In Loving Memory
John E. Davidson
November 1, 1921 – July 14, 2013
John Emerson Davidson was born November 1, 1921, in The Plains, Ohio,
to John and Alta Metzger Davidson.
John attended high school at Mount Vernon Academy, graduated from
Emmanuel Missionary College, and earned his Masters of Divinity from
Andrews University. Carol Green became his wife, August 24, 1944,
in Chicago, Illinois. His ministry began in Indiana and Ohio; where
he had at least two, if not three churches, and also held
evangelistic meetings. At the age of 35, he moved his family
to Washington, D.C.; here he oversaw the building project of
the Pennsylvania Avenue Church. His ministry continued in
Detroit and then became a Chaplain at the White Memorial
Medical Center in Los Angeles. During his time as chaplain
he also earned a degree in marriage counseling. In 1970 he
moved to Pasco, then to Pendleton in 1977, and retired in
College Place in 1990 where at the age of 70 he built his last
In every church he pastored, Elder Davidson was known
for his carpentry abilities. Whether it was building the entire
church from the foundation up, adding on additions, or just
repairing this or that; John loved to build. He learned these
skills from his father when he started as a hod carrier at age 9.
John believed a church should always be in the best possible
shape. Many who worked with him will remember his red
sweat jerseys and his red suspenders. John was affectionately
known as Preach, Pow Pow, Partner, Grandpa and Dad.
He was outspoken, opinionated, sometimes stubborn, but
was always loving, honest, and sincere. He enjoyed being a
preacher and mentoring young associate pastors. His sermons
were candid and rarely dull. He felt they should end as close
to noon as possible. It was important for him to visit his
parishioners. He felt going to a person’s home helped him
understand how to better serve his congregation. On Sabbath
mornings, you would see him walking through the sanctuary
greeting the congregation. He was also known for his
comforting spirit in times of loss and grief. Among his favorite
memories were his trips to the Holy Land given to him by the
Pasco Church. He went there three times and would have gone
again if his health would have allowed.
After retiring, he helped to start a men’s group “The
ROMEO’s” (Real Old Men Eating Out). These were some of
his deepest friendships. One of these friendships dates back
70 years!! He looked forward to the Wednesday morning
breakfasts, sharing stories, and being with his friends.
He was blessed to have a wonderful “Sweet Petunia”,
Roberta, for the last 13 years. She brought him much joy and
happiness, and she is genuinely loved by his family as well.
He is survived by his brothers: William (Jackie) Davidson
and Jim Davidson; his three children: John (Kim) Davidson
III, Jackie Ridge, Judy Fetroe; five grandsons: John (Halley)
Davidson IV, Steven (Valerie) Davidson, Thomas Ridge,
Brandon (Rachel) Fetroe, and Dustin Fetroe; and four great
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol,
his three sisters: Aurelia, Annabelle, Alta and a grandson Billy.
Dad /Pastor Davidson will be missed, but he is resting in
Jesus, waiting for His return, and for The Roll to Be Called Up
At his request, there will be no service. The family plans a
private celebration of his life. Memorial contributions may be
made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or Gospel Outreach
through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551
Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and
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