Rendell A. Davis

2013-09-09T00:00:00Z Rendell A. DavisClassifieds Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Rendell A. Davis

Died Friday, September 6, 2013. He was born November 6, 1922 in Hackensack, NJ to Myrtus and Maude Davis. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, Ren was called to the ministry, and graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary. After ordination, in 1951, Ren went to Japan as a mission worker for the Presbyterian Church and served there for 10 years. After that, Ren expanded his ministry to include the field of corrections, with agencies in Indianapolis and Philadelphia. Ren retired in 1986, but his ministry serving the marginalized continued. He taught English to Central American refugees, led a visiting group to state prisons focusing on the needs and interests inmates expressed. He volunteered with Clinica Amistad, a free health clinic. He studied restorative justice, which embodied for him "I was hungry and you fed me, I was in prison and you visited me..." GLBTQ concerns were central to Ren and Florence's ministry and led Ren to change his denominational affiliation to the United Church of Christ. Ren was also a jock--an avid sailor, tennis player and golfer who never missed a ballgame on TV. Ren is survived by wife, Florence; children, Rendell Jr. (Chrissy), Roxie Burnetti (Don), and Pierce (Lyn). Memorial service is Wednesday, 4:00 p.m., September 11, 2013 at Rincon UCC, 122 N. Craycroft Rd. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Owl & Panther c/o Hopi Foundation, P.O. Box 301, Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039 or Clinica Amistad, P.O. Box, 27284, Tucson, 85726. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY.

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