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Revival Turns to Remembrance for Slain Durham Deacon

Posted September 27, 2007

— A weeklong spiritual celebration at a Durham church turned on Thursday into a time of remembrance and mourning for a slain deacon.

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church dedicated this week of revival services to the memory of longtime deacon Charles Davis, 89, who was found dead in his home in the Bragtown community on Wednesday night.

"He was like a father to me," Mount Olive's pastor, Rev. James Freeman, said. "Every time I went to him for anything, he was willing to see my vision and listen to me when I shared my vision with him."

Investigators were in Bragtown, knocking on doors, stopping cars and talking to residents to get information. They said they planned to be on the scene again on Friday.

Sources told WRAL Davis was stabbed to death in his home at 2913 Nellowood St. Investigators said the perpetrators stole Davis' car and were spotted Thursday morning, but ditched the car and ran into woods.

WRAL has learned investigators were able to lift some forensic evidence from Davis' car. A rash of break-ins have recently been reported in the neighborhood, but officials were not saying if they're connected to the slaying.

Neighbors said they remembered Davis out in his yard, working with his flowers and plants.

At Mount Olive's Thursday evening service, there was not a dry eye in the church, where Davis' 89th birthday was celebrated two weeks ago.

"I will miss him praying a lot on Sunday morning, because Pastor would call him in sometimes to pray," associate pastor Bessie Davis said.

One church member said Davis was a "child of God," and his presence would always be felt at Mount Olive.

"When he prayed, he opened up the heavens, I do believe," church member William Spears said.


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  • Gandalf The White Sep 28, 2007

    Young, middle aged, elderly, white, black or whatever ethnicity, everyone of those victims’ that has been murdered by these lowlife scum buckets in society were just that - victims. These animals don't care who they kill. Until they actually have true fear in them concerning their actions this will not stop. I am sorry for every single family’s loss when it comes to these senseless murders. Enough is enough. As a previous poster mentioned it is time for every law abiding citizen to help take back the streets and communities they live in.

  • mramorak Sep 28, 2007

    Im so sorry for your loss,i will be praying for you and your family.

  • Meandmytwo Sep 28, 2007

    Praying for the family. I also pray that they get these killers off the street soon.

  • LadiT Sep 28, 2007

    Well put Concerned....

    Keeping His Family in my prayers! May God lead police to the crimnal who did this terrible crime!


  • The Fox Sep 28, 2007

    My prayers to Mr. Davis' family and friends.

    Where do these packs of animals keep coming from? It seens the LEO's are picking them up 4 to 5 at a time with every crime. Why are peoples lives tossed away over stealing things? May the potential thugs-to-be consider Mr. Davis' life and hopefully emulate it.

  • godsholypoet Sep 28, 2007

    May God wrap His loving arms around Mr. Davis family and be comforted knowing he is with God.

  • Concerned Sep 28, 2007

    This community and other communities across the Nation need to come together and stop the violence that is tearing the communities apart seemingly on a daily basis. Folks need to take back their communities and send a clear message that this violence will no longer be tolerated anymore, I don't care if its your brother, sister, mother, father, cousin, or friends, who are commiting these terrible violent acts against our citizens. The communities need to partnership with law enforcement and bring these criminals to justice. If there is no meritorium on this issue, this will continue to happen. Who will be the next "Deacon Charles Davis", STOP THE MADNESS!

  • bigdaddy13 Sep 28, 2007

    Did not know the old guy. He didn't deserve this. Maybe the officer that captures these animals feels that he is in danger and responds in kind.

  • duster 340 Sep 28, 2007

    This is sad.
    How he is in God arms and no one can hurt him again!!

  • militarywife84 Sep 28, 2007

    My prayers go out to the family, friends, and community. You just never know.