Stone Mountain To Dallas
The Untold Story of Roy E. Davis
Follow the misadventures of the Reverend Roy E. Davis as he migrates across the country, helping to establish the nation's second Ku Klux Klan. Stone Mountain to Dallas will take you back to a time and place when the South was feeling the pains of Reconstruction, and walk you through history until the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. Virtually untold until now, the story of Roy E. Davis will shock you as you learn how one single man played such a big role in the formation of multiple white supremacy groups, and surprise you to learn that the effects of his work are long-lasting. Follow the life story of Roy E. Davis, from his days as official spokesman for the Klan where he held public speeches and debates with Imperial Wizard William Joseph Simmons to his money scams with former Congressman William D. Upshaw of Georgia, to creating a religious cult following through the ministry of William M. Branham, which eventually led to his promotion to Imperial Grand Dragon of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Deep Study: Roy E. Davis, Imperial Wizard of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
In an article of "Voice of Healing" magazine published October 1950, it was advertised that the Reverend Roy E. Davis Sr. was William Branham
's first pastor. According to Davis, he could "write more intimately of Billy Branham than any living minister." Also according to Davis, he was a member of the Fort Worth, Texas Chamber of Commerce, born and raised near Fort Worth, and ordained to preach the Gospel in a well-known Baptist church in Texas. For a brief period of time, Davis hung his hat in Jeffersonville, Indiana, during which time he introduced William Branham to the Pentecostal religion.
"I am the minister who received Brother Branham into the first Pentecostal assembly he ever frequented. I baptized him, and was his pastor for some two years.
I also preached his ordination sermon, and signed his ordination certificate, and heard him preach his first sermon."
- Rev. Roy E. Davis.
William Branham acknowledged this several times throughout his ministry, adding titles to Davis such as "doctor" or "lawyer."
When I was first converted and was ordained in the Baptist church, I had a good old teacher by the name of Dr. Roy Davis. He was a lawyer before his conversion, and he took everything from a legal standpoint in the Bible.
- Branham, 57-0306 - God Keeps His Word
Roy Elonza Davis, Sr. was reared in Texas, but he did not remain there for the largest portion of his life.
After being caught cheating and swindling the people of Texas in 1917, he fled to Georgia posing as a travelling evangelist
and singer under the alias "Lon Davis." He pastored multiple churches in Georgia under that name,
the most of interesting of which was in
Acworth, GA where he was removed from the congregation for "conduct unbecoming a minister."
It was during this time that William Joseph Simmons declared himself to be the Imperial Wizard of the second iteration of the Ku Klux Klan,
reviving the white knights as a fraternal organization. Georgia state congressman William D. Upshaw
was a close friend to Simmons, and described him as a "knightly man" and helped the Klan survive its first congressional investigation.
Davis helped write the consitition for the Invisible Empire, as well as their by-laws and ritual. Also
during this time, and under his real name of Reverend Roy. E. Davis, he began holding lectures to promote the interests of the Ku Klux Klan.
According to multiple newspapers, Davis was an "Offical Spokesman for the Ku Klux Klan." Filling convention halls and collecting sign-up fees, Davis began asking followers to support his political agenda. Davis claimed that the Klan were not as bad as the skeptics had made them to be. He said that the Ku Klux Klan was "not anti-negro, Jewish, or catholic" and that the Klan "favored white supremacy but by lawful and peaceful means."
At the time, Davis was the chief editor of the Brickbat, a newspaper published in Meigs, Georgia, as well as the head of the Georgia Farmer's Union. Davis began spreading his propaganda through the publication, and suddenly found himself in trouble with the Georgia criminal system. He was arrested on charges of criminal libel against one Katy Lee Kirk.
After it was made public that Davis was spreading false information, his reputation began to quickly fade. People began to question his motives and intentions. Some went so far as to hire a private investigator to follow the minister on his evangelistic trips, and were shocked to learn that the Reverend Roy E. Davis who lived in Georgia was living a dual life in multiple cities and states of the U. S.
In Macon, Georgia, it was announced that Davis would no longer be operating as head of the Georgia Farmer's union. A dual committee was gathered to review the findings of the investigation, and decided that he would be fired immediately.
Davis left Georgia, singing and evangelizing in multiple states across the country.
His advertised trail leads through North and South Carolina, Tennessee,
Oklahoma, however one can assume that he travelled through many more locations
throughout the United States. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Davis was accused of being part of a pyramid scheme that was accumulating millions of dollars
as a royal ambassador of the Knights of the Flaming Sword. The organization was founded by William Joseph Simmons,
who also founded the second Ku Klux Klan of which Davis was an official spokesman. Davis claimed that Simmons was "Moses of the present
order of things," and explained that Simmons had left the Klan for not receiving the money that was due him.
