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Roy E. Davis Page Updated - Roy E. Davis Timeline:

We have added the beginnings of a timeline to our research page on Roy E. Davis, William Branham's mentor and "Imperial Wizard" of the terrorist organization Ku Klux Klan.

Also added the story William Branham (who claimed to be a prophet) used starting in 1963 to describe Davis (the man who baptized him), as compared to John (a Biblical prophet) baptizing Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

"Well, I remember Dr. Roy Davis, a—a—a personal friend of mine, who baptized me the only time I've ever been baptized. And he said that John was meaning, I remember this in their school, he said, "John knowed that he had never been baptized, himself, so he... Jesus. John suffered Jesus to baptize him." Well, that, I—I different with the—the great doctor there. Not for controversy, but for the sake of Truth I might say this. No, there was two men, the two leaders of the hour, the Messiah and His prophet met in the water."
Branham, 63-0721 - He Cares Do You Care?

The Timeline:

1890 - Roy Elonza Davis born April 28, 1890 in Omaha, Morris County, TX
1894 - February 18, 1894, Emma Sabina Davis (Dowdy) born. This was Roy Davis Sr. first wife he married in Texas.
1909 - June 14, 1909. Roy Davis was a stenographer and ticket clerk for the Southwestern Railroad in El Paso, Texas
1910 - November 12, 1910. Roy Davis travels to the Sierra Madre for big game hunting.
1911 - January 19, 1911. Roy Davis appointed chief of the Rock Island paying card department in El Paso, Texas.
1912 - September 19, 1912. Roy Davis charged with forgery in El Paso, Texas by judge E. B. McClintock, and was turned over to the grand jury on $500 bond.
1913 - Allie Lee Davis (Garrison) born August 6, 1913.
1915 - February 8, 1915. “Birth of a Nation” silent film released promoting the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic and Christian organization.
1915 - August 17, 1915. Leo Frank lynching in Georgia ignites the racial issues in the South.
1915 - August, 1915. Second Ku Klux Klan formed on Stone Mountain, GA. William Joseph Simmons declares himself the Imperial Wizard of the Invisible Empire.
1916 - January 10, 1916. Roy E. Davis swindles the First State Bank of Boonsville.
1916 - March 10, 1916. Sheriff Lee Mann travels to Tipton, OK to find Roy Davis after a man by the same name was arrested. Mann issues a warrant in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
1916 - March 10,1916. Davis runs away to Georgia with a woman from Fort Worth.
1916 - Unknown month and day. Roy Davis (under alias Lon Davis) was given $25 to purchase an organ for the Fairview Baptist Church in Pickens County, Georgia. When the organ was never delivered, Roy claimed that he had purchased a different one for $35 to be delivered in its place. Davis left the community and the organ was never delivered.
1917 - Mrs Chitwood (Formerly Miss Starett) in Georgia recognizes Roy Davis as he was using alias “Lon Davis.” She writes Sheriff Mann and is offered $50 reward.
1917 - May 19, 1917, Roy E. Davis flees to Spartanburg, SC, and is arrested for the First State Bank of Boonsville, Texas swindling charge. Sheriff Mann of Wise County, TX came to Franklin County, Georgia to transfer him back to Texas.
1917 - June 29, 1917, Roy Davis goes to prison over bank swindle in Decatur, TX
1917 - Unknown month and day. Roy Davis gets new trial and the jury agrees to suspend his sentence for good behavior.
1919 - January 15, 1919, Lon Davis in Adairsville, GA debates W.H. Bird of Fort Payne, AL Church of Christ on church principals and doctrines.
1919 - Unknown month and day. Roy Davis indicted for the 1916 organ fraud from the Fairview Baptist Church, accused by W. J. James of Pickens County Georgia. When the case came to trial, Davis’ attorney approached James and offered money if the trial was dismissed.
1920 - Summer, 1920. Roy Davis, under the alias “Lon Davis,” becomes pastor of the Acworth Baptist church.
1921 - June, 1921. Roy Davis, under the alias Lon Davis, holds a Ku Klux Klan meeting at the Acworth Baptist Church.
1921 - July 7, 1921. Deacons of the Acworth Baptist Church, organized by Deacon H. M. Williams, vote to debar Davis from the church after making his defense before the congregation.
1921 - July, 1921. H. M. Williams receives threatening letter from the Ku Klux Klan.
1921 - July 15, 1921. Roy Davis ousted by Ackworth GA Church after his being exposed as having swindled a bank in Texas, living a dual life, wife and child abandonment, and holding Ku Klux Klan meetings in the church.
