John E. Davidson

1921 - 2013


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

sign the online guestbook



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