When he left Tennessee for Kentucky, Davis was met with harsh opposition. According to the Louisville Courier Journal, Davis was arrested for bringing a
seventeen-year-old girl from Chattanooga, Tennessee for sexual pleasure. At the time he was arrested, Davis was preaching from a "Pentecostal Baptist Church" at the "Holy Bible Mission Hall" on 711 E. Jefferson Street in Louisville, KY. His son, Roy E. Davis Jr. was a trustee at his church.
But this was not the only trouble Davis would face in Kentucky. Multiple charges of fraud, forgery, and more would place Davis in and out of jail.
Davis fled across the river to Jeffersonville, Indiana to escape some of the charges.
There, Davis connected with William Branham and started a new church also named
"Pentecostal Baptist Church" where Davis would claim to base his evangelistic missions.
Continuing a life of crime, Davis would be arrested more in Indiana. Eventually, the State of Indiana would extradite Davis to Kentucky for his crimes in that state,
though he would still continue to claim residence in Indiana. During this time, members of his church combined with William Branham to hold tent meetings of their
own and eventually move into Branham's "Pentecostal Tabernacle" on the corner of 8th and Penn Street which would eventually become the Branham Tabernacle.
At the same time Roy pastored his church, his brother, the Reverend Daniel S. Davis pastored the "Baptized Church of God Pentecostal Church" on Mechanic
Street in Jeffersonville. Later, Daniel would become the head of the East Market Street Mission in Louisville, Kentucky.
Interestingly, William Branham gives us a hint that the Klan was very active in Jeffersonville at the time he was in the early stages of his career:
"We didn't even have food to eat, in the house, so how could we pay a hospital bill, hundreds of dollars? But she, through her church society and the Ku Klux Klan, paid the hospital bill for me, Mason's."
- Branham, 63-1110M
While in Jeffersonville, Davis become acquainted with a very wealthy Miss Laura Belle Eaken, a disabled woman under the legal guardian ship of
Wilmer T. Fox. Eaken had created a will, with Fox as the executor and several members of Jeffersonville and their offspring as heirs to her estate.
But after she died, Davis claimed that she had executed a will making him sole beneficiary. He filed a lawsuit in the Clark County Court system to
claim ownership of her estate, which angered a large number of people in tow.
According to William Branham, Davis' church in Jeffersonville was burned to the ground. After this event, we find Branham preaching from tents in
Jeffersonville and Davis preaching as an evangelist in New Albany.
His travels were halted when Governor Chandler of Kentucky extradited Davis to Hot Springs Arkansas. Davis was involved in the investigation of a murder,
and had stolen an automobile. He had jumped bond in Jeffersonville for defrauding a Kentucky woman, was once again basing his operations in Louisville.
During the Dust Bowl, Davis fled Louisville and began preaching around the state of Oklahoma. We find the evangelist advertised speaking at Masonic Order
of the Eastern Star meetings, and he happears to
have been affiliated with the Masons to some extent. Coincidentally, when Davis' campaign came into town, the
newspapers also advertised large meetings for Eastern Star members. This is interesting, because above the
door to William Branham's original tabernacle hung the Eastern Star tilted slightly to the right as was typical
of the emblem for the Masonic order. Also, his sister Deloris was described in her obituary as being a lifelong member
of the Branham Tabernacle and the Eastern Star.
"All my people are Masons, and they're all right as a lodge."
- Branham, 61-0414 - Be Not Afraid, It Is I
In 1944, the men would leave Oklahoma for the San Bernardino California area, where they were almost caught by the F.B.I.
The Reverend Roy E. Davis pastor the the "Upland First Missionary Baptist Church", and both Junior and Senior
appear to have shared the pulpit. It was during this time that Davis reconnected with
former Congressman Upshaw, and purchased a resort to build an orphanage.
Davis claimed that the idea for an orphanage came to him in a "vision"
as he ate a peach. But Roy Davis Sr. was soon arrested after being accused of swindling people out of money and for posing as an F.B.I. agent. The real F.B.I. investigators had local police hold Davis on "food related charges" while they
gathered evidence to convict him. During the process of the investigation, it
was announced that Roy E. Davis had felony charges in Texas for swindling.
Not long after, Roy E. Davis, Sr. moved back to Texas and the article was published in the Voice of Healing Magazine.
It is unclear whether or not both Senior and Junior relocated to Texas at the same time, because this is the last trace of
Junior to be found. And it is unclear where, exactly, Roy E. Davis relocated to. It appears from Klan-related articles
published in Georgia, Texas, and Louisiana that Davis was again living a dual life in multiple states.