1921 - August 3, 1921. Roy Davis purchases a new Ford automobile and it was announced in the McCurtain Gazette of Idabel, OK that he was the pastor of the town.
1921 - August 27, 1921. Roy Davis preaching revival meetings in Shults, OK with a subject “What is your life in the home,” promoting the idea that the Sabbath should become a legal holiday and that Americans today were desecrating the Sabbath.
1921 - November 16, 1921. Roy Davis, wife, and daughter traveled to and returned from Detroit, Texas to Idabel OK.
1921 - Unknown month and day. Ex-Sheriff Lee Mann who arrested Roy Davis receives a threatening letter from the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia over his arrest of Davis.
1921 - September, 1921. United States Government proposed a full probe of the Ku Klux Klan over its secrecy and terroristic nature. Congressman William D. Upshaw stopped the probe through litigation. During the proceedings, it was made known that Upshaw was both a Klan member and personal friend to William Joseph Simmons.
1921 - April 14, 1921, Rev. Lon Davis (editor) advertises his “The Progress” newspaper in Acworth, GA. Anti-Catholic rhetoric. Copies of the issue were sold for $1.00.
1922 - January 12, 1922, R.E. Davis is elected Mayor of Meigs, GA. Total votes were 226, first time women voted.
1922 - July 22, 1922, Dr. R.E. Davis KKK lecturer in Poplar Bluff, MO, challenges Capt. C.D. Unsell to a debate on the virtues of the KKK. Appears to be a KKK membership drive. Davis gives address to interested people “KKK City, Poplar Bluff American”.
1922 - August 1, 1922, Roy E. Davis (Klan lecturer living in Atlanta GA) in Blytheville, Arkansas gives a debate speech at a baseball field (big turn-out by locals). He promotes KKK virtues.
1923 - January 11, 1923. Roy Davis, as an official spokesman of the Ku Klux Klan, holding meetings with William Joseph Simmons meetings was denied use of an auditorium in Albany, GA
1923 - June 30, 1923. Roy Davis fired from GA farmer’s union after being exposed as having lived dual life in Texas and Georgia.
1923 - January 13, 1923. Roy Davis held Klan rally and claimed that the Invisible Empire was not anti-negro, anti-Catholic, or anti-Jewish.
1923 - May 28, 1923, Roy E. Davis (editor of Brickbat) lambastes a grand jury ruling in Valdosta, GA on releasing 2 men attacking a fellow Klan member, J. McDonald. The 2 men got into a fight with McDonald when they asked where Roy E. Davis was. The sheriff stepped in and put guards around McDonald and Davis as protection.
1923 - May 29, 1923. Roy Davis is charged with fraud for the 1916 organ purchase for the Fairview Baptist Church
1923 - June 27, 1923, criminal libel as brickbat editor
1923 - August 17, 1923, Lonnie Davis in Wichita Falls, TX is flogged with a wet rope by 5 unmasked men. Lonnie’s brother Z.W. Davis says Lonnie is hospital and asks acting Texas Governor T.W. Davidson to investigate. Article states that Lonnie Davis is believed to be the same as the former president of the GA Farmer’s Union and KKK organizer in Valdosta, Meigs and Fitzgerald, GA. No reason given of the flogging, maybe more mischief or perhaps KKK members in Texas doling out a punishment.
1924 - October 5, 1924, Chattanooga, TN, Dr. R.E. Davis (former ambassador of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at Washington) is now the organizer of the Knights of the Flaming Sword. News article describes the Flaming Sword group as Anti-Klan. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is Col. William Simmons’s Klan group. Davis described Texas Klan members being converted to the Flaming Sword.
1925 - January 18, 1925, Dr. Roy E. Davis (Royal Ambassador of the Knights of the Flaming Sword) calls on members of the same group to quit. Cites the Flaming Sword is “dedicated to one proposition of accumulating millions for private individuals”. In other words, it’s a money scam.
1925 - Unknown month and day. William Branham is ordained as a minister by Roy E. Davis.
