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Official Obituary of

Erma Jean (Reese) Davis

September 18, 1952 ~ March 6, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Erma Davis Obituary

The Soviet Union vetoes Japan’s application for membership in the United Nations on Thursday, September 18, 1952; the 262nd  day of the year. Republican, Dwight D. Eisenhower was serving as America’s  34th President of the USA.

Meanwhile in Winona, Texas, the Reese Household preparations had been in full effect and were about to come to fruition as the family prepared for the birth and arrival of their second child.  

Mr. Douglas and Mrs. Ruby Faye Reese (Jean’s parents) welcomed a beautiful, brown-skinned little girl. They decided to name their baby girl and bundle of joy, Erma Jean. We are not sure if her parents knew what her name meant. Erma Jean means “Complete” “God is gracious” “Gift from God.”

Jean was raised in Winona, Texas where she attended Church of Christ under the pastoral care of Pastor Kermit Nixon. Jean’s love for God and her heart for service led her to accept Christ at an early age.

Jean attended public school in Tyler, Texas. She received her early childhood education in Gladewater, Texas. Because of Jean’s love for children and her hope to see them succeed in life; Jean made the decision to attend San Diego Community College in San Diego, California where she obtained her degree in Childhood Development.

Jean and Archie Davis Jr. of Benton Harbor, Michigan started out as pen pals. Their relationship turned into a love story through letter writing. Archie finally got the nerves to fly to San Diego, California to meet who would become his future wife.

Solomon writes, “The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD” (Proverbs 18:22 NLT).

When Jean met her life partner, the love of her life, Archie Davis Jr.; their love for one another was like no other. On July 20, 1987, they were united in Holy Matrimony. This union created a blended family of two sons, John L. Reese and Cedric DeWayne Reese, and one daughter, La’Quesia Renea Reese-Hesters, twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Jean and Archie celebrated 36 years of marriage, creating a legacy of love, commitment, and shared moments that will continue to inspire generations to come.

Jean was actively involved in Benton Harbor’s community. She was a member of the Residents Committee where she worked with children. She was enormously proud of the impact she made on the lives of the children she touched.

Jean's life journey was marked by a profound love for family, reading, music and dancing, which reflected her vibrant spirit. Her favorite genres were the Blues, R & B and Soul, especially Eddie Floyd’s “California Girl” and Shalamar’s “Second Time Around.” She loved watching all game shows, animated movies, and westerns. Her favorite hobbies were writing poetry and shopping!

Jean always made friends wherever she went. She was a very sociable individual. Everyone she came in contact with; she made them feel extremely special. Jean always exhibited an exuberant, compassionate spirit. She was the dove who always extended the olive branch of love, not only to her family but with her extended family.

Jean's legacy is marked by the immeasurable impact she had on those around her. Her very distinctive and infectious laughter, unwavering love for family, and the joy she found in spending time with those she loved will forever be etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.

Jean was a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul and will be sadly missed by her family and friends. As we mourn the loss of this remarkable woman, let us also celebrate the rich tapestry of a life well-lived. May Jean find rest in eternal peace, and may her memory continue to dance in the hearts of those she touched with her love and laughter.

Jean was preceded in death by her father, Douglas Reese Jr., her mother, Ruby Faye Henson-Reese three brothers, Willie James Reese, Ray Charles Reese and Johnny Cale Reese, four sisters, Brenda Faye Frontenue-Reese, Sandra Carol Reese-Greer, Doretha Rena Reese, and Ruby Lee Reese-Roberts, two sons: John L. Reese and Johnny Lane Brigham Jr.. 

Jean is survived by her loving husband, Archie Davis Jr., Benton Harbor MI; son Cedric DeWayne Reese, Athens, TX; daughter La’Quesia Renea Reese (TyJeramy) Hesters, Indianapolis IN; four sisters Mary Reese, DeSoto, TX; GwenEster Reese-Johnson, Benton Harbor MI; Dorothy Reese-Merrill, Gladewater, TX;  Irastine Reese (Cedric) Preston Irving TX; twelve grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

“ For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is a hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy4:6-8 KJV

“We know heaven must be beautiful right now because it has you in it. Your wings were ready, but our hearts were not. Forever our sister!” Mary, GwenEster, Dorothy, and Irastine



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Memorial Service
March 30, 2024

12:00 PM
Robbins Brothers Funeral Home
204 S Fair Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022


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