This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Louise Davis who was born in United States on July 11, 1939 and passed away on November 12, 2005 at the age of 66. Candy as she was so fondly called was a resident of Birmingham,Alabama.
At a very early age, the gift that God had placed inside her became quite evident, when at the age of 3, she began to sing with a melodious voice.As Candy reached her teenage years, she continued to sing and thus united with her first group The Guiding Stars.
She was educated in the Birmingham City School System.She earned an Associates Degree from Daniel Payne College. At a very young age, she was saved and baptised at the Bethel Baptist Church. Continuing to sing throughout her teenage and early adult years. In 1962 she united in holy matrimony with Leon Davis Sr. From this union was born 3 children, Leonetta,Leon Jr, and Alan.
During the 60's, Candy was very active in the Civil Right's Movement. Her voice bellowed out across the south as she sang with the Alabama Christian Movement Choir, which was the official Civil Right's Choir in Birmingham.Candy also traveled throughout the city of Birmingham singing praise unto God.
Candy not only ministered through song but she worked with the Social Security Administration for over 25 years. During her career with Social Security, she helped many people as she served in various positions. Many co-workers have talked about how she helped them through their career. Her smiling face and words of encouragement will be remembered by many.
She was an active member of the St John Missionary Baptist church until her health began to fail.
In 1982, she received her professional music break when producer Frank Williams of Malaco Records heard her and her group, Faith ( Eloise Gaffney, the late John Wes Lewis, Mary E Pratt, Jim Hollins, Lawrence Sneed) and signed them to the label. From this signing, four memorable recordings would come forth-Lord Lift Us Higher,Better Than Blessed,Then These Trials, and Live in Birmingham. Out of all her hit recordings,the song"Better Than Blessed" is her signature.
Excerpt from "Better Than Blessed"
I'm blessed, better than blessed Praise the Lord I may not have houses and wealth I may not have all my strength and health But I'm blessed, better than blessed Praise the Lord
According to Huey Williams of the legendary Jackson Southernaires, "Louise was a highly respected, beloved, and spirit-filled woman of God. I can never recall talking to her and she did not have a word to uplift and encourage me; she will be deeply missed."
She leaves many that will cherish her memory forever, including her husband, Leon and children Leonetta, Leon and Alan.
I only had a short while with you / Rosie Gurley (Cousin)
I only had a short while with you. I was a little girl when my mom Johnnie Lee Agee Steele took me to Candys' house. Candys' first sight of me she said to my mom "what a beautiful child Johnnie, let her come sit by at this piano". I then went to sit ...
My dear friend. / Arittha Henry (Friend)
I'm a few years late but I must say something Candy was a dear friend of mine I hadn't spoken to her for some years but she was an very encouraging to me I too sing and am very shy she told me to let go and let God and close my eyes when I sing and G...
The Civil Rights Concert Series - Contact Information for family / Nona Farrar (none)
Does anyone know how to reach the family?
I tried emailing them from this website and it bounced back.
I'm doing a concert tour where we're honoring Civil Rights Icon Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth in Birmingham...
A lady with a big heart / Jeffrey Polk (Brother in Christ )
I will never for Sister Candy Davis. If ever their was a real gospel singer, she was one. I speak this from experience. As a young man in Georgia, I had the opportunity to meet her. I was just a local singer and when I heard that she was coming ...
My sincere condolences to Louise's Family and loved ones / Samia Selmi (admirer)
Just a few lines to let you know that if some people are acting like the hand of God in this world then Louise was definitely one of them.I didn't know much about her before this year 2006 as I'm a foreigner living in the cold and amazing Ireland but...
Social Security Administration Anna Louise "Candy" Davis worked for the Social Security Administration for over 25 years. During this time she worked in various positions and served as a public servant to many.
During her career at Social Security, she helped many of her co-workers with words of encouragement. Because singing was so much a part of her life, she would sing on various programs even at her place of employment.
It seems that her entire life was geared toward helping others.
The Music Ministry of Louise Candy Davis will live on forever.
Candy signed on with Malaco Records in 1982. Four projects came out of this signing, Lord Lift Us Higher, Better Than Blessed, Then These Trials and Live in Birmingham.