1925 - July 31, 1925. Nazarene church revival in Perry, OK
1927 - April 21, 1927. Nazarene church revival in Perry, OK
1928 - September 1, 1928. Nazarene church revival in Perry, OK
1930 - October 11, 1930, Roy E. Davis evangelist and singer is jailed on Mann Act charges in Louisville, KY. 40 year old Davis brought 17 year old Allie Lee Garrison (to be his wife later) across state lines from Chattanooga, TN. He was arrested in Jeffersonville, IN at a church revival meeting. Mann Act is a Federal offense and Davis was arraigned by a U.S. commissioner. The Mann Act or White Slavery Act of 1910, is a violation of bringing women across state lines for prostution or for sex. Wiki link definition:
1930 - February 5, 1930. Roy Davis sends a letter to the editor of the Louisville Courier Journal describing his church and protesting the government’s strategy to enforce prohibition. Davis said that his church often had drunk men and women sitting in each other’s laps during service.
1930 - February 8, 1930. Local baptist ministers write the Louisville Courier Journal to denounce Davis’ views on alcohol and to declare him not aligned with Baptist policy.
1930 - March 20, 1930. Roy Davis accused of fraud in Louisville by Mrs. Minnie Burgin and was held on $300 bond.
1930 - March 22, 1930. Assistant Prosecutor William Bomar recommends fraud charges against Davis be dismissed.
1930 - October 10, 1930. Davis arrested for violation of the Mann Act after having taken Allie Lee Garrison (age 17) from Tennessee to Louisville for debauchery.
1930 - October 12, 1930. Davis charged with violation of the Mann Act. Sixty women showed up at court to protest
1930 - October 14, 1930. Davis indicted by grand jury violation Mann act
1930 - November 3, 1930. Davis serves 10 days jail time after contempt of court when sixty women disrupt his trial.
1931 - September 15, 1931. Davis charged with defrauding Miss Lelia Cain, but was released on $11,000 bond.
1931 - September 25, 1931. Davis extradited from Jeffersonville to Louisville for defrauding Miss Lelia Cain.
1931 - December 31, 1931. Davis places advertisement in the Louisville Courier Journal to purchase a printing press.
1932 - July 6, 1932. Davis’ First Pentecostal Baptist Church of Jeffersonville enters the Southern Indiana Church Baseball League and defeats Henryville, Indiana 8 to 3.
1933 - May 23, 1933. Roy E. Davis Jr. and Sr. sell Adams Street, Louisville KY church property to L. Rothermel Kirwan.
1933 - William D. Upshaw holds meetings in Louisville, KY to promote prohibition.
1933 - February 4, 1933. Hope Brumback (William’s fiance) leads devotional meeting in the Pentecostal Baptist Church.
1933 - February 18, 1933. William Branham described in newspaper advertisement as an elder of the Davis’ Pentecostal Baptist Church.
1933 - February 25, 1933. Hope Brumback (William’s fiance) leads the youth ministry in the Pentecostal Baptist Church.
1934 - March 30, 1934. Roy Davis sues several parties in Jeffersonville (including churches, their members, and cemeteries) for the estate of Laura Belle Eaken.
1935 - July 19, 1935. Roy Davis steals a piano and a pulpit from Reverend Walter Ulrey, head of the New Albany, Indiana and Louisville, KY Volunteers of America.
1935 - August 13, 1935. Roy Davis sued by Rev. Ulrey. 250 people came to the trial.
1938 - Unknown month and day. Arrested in Hot Springs, AR for disturbing the peace. Ordered to leave town.
1939 - January 13, 1939, Rev. Roy E. Davis is ordered extradited from Louisville, KY to Hot Springs, AR on charges of removing a car from a Mrs. Gay in Hot Springs (crossing state lines in stolen vehicle). Davis jumped bond in Jeffersonville, IN on same charge, till they caught him in Louisville. Claims Mrs. Gay gave him permission to take the car out of Arkansas. Also claimed “those in control” in Hot Springs sought his return in because of his participation in a murder investigation. States “I won’t live if I go back (Hot Springs), I believe I’ll be ambushed”. No reason given for that statement, perhaps a KKK deal?
1943 - September 15, 1943. Ussher-Davis Foundation opened in San Bernardino. Actress Elizabeth Ussher, Roy Davis, and William D. Upshaw primary board members. Other members include Fred M. Barton, former head of a boys’ school in Oklahoma, and George Pearson of Upland, CA.
1944 - February 21, 1944, after Davis’ arrest in the Ussher-Davis Orphanage scam, the Riverside Press (CA) states the FBI records show that Davis had a long record. Police Chief Eugene Mueller says Davis was arrested in Louisville, KY in 1930 on charges of obtaining money under false pretenses. No disposition of that case was mentioned. In 1938, Davis was again arrested in Hot Springs for disturbing the peace, but the prosecution was dismissed. Davis was then ordered to leave town. In 1939, he was taken into custody on the mortgaged property (Mrs. Gay’s car) offense. No disposition of that case mentioned.
