniel Powell and Isiah Powell, Jr.
She is survived by her three children, Minister Mitchell Davis Jr. (Teresa) of Bryant, AR, Cynthia M. Young (Lee) of Arkadelphia, AR and COL Vernon Davis (Daphne) of Fort Bragg, NC; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. She also leaves five sisters, Velma Jean Morehead Jones of Stephens, AR, Mattie Mae Powell Watson and Marilyn Poole of Arkadelphia, AR, Carolyn Lynn Williams (Reginald) of Little Rock, AR and Edith Cornelius of Camden, AR; brothers, Joe Louis Morehead of Los Angeles, CA, Edward Morehead (Alean), Johnnie Powell, Sr. (Patsy), and Jimmie Powell, Sr. (Norma) of Camden, AR, Stanley Powell, Sr., of Arkadelphia, AR, and Elder Calvin Powell, Sr. (Emma Jean) of Stephens, AR; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Morehead and Margie Powell, as well as, numerous nieces and nephews.
The family hour will be at St. Paul AME Church on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and the public visitation beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A celebration of her life will be shared at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Antioch Baptist Church, 3024 Hwy 57, Stephens, AR.