Burtis Lamar Davis January 28, 1962 ~ December 4, 2012

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, God’s angel of mercy came down and carried Musician, Burtis Lamar Davis home to play for the Heavenly Choir.

Burtis Lamar Davis was born January 28, 1962 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Sebon Davis and Nettie Lovelady Davis.

At an early age, Lamar joined Allen AME Church in Philadelphia PA.  Lamar loved music and because of his musical gifts and talents, he played all over Northwest Arkansas and the United States. He played for several well known bands and singers including, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Patty Labelle,  Tina Marie, Children of Love from Birmingham Alabama, and Arkansas Mass Choir to name a few.   He recorded and produced many singers through his record label RTW Productions as well as many other record labels including Soulful Sounds of Arkansas.  He shared his gifts unselfishly and played for different occasions such as gospel, community service and jazz events. His melodies and rhythms were sweet to the ear and precious to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

After moving from Pennsylvania to Mississippi, he continued the Christian journey by becoming a faithful musician at Mt. Mariah Missionary Baptist Church in Pulaski Mississippi (Rev. Edward Hightower, Pastor) and also a musician at White Stone Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence, Mississippi (Apostle Everett Heidelberg, Pastor).  Upon moving from Mississippi to Fayetteville Arkansas, he became a member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas where he became an active member and continued to faithfully serve as a dedicated musician, faithful servant with the Men’s Ministry and Sunday School.

Lamar was a very loving, kindhearted, cheerful and supportive person who had a positive and encouraging word for everyone; even when giving correct guidance,  he still would keep them laughing and smiling.

He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Maude Davis; his mother, Nettie Davis of Yeadon, PA; step-mother, Eva Davis of Goose Creek, SC; four beloved children, Richard, Cody, Shelvis and Aisha all of Fayetteville; two beloved brothers, Eddie Davis of Phoenix, AZ and Talarico Davis of Goose Creek, SC; three beloved sisters, Michelle Davis, Carly Davis, Sharon Jenkins all of Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Camren and Shelvis of Arkansas; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will forever cherish her memories. His brother Michael Davis preceded him in death

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    Tom & Vicky Harp » 05. Dec, 2012

    We are praying that God will wrap his loving arms around the family of Lamar and hold them all close during this time of grief. Lamar’s walk with GOD was so obvious to us and it was an Honor and Privelege to have known him…

    Matthew Brizzi » 06. Dec, 2012

    Summers won’t be the same without the sweetest next-door neighbor I’ve ever had. Lamar always brightened my day and gave me a good laugh as we lamented the hardship of lawn maintenance in 100-degree-plus temperatures. Rest in peace, Lamar.

    Susan McCleland » 07. Dec, 2012

    I loved working with Lamar. He was and will remain to me a true gentleman. Maude, I am praying that your faith takes you and your family through this most difficult time and that it might comfort you in some way to realize the impact he had on so many people. We are all saddened by his loss but feel extremely blessed that he was in our lives.

    William Bland » 07. Dec, 2012

    Lamar was one of the kindest souls I ever met. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Rest in Peace.

    Kaye Hoggard » 07. Dec, 2012

    I’m deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful next-door neighbor. Always friendly & happy. I will miss him. Sending prayers to his family. And please let us know if we can help you in any way.

    Sissy Rogers » 07. Dec, 2012

    Miss Davis, my father just told me last night about Lamar. I know that Leslie, Glenn and Michael knew of Lamar’s passing, so I suspect they intentionally did not tell me until now; because I have a very rare blood disease and have been in poor health myself,

    Still, I loved Lamar and I loved your family. I live in Havertown and would love to come by and give you a hug. Please let me know when that might be possible. 215.813-7284.