While living in Texas, Davis organized and operated the largest Klan sect in Louisiana called
"The Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan." At the time, little was known about the leader,
just that he was "a man named Davis from Texas." Interestingly William Branham gives several locations for Davis during this time period:
- Dallas, Texas - Branham, 55-0227E
- Big Springs, Texas - Branham, 57-0727
- Davis Mountains, Texas - Branham, 64-0313
- Fort Worth, Texas - Branham, 64-0412
- Van Horn, Texas - Branham, 64-0427
But it isn't until 1959 that things get interesting. At a large meeting in Samsula, Florida, a Klan rally was held. And during this rally, something happened that was unheard of during the gathering. The Imperial Grand Wizard, the leader of the Ku Klux Klan, took off his mask and presented himself in plain sight. When doing so, he claimed that he was "Lon Davis," the same alias that Roy E. Davis used in Georgia when he was found to be living a dual life in Georgia and Texas. "Lon Davis" presented himself as a 71-year-old ordained Baptist minister from Dallas, TX.
Years later, after investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it was learned that the Imperial Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan was actually Roy Elonza Davis, Sr. It is the middle name for Davis that helps us bind all of the many newspaper articles together, and link them to William Branham's mentor. According to Texas state records, Reverend Roy Elonza Davis Sr. was the father of Roy Ennis Davis Jr. This confirms the swindlers in the state of California, and gives us his wife's name. Through his wife, and through the District Attorney statements concerning his swindling people in Texas, we can bind him to the
Georgia Davis living dual identities. And through genealogy records listing his siblings, we can match Roy E. Davis, Sr. to the obituary for his brother in Louisville, Kentucky. With the archives of the Jeffersonville Evening News available in the Jeffersonville public library, we can place Roy E. Davis Sr., Roy E. Davis Jr., and Daniel S. Davis in Jeffersonville helping William Branham get started into his evangelistic career, just as both Roy Davis and William Branham state in their testimonies. The Imperial Wizard of the White Knights was William Branham's teacher.
It gets even more interesting after the election of President Kennedy. The Ku Klux Klan was strongly opposed to the Democrat, and started using hate speech to promote the idea that by having this Catholic President in office, the nation would come to ruin. It was during the height of this propaganda that William Branham gives us a hint that he is of the same political persuasion as the Ku Klux Klan:
One of the greatest mistakes that the colored race ever made was down in Louisiana and over in there when they voted for Kennedy the other night, and put him in. They actually spit on that dress of Abraham Lincoln where the blood of the Republican Party that freed them; and voted a Catholic—which Booth shot Lincoln and he died for the race of people to free them and make them not slaves, and then turn around and vote for a Democrat and a Catholic besides. They brought one of the greatest disgraces they ever brought them. Because why? The white man with his scholarship has give them a lot of ballyhoo. That's exactly right. I'm so glad there's many of them knows where they—where they stand. Be the same as me spitting on Christ that healed me, and saved me from being a sinner, and turn against Him for something else; turn my back upon Him and walk away. 146 Oh, this interbreeding. Oh, how, how can the world go on much longer? No wonder the vision of the Lord says here that I seen it finally come to a spot where she's just one big smoldering heap. She was blowed up. We're on the road out, friends. There's no way to—no way… There's no way around it. We've got to come to it; face it. Hybreeding…
- Branham, 60-1113 - Condemnation By Representation
When examining his sermons as compared to the political agenda and doctrinal stance of the Ku Klux Klan, William Branham surprisingly appears to be more aligned than many realize. One of the doctrines Branham claims to be "fundamental" for salvation is an idea he calls "Serpent's Seed." This is the theological stance that sin entered the world through the sexual union between Eve, mother of all living, and the serpent in the Garden of Eden. This ideology is used by the Klan to racial hatred and abuse, as well as the oppression of women, by promoting the idea of supremacy in the white race. Believing that their bloodline is "pure," they produce hate-speech propaganda against the other races.
Just like it was on The Serpent's Seed, but it's absolutely proven to be right. I got papers right here, out of the paper, where women right now… and even in—in the great… Some of the great dioceses has got the pictures of the original, a snake crawling on a woman's leg, and just in how it goes around her; she has all kinds of sensations and things, something a man could never touch her with, with this huge snake wrapping around her, and so forth. That's exactly the truth. And it's going worse and worse, and will get worse. Serpent, which he was not, he could not have had the sex affair with her when he was a serpent, but remember…
- Branham, 65-0221M - Marriage And Divorce
After John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were immediately under investigation for conspiracy to murder the President of the United States. It was a highly organized operation, with trails of conspiracy from every angle. Though Lee Harvey Oswald was credited with the kill shot, it was believed that several shots from several angles had killed the President.
