Rev. James Tode Davis

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Rev. James 'Tode' Davis

October 12, 1941 - November 04, 2018

Rev. James Tode Davis Rev. James "Tode" Davis, 77, of Mabscott, W.Va., was called home Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at Charleston Area Medical Center.
Born Oct. 12, 1941, in Beaver, W.Va., he was the son of the late John Robert and Rosie L. Davis.
He spent the first seven years of his life in the Grey Flats area off Eisenhower Drive until a house fire forced the family to move to Mabscott.
It was there where he began gigging for frogs, which he sold to area children and in turn acquired the lifelong nickname of "Tode." Because he was born with no middle name, he often joked his middle initial was "T."
Tode leaves behind his wife, Carolyn, with whom he was set to celebrate 59 years of marriage on Dec. 24.
The two met through friends when they were young, and married a few years later - when they were still young - at 18 and 15.
Together, they traveled across the United States, living in Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio and Arkansas, but always feeling the pull of West Virginia and of Mabscott.
Tode was the father of four children - though many others called him "Paw" - and he shared his passion for hunting and fishing and his love of the outdoors with his family, who knew that anytime he was in the woods, he was at peace.
He loved music and people and had a way with animals.
He could grow absolutely anything in the garden.
Tode was a painter and a coal miner, but was also an evangelist as he first felt his spiritual calling as a young boy and was ordained by the United Christian Church in November 1975.
He loved sharing scripture and many of his teachings will live on through his YouTube channel, The Perfection of God's Spoken Word.
Though Tode passed away on Sunday at 2:48 p.m., he preached a sermon to friends from his hospital bed Saturday night because he wanted that to be the last thing he did.
In addition to his parents, Tode was preceded in death by his sister Sandra McGee.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Carolyn, of Mabscott, W.Va.; daughter, Alisa R. Bolt, of Beckley, W.Va.; sons, James A. Davis (Rebecca), of Beckley, W.Va., David M. Davis (Susan), of Mabscott, W.Va., and Stephen A. Davis (Tammy), of Elkin, N.C.; grandchildren, Wesley Bolt, of Beckley, W.Va., Bryan Bolt, of Oak Hill; Caitlyn Cozart, of Jumping Branch, W.Va.; Brittany McMillion, of Sophia, W.Va.; Lucas and Andrew Davis, of Beckley, W.Va.; David (Scotty) Davis, of Mabscott. W.Va.; Kessa Davis, of Beckley, W.Va.; Kristen Davis, of East Bend, N.C.; Leslie Rachel, of Greensboro, N.C.; Shyea Davis, of East Bend, N.C.; Zachary Cole, of Seth, W.V.; and Stephanie Atkins, of Crab Orchard, W.Va.; 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings Robert Davis (Betty), of Springfield, Va.; Frankie Slate (Kathy), of Beckley, W.Va.; Okey Slate, of Mabscott, W.Va.; Betty Jane Jeffrey, of Yadkanville, N.C.; Linda Torres, of Beckley, W.Va., and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
Tode also leaves behind special adopted family Cheryl Williams, of Beckley, W.Va.; Shannah and Bruce Breckenridge and their children, Kelcey and Bruce of Charleston, W.Va.; and Talicia and Jerry Riffle and their children, Nitalia and Jeremiah, of Hurricane, W.Va.; and Bill and Teresa Gunter, of Cool Ridge, W.Va. He also leaves behind special family friend, Barbara Bolen, of Crab Orchard, W.Va.
Tode was cremated with arrangements by Melton Mortuary, in Beckley.
Although he loved people, he didn't wish for a large, formal funeral but rather something smaller that would offer friends and loved ones an opportunity to celebrate rather than mourn.
Because Mabscott always seemed to pull him home, his children have decided a gathering at a later date, at the home he shared with his "sweetheart," Carolyn, is the best way to honor his memory.
Published on November 8, 2018
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