Life Story / Obituary
Vernice Davis was born on November 13th, 1921 to the late Margaret Thomas-Jones and Robert Davis in Helena AR. Both parents, brother Freddie Watts, husband, Elder Floyd Howard, son-in-law, Willie Sipp, 4 great grandchildren, Tabian, DeShawn, Damien Jr and Tamela all preceded her in death.
Vernice worked as a caregiver for many years spreading love to all whom she encountered. Vernice was educated by the Arkansas school system. Vernice confessed a hope in Christ at an early age by joining the King Solomon Church in Helena, AR. Vernice met and married Elder Floyd Howard on August 11, 1941, and were happily married for 73 years. To this union 3 children were born. Elder Floyd Howard and Vernice moved to Chicago in 1956 where they joined Wesley Chapel Spiritual Church and Holy Temple Baptist Church. Vernice and Elder Floyd Howard later moved their membership to the Upper Room Spiriyual Church under the leadership of the late Bishop Mary Thatch serving on the Pastor Aide Club and as an Ordained Missionary where she constantly prayed and visited the sick and shut-ins. Vernice later moved to the Freedom Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Craig Smith where she served faithfully until her health failed. Vernice and Elder Floyd Howard moved to Wisconsin where they joined Faith Christian Fellowship under the leadership of Apostle Sheila D. Nienhaus. Vernice served as a loyal member of the eastern Star Supreme Grand Chapter, beginning her journey with the organization in September of 1975. Vernice earned her certification for the Queen of the South and later served as The Worthy Matron.
Vernice leaves to cherish her loving memory, 3 daughters, Verna (Willie) Sipp, Florida (Jimmy) Gardner and Frances Dolley-Hinton; 16 grandchildren; 64 great grandchildren; 53 great- great grandchildren; 15 great- great- great grandchildren; 3 special cousins, Henry Thomas, James Johnson Jr. and Lucy Mae Hamilton; 4 God Children, Terry (Mario) Truitt-Calhoun, Nora Mitchel, Dorothy Taylor and Ora Lomack; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Vernice was loved and blessed by all she came in contact with, especially Brach’s Candy Company.