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June 29, 2000


Oscar Adams Davis, a pastor in Alabama churches for more than 60 years, died June 21. He was 92.

A graduate of Howard College (now Samford University) and Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., Davis first served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Clanton. Following that, he served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Gadsden, for 32 years until his retirement in 1974.

Following his retirement, David served for two winters as pastor of churches in Florida, and served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Rota, Spain.

He also served 18 years as an interim pastor in various churches and was serving as pastor emeritus at First, Gadsden, at the time of his death.

A former president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, Davis served as a teacher in the Howard College Extension Division and at various times as a member of The Alabama Baptist board of directors. He also served as a trustee of Golden Gate Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., and on other agencies and committees of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“Dr. Davis was the best kind of pastor; he had a heart for people,” said James Newell, pastor of First, Gadsden. “He was always available to meet the needs of his flock.

“This is a difficult time for Mrs. Davis and the family, and a tremendous loss to our [First Baptist Church family],” Newell said.


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