1944 - February 22, 1944. Complaints filed against Roy Davis by J. T. Williamson, former superintendent of the Ussher-Davis Foundation, and Lena Robertson for failure to pay wages. Roy Davis, his wife Allie, and George W. Mooney were arrested.
1944 - February 26, 1944. Roy Davis accused of mail tampering and theft of money donated by Mrs. Caroline McLeod to her son.
1944 - February 28, 1944. Roy Davis charged for grand theft. Bail was set at $11,000 and Davis was held at the Upland jail. Davis was unable to post bond.
1944 - March 4, 1944. Roy Davis issued plea for reduction of $16,000 bail. Judge Charles L. Allison granted a writ of habeas corpus.
1944 - March 15, 1944. Roy Davis charged for petty theft and illegal possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
1944 - April 18, 1944. Roy Davis went on trial before Federal Judge Pierson M. Hall for impersonating an F. B. I. agent. Davis claimed that he experienced “divine revelation” telling him to obtain $85,00 from Miss Elizabeth Ussher, which she gave after he convinced her that he was an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U. S. Attorney Llewellyn J. Moses presented the case as prosecuting attorney.
1944 - April 20, 1944. Roy Davis testified by written letter that a “vision” came to him while he was eating a peach, in which he saw the orphanage. Miss Elizabeth Ussher remembered his story, but testified that it was an orange, not a peach, that brought the vision.
1944 - April 27, 2944. Roy Davis petitioned for another writ of habeas corpus, filed by Attorneys Julius J. Novack and Joseph T. Ciano.
1944 - May 6, 1944. Two petty theft charges were dismissed after one of the witnesses disappeared, and bail was reduced to $2500. Chief Criminal District Attorney Theo G. Krumm said that the Rev. Mr. Davis was convicted of a felony in the crime of swindling in Texas in 1918. Davis was held on gun charges.
1949 - June 15, 1949. Dan Davis, Roy’s Brother, dies in Louisville. Dan was named as the former head of the East Market Street Mission. He was for 10 years a pentecostal minister.
1950 - October, 1950. Roy Davis gives a testimony for the Voice of Healing publication. Voice of Healing was created by Gordon Lindsay to promote the ministry of William Branham. In the article, Davis declares himself to be William Branham’s first pastor, who introduced Branham to the Pentecostal faith. He preached Branham’s ordination sermon, signed his ordination certificate, and heard Branham preach his first sermon. Davis claimed he was the first to watch Branham pray for the sick. Roy referred to William Branham as his “Timothy,” referring to the Biblical helper under Apostle Paul’s mentorship. Davis states that he was a member of the Ft Worth, Texas Chamber of Commerce and Executive Committee. He claims that he was born in Fort Worth, and named his business manager as J. F. Owens. Davis lists his address as 3404 So. Main Street, Ft. Worth, Texas.
1951 - April 13, 1951. In Phoenix, AZ, William Branham refers to and confirms the Voice of Healing article
1951 - June 4, 1953. In Connorsville, IN, William Branham confirms being ordained by Roy Davis. He claimed that William D. Upshaw (who had been walking on crutches for decades) entered his prayer line in a wheelchair, and that Roy Davis was the one who sent Upshaw into the meeting.
1953 - September 7, 1953. In Chicago, IL, William Branham describes being in a revival meeting with Davis. According to Branham, Davis walked up to the platform and challenged the speaker by asking them to take sulfuric acid. Branham claimed that he had a statement describing the event sealed by a notary public.
1953 - November 30, 1953. In West Palm Beach, FL, William Branham describes Roy Davis’ introduction of William D. Upshaw, and claimed that Upshaw was for sixty-six years an invalid in a wheelchair confined to crutches and a bed.
1955 - February 27, 1955. In Phoenix, AZ, William Branham describes Roy E. Davis as a Doctor [of Divinity] out of Dallas Texas. He describes being ordained as an elder at Davis’ church in Jeffersonville, IN.
1955 - October 7, 1955, R.E. Davis Sr. advertises his sermon or lecture on “From Darkness to Light” at the Mt. Ashburn Church of Christ in Dallas. The church was located at 712 Parkview Ave. at the corner of Lindsley street.
1955 - October 13, 1955, a new Church of Christ is opened at the Odd Fellow’s Hall located on 611 1/2 East 10th street in Oak Cliff (Dallas). R.E. Davis Sr., evangelist and debater will be the minister for the opening service.
