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Lonnie Cedric Davis was born on October 23, 1949, in New Orleans Louisiana to Adeline and Moses Davis, Sr. He had 7 brothers and 2 sisters. He migrated to Los Angeles, CA at the age of 13 with his mother. He served his country in the Army out of high school, where he earned the following decorations: National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Jumper Badge, and Expert Shooter. He then began working in the construction industry building and remodeling homes and highways. He later married Shelia Davis and they were together for 20 years. He had 5 children: Calvin, Shelonda, Felicia, Michelle, and Lonnie C, deceased.
In 1977, Lonnie had a tragic accident while working. He fell 10 stories into a pile of tools. Surviving this fall, attests to the strength and fight he had within. He was determined to fight for what he felt was right throughout his life. He later returned to school, inspired to earn his AA degree as a Respiratory Therapist to help personally care for his child who had Chronic Asthma. After maintaining this illness under control, he went back to his love for building homes and construction work.
He transitioned to Seattle in 1986, where he joined Mt Zion Baptist Church and was baptized shortly thereafter. You could find him in bible study debating over scriptures on many occasions.
Lonnie was a father figure to several young men and women in the community; often called Daddy, Mr. D, or Mr. Davis by several. He hired and trained several youth in construction and guided them from “staying out of trouble”. He encouraged multiple to go to college, obtain a career, and achieve success in life overall. He helped several to pay rent, buy homes, cover expenses, and just guide them (or talk with them) until times were better. He had a huge heart.
Lonnie retired at age 49, after needing a mental break from the passing of his x-wife, baby boy, and first grandson. A few years later he again went back to his passion for remodeling homes. Some notable work that was completed by Lonnie. He built his Mother’s house from the ground up with his Uncle, remodeled his own home and a multitude of others, worked on the team to build Bill Gates home, and several bridges within Seattle to name a few.
He had a huge love for life and lived it to the fullest. While in Los Angeles, he was in a Low Rider car club, and won several awards for the hottest vehicle in LA. Some of his other favorite hobbies were: playing spades, dominoes, having fun at the casinos, driving his Cadillac on multiple road trips, cooking his favorite meals (he loved to eat), hanging or talking with friends/family or as we all know ‘dancing all night’ (you typically had to run from him to get away).
Lonnie was a private man and after his mother passed in 2017 he became ill, which he kept from many. He wanted to be remembered for his strength and independence. After six years, his fight came to an end.
Lonnie passed into Perfect Peace on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Preceding him in death were his mother (Adeline Williams), father (Moses Davis, Sr.), wife, (Shelia Davis), son (Lonnie C Davis), and brother (Maurice Lee Davis).
Those loved ones remaining to cherish his memory include his children: Calvin (Ruth) Davis, Shelonda Prince, Felicia (Gilroy) Smith, and Michelle Davis. Son in Laws: Mark Prince and Kwamaar Brown; Grandchildren: Techelle Chapman, Telicia Porter, Tyler Davis, Asante Seraile, Ayanna Prince, Azariah Prince, Kwamee Brown, Jaylan Davis, and Tristan Smith. Brothers: Moses, Jr, Anthony, Garland (Donna), Jeffrey (Merri), Marlon (Lillie), and Tyrone (Cathy). Sisters: Derlylia Hollis and Tracey Davis. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and adopted children who consider him Dad
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