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Roy E. Davis - Family Abandonment and Felony Conviction

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Last year we began publishing information concerning the involvement between key figures in William Branham's ministry and the Ku Klux Klan. This led to a significant amount of questions and feedback from both former and current followers of William Branham's "Message," especially those in other countries who are unfamiliar with the Klan. To learn that Branham associated with men in a secret society who became established as a homeland terrorist organization is quite shocking. Any who missed the blog posts can find them on our "Blog" page of The first blog post can be found here:

During the course of this research, We continually found trails back to Texas that could not be properly explained. According to newspapers, Davis was living a "dual life" in Texas and Georgia. But what did this phrase, "dual life," mean? Was he a secret agent? Was he working for the Pinkerton Agency? When he made his first public appearance as the spokesperson for the second reinvention of the Ku Klux Klan, was he separating public life from private life?

After extensive research into the early part of his life, it turns out that he was abandoning a wife and three children. Apparently, fleeing a felony in Texas for swindling, Roy Elonza Davis started using a portion of his middle name as an alias "Lon" Davis. When "Lon" fled Texas for Georgia, he had the bad luck of running into a woman who knew him as a Texas minister. When Davis acted as if he did not recognize her, she became suspicious of the "singing evangelist" -- especially when she learned that he was married to a woman in Georgia. She remembered him as a married man with three children in Texas. So she began working with detectives to investigate Davis, and came in contact with Sheriff Mann which ultimately led to his conviction.

"The lady recognized the Prof. Lon Davis in Georgia as the man she had known in Texas as Rev. Roy E. Davis, but was unable to make the professor recognize her. The girl remembered that Davis had a wife and children in Texas, so her suspicions were aroused and she at once began the inquiry which brought the thriving and handsome singing school teacher to the bar of justice. Sheriff Mann states that upon leaving Texas, Davis deserted his wife and three children, who now reside in East Texas and married a young lady in Georgia."
-- Wise County Messenger Fri, Jun 29, 1917

To the newspapers, the abandoned wife and children were not so interesting as the unbelievable story of swindling. It made front page news when he was caught, headlines reading, "Rev. Davis, Singer and Masher, Goes to Prison." Apparently, Davis convinced the bankers that he was "honest" because he was a minister, and coaxed them into issuing a draft for funds without having money. Taking the draft to a different bank, Davis cashed it, and fled. When the second bank tried to collect on the funds, the first bank had no funds available. And by that time, Davis had fled Texas for Georgia.

His two-year prison sentence was costly. Eventually, his Texas conviction caught up with him and he was ousted from his church in Ackworth, GA. When church members learned that he was convicted of forgery and embezzlement, and that he had abandoned a wife and three children to run away with a red-headed woman, the church began looking into his activities. It was then they realized that Davis was sanctioning Ku Klux Klan meetings from the church. Immediately, he was ousted from the church and members published a printed apology in the Atlanta Constitution newspaper.

As we've pointed out in earlier articles, Davis' swindling people out of money did not end in Texas. Nor did his involvement with the Ku Klux Klan -- his ties grew stronger as time went on. The newspapers record his underhanded schemes through cities and states across the nation from Georgia to California from the early turn of the century until the 1960's. By the time he started his Pentecostal Baptist church in Jeffersonville, Davis was a convicted felon, running from the law for arrests of underaged sex, and had a trail of swindling people of money in multiple states, and was a high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan. Why did William Branham stick with Davis all of those years? Did Branham's alleged "gift of discernment" fail? Could God have given Branham the ability to peer into the very soul of all men except Davis, Upshaw, Cadle, and others affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan?

At minimum, why did William Branham not oust Davis from the church in Jeffersonville like the Atlanta church did a few years earlier?

New documents on the research section of our website! And more to come! Stay tuned!

Felony Charges Page 1:

Felony Charges Page 2:

Losing Church:

Government Records:

Roy Davis Research:

Congressman Upshaw Research:

Howard Cadle Research: