This site is to honor the life and legacy of Mother Edlena Davis, who went home to be with the Lord in the early morning of October 3rd, 2020. 

A Virtual Home Going Service for her was held on Saturday, October 10th, 2020 @ 5:00Pm EST, and is available for viewing in the video box below.  

Please be sure to fill out our guest book/form to let the family know you watched the memorial.  That would mean so much!

Play Video
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Mother Edlena Davis is laid to rest with her husband, Malkiah Davis Jr., at:

Jefferson Barracks Cemetery

St. Louis, MO
  • Mortuary Services Entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Center
Order of Service

Prayer – Apostle Glenda Sutton – Family Affair Ministries – Nashville, TN

Scripture – Rev. Dion Randolph – All Saints Southern Baptist Church – St. Louis, Missouri

Song – Favorite Gospel Artist – Shirley Caesar – “I Feel Like Praising Him”

Special Memories – Son in Love – Minister Brandon Patterson – Kings Mountain, North Carolina

Words of Comfort/Condolences – Sis. Siara Montgomery – Grace Church – St. Louis, Missouri

Obituary Presentation – Patterson Family – Kings Mountain, North Carolina

Special Tribute & Praise Dance – Granddaughter Kalia Patterson – “Changed”

Eulogy – Rev. Danyale Patterson (Daughter) Enlighten Ministries – Kings Mountain, North Carolina

– Committal & Benediction –


“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” - Psalm 116:15

Mama, Grandma, Sis., Auntie, and Mother – Edlena Davis – was born a beautiful, vivacious baby girl on February 26, 1931. Little did her parents know that this baby girl of the small town of Muskogee, Oklahoma would be the caregiver of several family members. First, she was in charge of taking care of her paternal grandmother at the tender age of 8 or 9 years old. Then, her mother, Mary Jones Reed became ill and passed when Edlena was 17 years old. Later, she moved to St. Louis, Missouri and served her Aunt Roxy when her health failed. She was by her side until she took her last breath. In addition, she assisted her sister Delitha Reed Russell when she became sick and helped her raise 12 birth children, including 4 sets of twins. Finally, her father, James Marshall Reed moved to St. Louis to live with her when he had a stroke. She nursed him back to health and he lived with her for 3 years until he passed at 83 years old.

On May 29, 1969, she was united in Holy Matrimony to the love of her life Malkiah Davis Jr. and celebrated 42 years of marriage. Through this union Danyale Charlene Davis was born. Edlena also embraced and raised as her son Darrell T. Dickerson. She was a faithful, loving wife, mother, and homemaker. She also enjoyed babysitting children and taking care of her dogs.

Mother Davis received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In St. Louis, Missouri she joined Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. F.K. Trussell. Later, she followed him to All Saints Southern Baptist Church, and continued attending when he passed the mantle to Rev. Mack Robinson. She served faithfully in a variety of capacities as a Sunday School & Bible class teacher, usher, food pantry outreach coordinator, Mother Board member, and much more. Whatever she found her hands to do, she did it heartily as unto the Lord. Also, she was a praying woman and actively prayed throughout the day. She loved to read her Bible and recite her favorite scriptures from memory: Psalm 23, John 3:16, and the Lord’s Prayer.

One of Mother Davis’ most powerful testimonies is after 18 operations and 12 years of dialysis, she received a kidney transplant. The doctors told her that on average, kidneys from a deceased donor usually last around 10 years. However, immediately after her surgery, she began telling everyone, “God gave me this kidney, and nothing will ever happen to it!” This year her kidney was 27 years old. It never failed, because God does NOT fail!! He is faithful!! Doctors were always amazed each time they evaluated her. We continue to give God praise for all he has done!

Although she was a caregiver, she never wanted anyone to take care of her. She would say, “I don’t want to be a burden.” However, she wasn’t a burden. When her legs would no longer function properly, she allowed her daughter, son-in-love, and granddaughter the privilege of loving on her and spending time with her. She relocated to Kings Mountain, NC in November of 2019 and spent a full year being entertained, served, and honored by her loving family. She experienced many celebrations, and enjoyed a stunning view of nature. She loved watching the cows and various wildlife, and was highly entertained by her granddaughter. This includes playing with slime, watching Perry Mason reruns, manicures and pedicures, etc. She would thank them daily for taking care of her like she took care of so many others. She prayed special blessings over them daily.

Before her final transition from this life to eternity, she exclaimed, “Basically everyone I know is already in heaven except me! I am ready to go home.” When she became weak and dehydrated, she refused to eat or drink and was adamant about people not trying to keep her here. She departed peacefully at home early Saturday morning on October 3, 2020 around 1:11am, surrounded by her loving family and the sounds of praise and worship music. Her parents, husband, siblings- Curtis Reed and, Delitha Russell Reed, pastors and many others preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memory, 2 children – Danyale Patterson (Brandon) Darrell T. Dickerson; 2 grandchildren – Kalia Patterson, Shakena Wallace; One Best friend, Delores Verner, All Saints Southern Baptist Church family, a host of nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives & friends.


" Mama "

Before God formed me in your womb, He decided to send me to a place where there would be no gloom.

This was part of God’s perfect plan, to put me with a special person, into loving hands.

From that day, we began an adventurous walk, accumulating wonderful memories and many late talks.

You built up my self-esteem during my adolescent years. You gave me the confidence to overcome my fears.

Even with my faults, you encouraged me to overcome every test. You instilled values in me and taught me to never settle for less.

Thanks for shielding me. Thank you for the switches. Discipline and training kept me from various pitfalls and ditches.

You laid the foundation of the B-I-B-L-E.  Yes, I found out that Jesus is the one for me.

Everything that is good in me and everything I have become is because of your prayers, wisdom, and all you have done.

Mother, you are a priceless gift, given from above. Thank you for your sacrifices and unconditional love.

You have been through a lot and traveled a rough road. But with God’s help, you came out as pure gold.

I honor you as God’s diamond, shining bright. I admire you for being a strong, virtuous woman who is full of his light.

I give God praise for giving me his best, Now dear Mother, enter into His rest.

Love your daughter, Danyale – October 3, 2020

" You Are "

Love, your granddaughter – Kalia


Guestbook / Sign-In

For The Family

If you’d like to give the family condolences, cards, flowers, financial gifts, or any other love gift – then please send those items to the address below.

The Patterson Family

403 Patterson Road

Kings Mountain, NC 28086