James Patrick Davison Sr.
May 28, 1963 ~ December 2, 2023
San Antonio, Texas
Resided in: Schertz, Texas
James Patrick Davison, Sr. was born the third beloved son to Queen Esther Conley and Sylvester Davison on May 28, 1963 in San Antonio, Texas. Gaining his early childhood education through San Antonio’s public school districts, James proudly graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1981.
A natural helper, James was always eager to help his mother and family in any way. As a young boy, he would work hard building his newspaper delivery and soda water businesses. He gravitated to his mother and as she describes, “he was the Clyde to my Bonnie; if there was trouble around, it was going to be me and Patrick.”
Growing up in a loving, Christ-centered home, James accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at an early age. The family attended Childress Memorial Church Of God In Christ in San Antonio, Texas under the leadership of the late Bishop Thaddeus D. Iglehart. Quickly becoming an active family within the congregation, James developed a passion for music, serving as one of the church’s drummers from a young boy through early adulthood. He was also a part of the church’s youth department, Sunday School, youth choir and Young People’s Willing Workers (YPWW). His love for God, his family, and church grew and he remained instrumental within the church as a young adult.
While at Childress Memorial, James met and fell in love with his best friend, Kim Rene Hill. In constant pursuit to make Kim his bride, the couple happily married in 1985. Together, James and Kim raised and cherished their five beautiful children, James Patrick, Jr., Janea Monique, Jessica Monea, Jennifer Marie, and Jasmine Michelle – building a strong legacy that is sure to last for generations to come.
Holding on to their strong foundation and love for Christ and family, James and Kim raised their young family in a Godly home remaining members of the Childress Memorial Church family under the leadership of the late Bishop Samuel E. Iglehart. As an adult, James continued to serve God and his church, serving as a member of the brotherhood, sanctuary choir, kitchen committee, and church maintenance crew. It was not uncommon to see James on the roof top of Childress Memorial’s 901 North Pine building fixing a leak alongside Deacon Murphy Robertson, or for James to be repairing and painting the church walls at the request of his Pastor. However, James found the most pleasure in serving the hundreds of homeless citizens that came to the church every Sunday morning for a hot breakfast. For many years, James would take his oldest daughter, Janea, and work alongside his ‘Godfather’, the late Deacon Williard Hubbard and the brotherhood providing nourishment and salvation to those who came.
Still with the entrepreneurial spirit he developed as little boy, James Patrick quickly found his gifts and talents were within his hands. In 1995, he began JDavison Construction, Inc., serving as project manager and general contractor on projects throughout the city and state. Working many times sun up to sun down, James was a motivated business man, compassionate community leader, and extremely hard worker. Always keeping his family first, James utilized his skills to help support his wife’s passion as well. Supporting not only as a husband, but also as a general contractor, James built his wife’s vision of her childcare building, Kids-R-Delightful Learning Center, which is where James made an impact in the lives of hundreds of children and their families through the many years.
James’ greatest impact, however, was within the lives of his own children. He was very much a ‘hands-on Dad’, coaching his starting five in various sports and activities, attending school rallys and dances, and demonstrating what a true ‘Girl Dad’ is, while setting a fatherly example for his only son. He instilled the importance of God, family, and education within his children. He loved to serve his family and to be ‘needed’ by them – they were his greatest joy.
Life did not come without its challenges, of course. In 2006, James and Kim divorced after 21 years of marriage. But, their devotion never truly faded, and their love story continued when they remarried in 2014.
As James matriculated through life, he never let go of his faith in God. Once he raised his children and reconnected with his life-long love, he joined New Life Church Of God In Christ under the leadership of his older brother Superintendent Kenneth W. Davison, Sr. and then Emmanuel Pentecostal Church Of God In Christ under the leadership of Superintendent Joseph Johnson. During these times of transition, James grew in Christ, becoming a licensed minister and graduating from the T.D. Iglehart School of Ministry under the former Texas Southwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. In most recent years, James continued his journey of salvation, alongside his wife, as frequent worshippers at Praise Cathedral Church of God In Christ (formerly Childress Memorial), under the leadership of Bishop Shelton C. Rhodes.
In addition to attending church, making a difference at Kids-R-Delightful, and spending time with his loved ones, James was always found out on the water, fishing on a boat, or playing a game of cards or dominoes. However, he was most content grilling on a bar-b-que pit. Pat was the BAR-B-QUE MASTER! He didn’t just love to cook, but he had a passion for bar-b-que. It was his goal to bring a smile to everyone who tasted his food. It wasn’t uncommon for him to introduce a new food item from ‘the pit’ at any given family gathering. It was simply one of the many ways he showed his love for those around him.
On Saturday afternoon, December 2nd, 2023, while enjoying time with his family in the beautiful waters of Lake Travis, James Patrick Davison, Sr. received his crown of glory. God being most merciful and masterful, He allowed James to depart from this earth doing exactly what he loved with who he loved. With his grandchildren in his protective and loving arms, and his wife and children by his side, he made the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life to save the life of those he loved most.
James is preceded in death by his brother, David Earl Davison; Mother-in-law, Charlotte Esther Stone Hill; and Nephew, Tharon Lee Davison.
Remaining to celebrate his life and carry out the legacy of James Patrick Davison, Sr. is his loving mother, Queen Esther Davison of San Antonio, Texas; Father, Sylvester Davison of San Francisco, California; Cherished wife and best friend for over 30 years, Kim Rene Davison; Son, James Patrick Davison, Jr. (Erica); Daughters Janea Monea Lampkin (Fred, Jr.), Jessica Monea Davison (Jabali), Jennifer Marie Blackwell (Hakim), all of San Antonio, Texas, and Jasmine Michelle Davison of Dallas, Texas; Grandchildren, Jamyia Davison, Jamila (Millie) Lampkin, Fred (Juju) Lampkin, III, Jazmariah Davison, Jaylene Davison, Jyzelle Davison, Jaliyah Davison, Ameer Manasseh Blackwell, and one additional grandson on the way, Josiah Alprough; Brothers, Kenneth Wayne Davison, Sr. (Sallie) and John Christopher Davison (Adrianne) both of San Antonio, Texas; In addition to a large host of beloved family and close friends that include brother-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, coworkers, community members, and church family.