Carl Benjamin Davis
February 24, 1954 - February 5, 2020
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Carl Benjamin Davis, of Springfield, Missouri, was born on February 24, 1954, and peacefully passed to his Heavenly reward during his sleep in the early morning hours of February 5, 2020. Carl’s lifelong employment was primarily in the food service industry, including employment in the Missouri State University cafeteria, the Drury University cafeteria, and the…

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Ralph Wagner left a message on February 7, 2020:
Carl was a friend of my wife Shelly and I. Like Jeff Morse, we met Carl at Southwest Baptist College. When we would meet walking on campus, he would join us for awhile, even if it was out of his way, so he could visit and see what we were up to. In the summer after we graduated, Carl hitchhiked to our wedding in El Dorado Springs, MO. I still have the inspirational book that was his family heirloom that he gave us for a present. "I Dare You" by William H. Danforth, Chairman of the Board, Ralston Purina Company. See you later, Beav.
Jeff Morse left a message on February 6, 2020:
Carl Davis was a friend of mine. I met him in the fall of 1977 at Southwest Baptist when I was a junior there. He became a part of the group I ran with. He was a special guy and a loyal friend. He was up for most anything. If he saw you walking on campus, he would break into a big smile and come join you. He was an encourager. I tried to keep up with him after I got out of school. I passed through Springfield several times a year. I would usually try to time it to catch him either at work or at home. We had some good visits. But as my life got busier, I lost contact with him except for times when I would hear something from somebody who had seen him in Springfield. I can imagine Carl was a mega fan of all the school sports teams where he worked. Carl was not only a loyal friend, but he was, for me, a reminder of God’s love and grace. I will miss him. But I have lots of great memories. To Carl’s family, I’m very sorry for your loss. Jeff Morse
Colleen Hardy left a message on February 6, 2020:
Carl wore a permanent smile and carried the gift of encouragement everywhere he went. What a Springfield treasure and an Evangel gem. His legacy of kindness will echo throughout the halls and hearts of Evangel for years to come. Rest well, my friend.
Tony Newby left a message on February 6, 2020:
"CD," as I called him, was one of the most loyal followers of Christ that I have ever met. He befriended me when I served as interim and subsequently as full-time minister of Parkview Christian Church. I could always count on his support, no matter the need. He called me almost every week to discuss some aspect of Scripture that he had been reading. He has fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). He lives on in the hearts of all who loved him. Tony and Irma Newby Tony and Irma Newby Tony and Irma Newby
Emily Johns left a message on February 6, 2020:
We all enjoyed having Carl on the front row of so many of our Evangel University chapels. He loved being around the students and engaged in the worship. Make no mistake about it, the front row was his domain! There was always an encouraging word for the speaker or the students who had participated. And we never saw him without a smile on his face! He will truly be missed.
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Brnadon Schmidly left a message on February 6, 2020:
I'm so sad to hear this news. Carl was a dear member of the Springfield community, and especially the Evangel community. He was often on the front row of chapel. He stopped by my office regularly to review the weeks happenings, especially in Evangel sports. He was so enjoyable to talk to. I would also often hear him on the radio when he would call in to Sports Talk shows. He was a dear man and friend, and had very generous heart. I am so sad that we won't have another one of those fun conversations this side of Heaven. I miss him already. Thank you Carl for demonstrating how to live well. Enjoy your eternal reward.
Carol Taylor left a message on February 6, 2020:
Carl was one of the first to welcome me to Evangel the summer of 2013 and was a regular visitor to my office. I never tired of greeting him on the front row of chapel and watching him on the sidelines with our football team. His love for Evangel and for Evangel's football team was inspiring. He was a dear brother and inspiration. My prayers for his many friends and family now waiting for the grand reunion where we will all be more alive than ever with no more farewells. Carol Taylor, President of Evangel University
Mark Grabowski left a message on February 6, 2020:
Carl was such a dear brother. He was a loyal friend. He was always able to look at the positive side of life and had an amazing trust in God. I know he is hearing well done my good and faithful servant. You will be missed, my brother .
Alex Bryant left a message on February 6, 2020:
My condolences to the family! Carl was so awesome! I first met him when I came to Evangel in the early 90's to play football. I remember him being at practices and at the games supporting us and cheering us on. Then, when I returned to Evangel in the early 2000's, Carl was still around encouraging and supporting students. In fact, whenever I returned to Evangel throughout the years, Carl always came up to me and greeted me with a warm smile and wanted to talk about football and life. He was AWESOME! A true man of God. I can imagine him today sitting at the feet of Jesus in his glorified body and our Lord and Savior commending him for finishing his journey and keeping the faith. He will be missed!
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