1956 - July 11, 1956, the Odd Fellows on 611 1/2 East 10th street in Oak Cliff (Dallas) announced their elected officers. Dallas District Attorney Henry C. Wade gives the big speech. R.E. Davis is elected chaplain.
1956 - December 15, 1956. In Parkersburg, WV, William Branham describes William D. Upshaw as being confined to his wheelchair for sixty-six years. According to Branham, Upshaw was a Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Branham describes an “Aunt Jemima” disrupting the meeting with a big scream, “knocking ushers right and left” as she came to the platform.
1957 - January 20, 1957. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham mentions a phrase Davis commonly used: Like pouring peas on a dry cowhide"
1957 - January 25. In Lima, OH, William Branham described Roy Davis as a preacher of “Divine Healing.” (The same type of ministry Branham himself claimed to have.)
1957 - March 6, 1957, R.E. Davis Sr. writes a letter to the editor in the Dallas Morning News. He praises Dallas District Attorney Henry C. Wade, tells people to quit meddling in Wade’s business. Note: Henry Wade gave a speech to the Odd Fellows.
1957 - March 6, 1957. In Phoenix, AZ, William Branham describes Doctor [of Divinity] Roy Davis as his teacher. Branham claimed that Davis was a lawyer before his conversion and “took everything from a legal standpoint in the Bible.” He describes Davis sticking his finger up his mouth during the service if he disagreed with Branham’s statements. Branham claimed Davis described several of his cases when he was practicing law.
1957 - April 7, 1957. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham described William D. Upshaw as having a broken back forced to be moved around in a wheelchair for sixty-six when Roy Davis sent him to see Branham.
1957 - July 27, 1957. In Tacoma, WA, William Branham describes being ordained in the Missionary Baptist Church. He describes Davis as a minister from Big Springs, Texas. He claimed that Davis’ church in Jeffersonville was not of the Pentecostal faith as Davis claimed, but sovereign Baptist.
1957 - September 8, 1957. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham describes Roy Davis’ printing press in Jeffersonville, and the “paper” that Davis printed. Branham claims that the press and paper was burned with fire while it was printing copies. Branham claimed that this was in response to Davis calling him a “puppet.” Then he compared Davis to the Bible as the fulfillment of the parable of the man sewing seed dressed in white.
1957 - December 29, 1957. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham describes conversing with Davis after his alleged angelic visitation (1945).
1958 - February 21, 1958, Roy Davis Sr. gives speech at the Danish Room in the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas to the Oak Cliff White Citizens Council about the impending School Integration issue. Stated “he would rather die or be put in prison then allow Negro children be integrated with White children in Dallas White Schools”.
1958 - March 25, 1958. In Middletown, OH, William Branham describes conversing with Davis after his alleged angelic visitation (1945).
1958 - May 18, 1958, Roy Davis signs petition circulated by Rev. Carey Daniel (President of White Citizens Council of America) along with 330 other Dallas Clergy. Petitions states: “I believe forced integration is wrong and I am opposed to the mixing of White and Negro children in our public schools”.
1958 - May 21, 1958. In Bangor, ME, William Branham described being ordained in Roy Davis’ church. Branham describes Davis sending Upshaw to his meeting for healing.
1958 - June 1958, in a FBI document (confidential informant) states the Roy E. Davis Sr. Grand Dragon, broke away from the U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan organization and formed the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Eldon Lee Edwards, Grand Wizard (Atlanta, GA) visits Dallas and convinces Klan members there to rejoin the U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Dallas Klan members were disgruntled with Davis over mishandling funds. Note: Davis had a cross burning at his home in Dallas in 1958 and had to call the Dallas Police out. Most likely it was these disgruntled Dallas Klan members. The U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was Eldon Lee Edwards consolidation Klan effort made up of various chapters of KKK in the south. Edwards died in 1960.
1958 - June 20, 1958, Roy Davis Sr. is elected President of the Oak Cliff White Citizens Council (OCWCC) as per FBI document. In another FBI document it is noted that the “vehement” members of the Texas White Citizens Council left that group to join OCWCC, because the Texas White Citizens Council was made up with a bunch of lawyers that only wanted to sign petitions. Other members include Addie Barlow Frazier (Dixie Leber).
