As they stood in the sun-splashed parking lot outside of St. Peter’s Claver Catholic Church in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County Saturday morning, John B. S. Davies, III, his brother Israel C. Davies and family reflected on the moment, their late father John B.S. Davies, II was with them. There, alongside, were government officials, including Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, Senate Pro-Tempore Milton Gbehzohngar Findley, Montserrado County Rep. Bill Twehway, Grand Bassa Rep. Gabriel Smith, Gender Minister Madam Julia Duncan Cassell and Liberia Water &Sewer Managing Director Charles Allen, amongst others.
Also sympathizing with the bereaved family were business executives including businessman turns politician Benoni Urey, Fomba Trawally, Sam Gibson, Kola Adeleke of Ecobank, Henry Saamoi of International Bank, Milton Weeks of the Liberia Bankers’ Association and of course, Dr. D. Edwood Dunn and Daily Observer publisher Kenneth Y. Best, all having emerged for the heartfelt funeral for Mr. John B. S. Davies, II, who succumbed to death on Saturday, May 3, 2014, aged 67.
The late John B. S. Davies, II was former leader of LAMCO workers and former organist at the St. Peter’s Claver Catholic Church.
"Most of us," Senator Milton Findley said, "probably didn't know him [John] because he was a very quiet man.”
Paying his tribute on behalf of the Bassa legislative caucus, Sen. Findley recalled how the late John Davies, II raised his children to make positive contributions to the Liberian society.
“Such a man, he said, is never recognized in our society and this is very wrong. I can say this for sure, about 80 percent of the people in this church didn’t know the late Mr. Davies, but know his children—and this is how this man positively impacted our country and communities.”
He recalled how Mr. Davies’ children including John B. S. Davies, II, Israel Davies and others, are using their various places of work to make positive contributions to the development of Liberia.
Earlier, Grand Bassa County Rep. Gabriel Smith acknowledged he has attended many funerals in Grand Bassa, “but this funeral is different. It is different because this man was able to adequately prepare his children while he was living, and for this I can cry on his funeral. He educated them [children] well and so they are men and women on their own,” Rep. Smith said.
The deceased’s wife, Mrs. Esther Kear Davies, who wept endlessly, in her tribute, expressed the hope that her husband gave his life to God before his death.
“Why, why…..my life is incomplete without you, John……” she said in tears. His son, John B.S. Davies, III reflected on some of the rigid trainings his late father meted against them. “If they bought raw palm nut and you chop some of that raw palm nut, you won’t eat soup because palm butter was my father’s favorite soup,” he said. John told his father to rest in peace even though he left too soon and abruptly.
“You never showed us any sign, father, but we accept it. All we can say, RIP,” John Davies, III said.
In his funeral message, the Parish Priest of St. Peter’s Claver, Rev. Fr. Hamilton Quayeson reminded the church that the world is a transitory place.
“It is left with us to live well if we come on the world stage,” he said. Father Quayeson also reminded the church that what they do with their lives is what matters to God.
“Let us reexamine our lives and repent so that we can properly serve our living God,” he decreed as he urged the church to stop complaining and begin to give thanks to God.
“God,” the Catholic prelate said, “isn’t a magician and so we must focus on the spiritual dimension of our lives so that God will be able to give us our needs.”
Father Quayeson told the bereaved family not to weep as their late father’s life is saved. “He was a man of God during his earthly stay and so he created for himself a place in God’s kingdom,” he added.
Several other individuals, communities and institutions also paid tribute. They included, the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Liberia Bankers’ Association (LBA), the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Finance, the Trumpet of Praise Church, Lone Star Cell/MTN, the Central Bank of Liberia, the National Elections Commission and the New Georgia Gulf Community, amongst many others.
The deceased leaves to mourn his wife, Mrs. Esther Kear Davies, 14 children including John B. S. Davies, III, president & CEO of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), Israel C. Davies Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roosevelt Davies, Alice Kear Zeyou, Miss Sylvia Davies, Miss Jocelyne S. Davies, Mr. S. Wilberforce Davies, Theresa Davies, Miss Augusta Davies, Elisha Kofa Davies, Mr. Mark K. Davies, Miss Jacqueline Juah Davies, S. Edward T. Davies and Grace W. Davies.