Life and Legacy
James Emanuel Davis was born on Saturday, September 20, 1969 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY to the very proud parents of James Douglas Davis and Linda Marie Graham Davis. He was their first born son and a blessing and joy. He departed this life suddenly on Monday morning, September 20, 2021 while at home in bed on his 52ND Birthday.
He grew up in East Greenbush NY and attended the East Greenbush Public School System and graduated from Columbia High School Class of 1987. As a young boy he was a cub scout, played little league and was quite a batter. “James Davis is at the bat. It’s going, going, gone - Home run”. He participated in sports in school and did quite well. A plaque of his athletic accomplishment hangs on his high school wall.
Following high school he attended Boston University and SUNY Buffalo. In trying to find his way in life and who he was, he walked down some dark roads and took some wrong turns. But, Praise be to God, he didn’t stay there. The good things that were instilled in him won out. At the Ist Maximized Manhood Retreat, sponsored by his Father in 1992, James accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
During the years he was trying to find himself he met and later married Grisel Cuprill Davis. To this union 2 sons were born; Christian Emanuel and Noah Manuel Davis. He was so proud to be a father and he loved and cared for his boys and family. James was a hard worker and a very kind, giving, and generous person. He had a desire to mentor young men. James was the older brother to Christopher Vernon and Nathaniel Marshon Davis. He had some very close cousins and friends that he grew up with: Anthony (Tony), Billy (Will), Glenn, Matt, and Dennis to name a few.
James attended Christian Memorial COGIC and later joined Solid Rock Family Church in Glenmont, NY. He has been a member of Solid Rock for over 20 years. He didn’t believe in church hopping, but rather serve, where you are planted. During his years at Christian Memorial he enjoyed singing in the Men’s Chorus, playing the drums, headed out a young men’s group called the Crusaders. There call was, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?.. “ James pretty much served wherever and whenever he was called upon.
After he and his family joined the Solid Rock, he continued to serve. He was very active in his church. He played the drums, taught children in Sunday School, worked with the youth, taught a discipleship class, was a deacon and shared the Word of God. He was gifted with wisdom and knowledge. He took time to engage people – listen to them – share his heart – pray with them. No one was insignificant and everyone was important. He rolled up his sleeves and helped in the physical renovation of his church.
James was not only a son, but a friend to his parents. They enjoyed talking about life and sharing the word of God. They affectionately called one another “Bum”.
Again, James was a very hard worker and worked in various jobs and positions. His last 27 years was spent working for GE Plastics. He worked 25 years in Color Express. Several years ago the company was bought out by SABIC. He continued working and over the course of time worked himself up from an entry level position to his very recent promotion of Resource Leader, Color Express.
James has touched and made an impression on many throughout his years.
James leaves to treasure and cherish his memory his two sons, Christian and Noah and their mother, Grisel. His parents, Pastor James D. and Linda M. Davis, his brother Christopher, and his children, Cameron and Alisha and his youngest brother, Nathaniel. He also leaves a Neice, Naya, and nephews, Kobe and Nico. He leaves aunts and uncles, cousins, Godchildren, God brothers and God sisters, his Church family, co-workers and many, many f riends and acquaintances.