1958 - June 25, 1958, Rev. R.E. Davis shows up at a Dallas School Board meeting along with 2 other members of the OCWCC, Addie Barlow Frazier (Dixie Leber) and Lloyd S. Riddle. Also in attendance was Earl Thornton (Klan member, JBS, owner of Thornton Electric). They discussed integration and segregation. Two black men also showed up, a Prophet M.D Willet (preacher from Little Rock, AR) and local Dallas NAACP rep, Edwin C. Washington. Washington is booed by the white segregationists.
1958 - August 26, 1958, in a FBI document, Roy E. Davis makes a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas and gives some membership papers unknowingly to an FBI KKK informant for safekeeping. Appears Davis was perhaps making another membership drive for his Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Names revealed were Dallas men, one of them was M.H. Brumley. Brumley was a Dallas Police Intelligence detective and most likely a plant by the DPD to gain information on the Dallas KKK. Dallas Police Jesse Curry mentioned he used his cops at times to join these extremist groups for Intel reasons.
1959 - March 28, 1959, Roy E. Davis is interviewed by UP reporter in Dallas. Davis declares himself as a retired Baptist preacher and Imperial Klan Dragon of the KKK in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas (most likely the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, as reporter was not aware of KKK groups or terminology). Davis exaggerates the Dallas County Klan membership at 40 -45,000 strong (see February 11, 1961). Also he tells reporter that some of his Klan members are State legislators, primarily from East Texas. Davis also says he has policemen, lawyers and ministers in his Klan group. Davis also claims membership in Houston area around 1,000 strong. He tells reporter that he instructed his Klan members not to be involved with the Little Rock, Arkansas crisis (school integration). States: The Little Rock crisis was probably brought about by Communists. We believe the doctrines of the NAACP are opposed to the concept of Americanism and are Communist inspired in several instances”. Davis is clearly lying to this reporter on his membership and exaggerating his position for PR purposes.
1959 - April 9, 1959. In Los Angeles, CA, Lily Upshaw, William D. Upshaw’s widow, attends one of William Branham’s meetings. Branham described Roy Davis sending Upshaw to Branham for healing.
1959 - April 19, 1958. In Los Angeles, CA, William Branham describes meeting his first wife Hope Brumbach (leader of the youth ministry in Davis’ church in Jeffersonville), and describes their first visit to Davis’ Missionary [Pentecostal] Baptist Church. Though he was an elder and ordained in it, Branham claimed that he never joined Davis’s church. He claimed that Davis ordained him and he became the minister of his own tabernacle.
1959 - May 20, 1959, Roy E. Davis, National Imperial Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan in a UPI dispatch from Dallas said the Klan were not responsible for a bunch of posters that were posted in and around the city of Texarkana. Evidently the posters had death threats on them. He told the UPI reporter that he had been in the Klan for 43 years (back to 1916) and condemns the posters.
1959 - May 28, 1959, in Texarkana, TX, Roy E. Davis identified himself as the Imperial Dragon of the National Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He said recruiting posters found in Texarkana were not from his group, but from an Arkansas group of wannabe Klan members headed up by a Texarkana attorney (George F. Edwards). Davis said Edwards was ejected by him.The Arkansas group also consisted of Minutemen.
1959 - May 30, 1959, George F. Edwards is interviewed in Texarkana concerning his KKK group. Edwards responds to Roy E. Davis’ charge of the Association of Arkansas Klans was made up of banished Klansmen with Edwards in charge. The Texarkana Gazette called for all lawyers to banish any lawyer associated with the KKK. Edwards admits new interest in his group due to the posters in Texarkana.
1959 - June 7, 1959, the Arkansas Gazette does a story on the Klan. It cites a revival of the KKK in 1955, due mostly to the Supreme Court “Brown vs. Board of Education” school integration. The article goes through the various KKK groups in 1959, and it names U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Eldon Lee Edwards, Atlanta, GA) as having a nationwide membership from 12-15,000. The article cites the Rylie, TX unit as being affiliated with U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. From there it cites Roy E. Davis as being a member of that Rylie, TX U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. However the article states that Roy E. Davis was expelled from that group.
1959 - June 9, 1959, in Little Rock, Arkansas, A.C. Hightower declares himself as the Grand Dragon of the newly chartered (1 week old) U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Arkansas. This is Eldon Lee Edward’s united Klan (Atlanta, GA). Arkansas is very leary of the Klan and fought to keep it out. Even Arkansas Governor Fabus, an ardent racist who fought the Little Rock Central High School integration efforts, publicly bad-mouthed them. Hightower states Roy E. Davis was banished from the Klan (most likely U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan). The article goes on to explain the other Arkansas Klan group out of Texarkana is Association of Arkansas Klans with it’s only member, George F. Edwards (Davis’ nemensis).
