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Deacon Tyrone Davis
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Deacon Tyrone
Davis
1944 - 2021
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Obituary for Deacon Tyrone Davis

Deacon Tyrone  Davis
Tyrone Davis was born March 22, 1944, to James Davis and Jessie Bee (Woods) Davis in Washington DC. He was the youngest of three children. His siblings were James Jr. and Patricia Ann. He was an industrious child and during his adolescent years he delivered city newspapers and had lawncare customers that he serviced on weekends. Tyrone (aka, T-Bone) attended McKinley Technical High School in Washington DC, (DC) where he trained in printing management, and was a ROTC officer. He graduated from high school in 1962. After high school Tyrone became an auto mechanic and excelled in his craft. In 1965 He married Vanessa “Bonnie” Kirkland in Washington DC. To that union three daughters were born: Marlene, Carla, and Kathleen.

After several years of family and work life in DC, he was influenced by his brother James and sister-in-law Gloria to move his family to Muskegon, MI in 1973. His fourth daughter Nicole was born in Muskegon to Marian Bradford. In Muskegon he and his brother James were highly praised auto mechanics at the Shell Gas Station in Muskegon Heights. He later found employment with the federal CETA work program, and S. D. Warren Corporation before accepting a job at the Consumers Power Cobb Plant in Muskegon where he worked for nearly 30 years. During his employment at the Cobb Plant, he completed an apprenticeship program with classes at Muskegon Community College and became a journeyman Machinist. He had a creative and mechanical mind and invented a pressure relief valve for the plant generators. His invention was patented by Consumers Energy. He retired in 2006.

Tyrone was raised in the Church of God in Christ. His childhood years were spent at the Kelsey Temple/Temple COGIC in Washington DC. After moving to Muskegon, he attended the Holy Trinity Church of God In Christ, but did not officially join until 1998. His adult baptism was in March 2011 and he was appointed a deacon by his pastor Bishop Nathaniel Wells Jr. He loved the Lord and was an avid student of the Bible. Deacon Tyrone was an active member at Holy Trinity serving as a Sunday School teacher, finance officer, custodian, and maintenance manager. He spent many hours at the church repairing the building and maintaining the grounds, often using his personal funds and equipment. He was a generous financial supporter of Holy Trinity and used his repair skills to help church members and other organizations. For several years he was the on-call repairman for the Fountain Funeral Home.

In the summer of 2014 upon the recommendation of Elder Reedell Holmes, Tyrone was recruited by Janie Brooks to serve as a volunteer fishing teacher with the Club 188 Youth Program at the Mount Zion Church of God in Christ-Muskegon. It was this divine meeting that connected Tyrone and Janie. He proposed to her 7 days later and they married May 2, 2015. Shortly after his marriage he joined her as a member of the Mount Zion Church. He served as a deacon, finance officer and maintenance worker at the ministry under the leadership of Administrative Assistant/Pastor Duane E. Bennett. He was active in the Brotherhood and monthly ministers’ class. For six consecutive summers he taught fishing techniques to 3rd and 4th grade youth until his health began to fail.

Ministry was important to Deacon Tyrone, and he spent many years in morning bible study gatherings at the Bob Evans Restaurant on Apple Avenue. He was a regular patron of that restaurant often meeting his friends Ed Townsend and Keith Carter there for breakfast. He was known for paying the restaurant bills of others and generously tipping his servers. His ministry also included catching, fileting, and distributing fish to senior citizens and others at no charge. He was also known in the community for baking and donating sweet potato pies to individuals, churches and for special occasions. One of his favorite scriptures was Galations 6:4 “But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” KJV.

Deacon Tyrone Davis departed this life on Sunday morning, July 25 at the Harbor Hospice Poppen House- Muskegon. Missing his presence are his wife Janie Brooks-Davis and dog Sasha, former wife Vanessa “Bonnie” Davis; daughters: Marlene (Tony) Tate, Carla Davis, and Kathleen Davis of Grand Rapids, and Nicole (Fonte’) Love of Muskegon; grandchildren: Tyrell Sanders, Marcus Young, Jalen Tate, Natasha Nash, and Joey Dawkins Jr.; great grandsons Aiden, Alexander, Tyrell J., and Israel. He is survived by 6 brothers-in-law and 8 sisters-in-law, nieces Vanessa Partin, Jama Davis, Michelle (Yancey) Harris, and goddaughter/niece Antoinette Allen, several great nephews and nieces; cousins Charles (Romaine) and Barbara Woods, and other family members and close friends including the Bradford sisters, Bruce Vance, Deacon Lee Gilbert and Pastor Arthur Duren.

Preceding him in death were his father James Davis, his mother Jessie Bee Woods Davis, his brother James Davis Jr., and sister Patricia Ann Allen, 3 nieces, several uncles, aunts and grandparents.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: For the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4 KJV
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(231) 728-4200 Fountain Funeral Home
1765 Peck St.
Muskegon, MI 49442
Email: gayle@fountainfuneralhome.us
(231) 728-4200 Fountain Funeral Home
1765 Peck St.
Muskegon, MI 49442
Email: gayle@fountainfuneralhome.us
(231) 728-4200 Fountain Funeral Home
1765 Peck St.
Muskegon, MI 49442
Email: gayle@fountainfuneralhome.us