1959 - July 7, 1959. In Cleveland, TN, William Branham described being ordained by Doctor [of Divinity] Roy E. Davis.
1959 - Unknown month and day. Roy E. Davis writes a scorching letter to his KKK nemesis in Texarkana, lawyer George F. Edwards. Davis heard through some of his Klan members meeting at the Odd Fellows in Texarkana (Texas side) about Edwards bad-mouthing him. He challenges Edwards to a debate, and asks him to bring his “ADL” literature (Jewish Anti-Deformation League). He signs the letter R.E. Davis, National Imperial Dragon, Knights of the Original Ku Klux Klan.
1959 - Unknown month and day. Letter sent to “Patriots and Klansmen of Arkansas” warning them to beware of Davis’ enemies George F. Edwards (Texarkana lawyer), Eldon Lee Edwards (Grand Wizard of the US Klans in Atlanta), and the ADL. The letter was sent on behalf of the “Original Ku Klux Klan.”
1959 - August 24, 1959. 200 gather to hear Florida’s leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Imperial Wizard “Lon” Davis unmasked himself before the crowd.
1960 - October 10, 1960, R.E. Davis writes letter to editor in Dallas Morning News titled “Back Turned on South”. Davis states he always supported the Democratic party, but will not support the Kennedy-Johnson presidential ticket. Praises the Morning News for endorsement or support of Vice-President Nixon.
1960 - December 11, 1960. In Jeffersonville, IN, Branham describes being baptized by Roy E. Davis under the Oneness Pentecostal baptism of “the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ” when he was a child.
1961 - January 1, 1961. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham describes Roy Davis singing “Steal Away And Pray With Jesus.”
1961 - February 10, 1961, the Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock) states a big Klan membership drive was underway in Northwestern Louisiana. The paper reports R.E. Davis, self-styled National Imperial Wizard of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had been in Louisiana for 6 months and several days in Shreveport. Davis states that the Shreveport area had 1,000 men strong and 3 more charters were to be issued. Davis went on to explain that he will be organizing a Woman’s Unit called the White Karmellia next week. Davis says the Klan’s aims are “were to fight for states rights, constitutional government and White Supremacy”. Davis also said “Negroes were turning the White Man’s government into a Mongrel government”. He went on to say the Klan would not let them do it, regardless of what this statement may imply”.
1961 - February 11, 1961, R.E. Davis Sr. is interviewed by Dallas Morning News on Klan in Texas. Davis claims Klan membership in Texas is small. Davis denies he did any membership drives in Louisiana (LIE) and was not connected with the Overton Brooks cross burning incident in Shreveport. Davis also states he does not condone lawlessness. Also he said the Klan would do every legal thing possible to fight school integration.
1961 - February 16, 1961, Newsmen were blind-folded and taken to a Klan meeting in a wooden area near Shreveport, LA. Roy Davis was not present, but claims there were 5 chapters of his Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Northwest Louisiana.
1961 - April 13, 1961. In Bloomington, IL, William Branham describes Roy Davis sending Congressman Upshaw into his meeting in Los Angeles California. Branham claimed that he saw a vision of the former congressman being healed.
1961 - April 7, 1961, R.E. Davis is questioned in Shreveport, LA over the Democrat Louisiana Representative Overton Brooks home cross burning incident on February 8, 1961. Suspected Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan members were involved. Imperial Wizard Davis states he suspected Shreveport members of his KKK did it. Davis claims there are 35 chapters of his Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana with big ones in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. It appears that Davis is not in control of his Klan group.
1961 - April 25, 1961. In Chicago, IL, William Branham claimed that he left Roy Davis’ Baptist Church to become Pentecostal. Though Davis introduced him into his “first Pentecostal assembly,” Branham claimed that he knew nothing about the Pentecostals until he saw a vision and left Davis’ church.
1961 - June 1, 1961. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham describes Roy Davis’ church in Jeffersonville being burnt to the ground. He claimed that afterward, the people were “scattered sheep without a shepherd.”
1962 - March 1962. Roy E. Davis is identified as one of the picketers at the Dallas Theater Center in Highland Park (Dallas). Dallas Police said Roy Davis and Charles Powell Sr. (JBS member) were responsible for the protest. The picketers were protesting the plays showing there as Communist inspired. A mysterious committee wrote Paul Ragiordosky (Dallas Theater Center President) some condemnation letters about communist playwrights and actors. Ragiordosky turned the letters over to the FBI and the FBI contacted Dallas Police. The FBI revealed the Dallas Police identified Davis while monitoring the protest. The FBI revealed also the U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Eldon Lee Edward’s Klan Atlanta, GA) through a informant that this group charted it’s U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Realm of Texas Klavern in Rylie (suburb of Dallas) on December 12, 1957. They used the cover group name of Soldiers of the Flaming Sword as not to call attention to them as a KKK group (obvious old Roy Davis KKK name). Roy Davis left this group in June of 1958 and started his Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1959, the U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was falling apart and without a Texas Klan leader. Grady S. Frazier (not sure if related or married to Dixie Leber) was trying to lead and reorganize the group. Grady S. Frazier ran a Texaco Service Station in Dallas.
1962 - November 11, 1962. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham describes being ordained by Roy Davis. He claims that he separated from Davis over doctrinal teaching.
1963 - July 21, 1963. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham describes Roy Davis as a personal friend who baptized him. He compared Davis’ baptizing him to John baptizing Jesus.
1963 - August 3, 1963. In Chicago, IL, William Branham described Davis ordaining and baptizing him. Again, Branham compared Davis’ baptizing him to John baptizing Jesus.
1963 - November 14, 1963. In New York, NY, William Branham described Davis ordaining and baptizing him. Again, Branham compared Davis’ baptizing him to John baptizing Jesus. Immediately afterwards, a woman begins to speak in tongues.
1963 - November 30, 1963. In Shreveport, LA, William Branham described Roy Davis ordaining him and sending William D. Upshaw for healing. Branham claimed that he never heard of Upshaw.
1964 - February 9, 1964. In Bakersfield, CA, William Branham describes being ordained by Roy Davis in Davis’ Missionary [Pentecostal] Baptist Church.
1964 - March 8, 1964. In Dallas, TX, William Branham is expecting Roy Davis to be in attendance at the meeting. He describes Davis as his teacher, and the one wh obaptized him into the Pentecostal faith at Davis’ Missionary [Pentecostal] Baptist Church. Branham describes Davis as being from Fort Worth, TX.
1964 - April 12, 1964. In Birmingham, AL, William Branham described being ordained by Doctor [of Divinity] Roy E. Davis from Fort Worth Texas. At the end of the sermon, Branham holds a mock court trial, and paints a picture of calling William D. Upshaw as his witness. He claims Upshaw told him that he was the head speaker for the Southern Baptist Convention, and that Doctor [of Divinity] Roy E. Davis sent Upshaw to the meeting.
1964 - April 27, 1964. In Tucson, AZ, William Branham described being ordained as a minister by Doctor [of Divinity] Roy E. Davis at age 17. (1925 or 1926). Branham claimed that Davis’ church burned down at the time he was the assistant pastor, and that Davis moved to the mountains near Van Horn, TX.
1964 - August 30, 1964. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham recognized “Brother Fleeman” who was a member of Roy Davis’ congregation. Branham asks if he remembers Kenneth Adcock, and describes a picture he has of them together with Doctor [of Divinity] Roy E. Davis. He also asks “Brother Fleeman” if he remembers F. F. Bosworth.
1965 - February 18, 1965. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham described preaching on the same grounds where Roy Davis was a pastor. Branham described being an elder in Davis’ church.
1965 - May 18, 1965. The Federal Bureau of Investigation claimed that Mississippi residents made every effort to “frustrate” agents investigating the murder of three civil rights workers. The F. B. I. was investigating the murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney who disappeared after being held on a traffic violation. It was annonced that the main Klan organization in Louisiana was led by Wizard Roy E. Davis.
1965 - October 20, 1965. Leadership of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Bogalusa, LA was passed from Royal Virgil Young Sr. (a former railroad engineer) to Roy E. Davis of Jonesboro, LA. The group reported 1000 members.
1966 - Roy E. Davis Sr. dies August 12, 1966. He is buried at Restland Memorial Park cemetery in Dallas.
1967 - December 11, 1967. The Present Day Ku Klux Klan Movement Report is presented to the Ninetieth Congress First Session by the Committee on Un-American Activities. The report describes Roy Davis reactivating the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana in 1960 after the state having no effective activity for several decades. Davis held the title of Imperial Wizard of the Original Ku Klux Klan
2004 - Allie Lee Davis died November 7, 2004. She is buried next to Roy Davis Sr. at Restland Memorial Park cemetery in Dallas.