On November 9, 1963, a Miami police informant named William Somersett met with Joseph A. Milteer, a wealthy right-wing extremist who promptly began to outline the assassination of President Kennedy. During the course of his testimony, he declared that Dallas Klan Leader R. E. Davis was one of the actual triggermen in the assassination of the president. Instantly, Davis was the target of a Secret Service investigation. And interestingly, the Secret Service has destroyed their records on Roy E.
Davis. But in the aftermath of the events that unfolded, "R. E. Davis" was named Roy Elonza Davis.
Interestingly enough, of the four distinct Klan organizations in Louisiana which were described, the largest was the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, headed by the Imperial Wizard identified as "a man named Davis from Dallas Texas. "Davis" appears to be Roy Elonza "R. E." Davis. Willie Somerset named Dallas Klan leader R. E. Davis as one of the actual triggermen in the assassination of the president. Davis became the subject of a Secret Service investigation, based on Somersett's allegations in connection with the assassination. In response to the author's Freedom of Information Act request, the Secret Service stated they had destroyed their records on Davis. Roy Elonza Davis was a member of the Dallas Indignant White Citizens' Council, which was described as "an extremist organization composed of people opposing integration of the races."
- Caufield, General Walker And The Murder Of President Kennedy
It was also in 1963 that William Branham (who claimed to be a prophet) starting using a story to describe Davis (the man who baptized him), which could be
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. 20 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?
Was Roy E. Davis really a triggerman? If not, to what extent was he involved? When one studies the full and complete history of Roy E. Davis, it is evident that political agenda drove his evangelistic campaigns. Through those campaigns, many ministers were created to spread his Klan agenda. How did William Branham meet Davis, and what made him decide to become an elder in his Pentecostal church during the short period of time Davis was avoiding criminal charges in Kentucky? Was William Branham part of Davis's strategy to spread the political agendas of the Ku Klux Klan?
Notes About the Research:
This publication is the result of research that began in 2013. At the time, we had evidence to suggest that William Branham's mentor, Roy E. Davis, was just a Grand Dragon for the Ku Klux Klan. We were unable to link Davis to the Louisiana Imperial Wizard who unmasked himself before the public. Nor were we able to link Branham's mentor to the Kennedy assassination through anything beyond assumption. Nor were we able to link the many articles of the "singing evangelist" to Branham's mentor; there was more than one evangelist with the name "Roy Davis" though the middle names vary.
Recently, newspaper articles have been made available through indexed searches by the Courier Journal Newspaper of Louisville Kentucky that were either not available to us in 2013 or that we had missed. The obituary article published for Davis's brother Daniel, when combined with Texas grave site information, is the key to linking all of the articles together.
Interestingly, like William Branham, Roy E. Davis used multiple birth years. Though Texas State records are consistent on his date of death, there is a two-year variance in his year of birth. This complication is amplified by the fact that he named his son with the same first name and middle initial. Some state record links mix the two men together as one. When researching, one must separate the history of Roy "Elonza" with that of his son, Roy "Ennis."
The first question that arises when one begins to examine Davis's alleged involvement with the assassination of President Kennedy is, "Was William Branham involved?" Directly, William Branham could not have been involved. He was preaching a series of sermons in Jeffersonville, Indiana during the time of Kennedy's slaying. But as this was a highly organized event, one cannot know to what level William Branham could have been indirectly involved with its orchestration.
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NOTE: This timeline is a work in progress. More information coming. Check back often for the latest version.
- Roy Elonza Davis born April 28, 1890 in Omaha, Morris County, TX
- February 18, 1894, Emma Sabina Davis (Dowdy) born. This was Roy Davis Sr. first wife he married in Texas.
- June 14, 1909. Roy Davis was a stenographer and ticket clerk for the Southwestern Railroad in El Paso, Texas
- November 12, 1910. Roy Davis travels to the Sierra Madre for big game hunting.
- January 19, 1911. Roy Davis appointed chief of the Rock Island paying card department in El Paso, Texas.
- 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.
- Allie Lee Davis (Garrison) born August 6, 1913.
- February 8, 1915. "Birth of a Nation" silent film released promoting the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic and Christian organization.
- August 17, 1915. Leo Frank lynching in Georgia ignites the racial issues in the South.
- August, 1915. Second Ku Klux Klan formed on Stone Mountain, GA. William Joseph Simmons declares himself the Imperial Wizard of the Invisible Empire.
- January 10, 1916. Roy E. Davis swindles the First State Bank of Boonsville.
- 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.
- March 10,1916. Davis runs away to Georgia with a woman from Fort Worth.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- June 29, 1917, Roy Davis goes to prison over bank swindle in Decatur, TX
- Unknown month and day. Roy Davis gets new trial and the jury agrees to suspend his sentence for good behavior.
- January 15, 1919, Lon Davis in Adairsville, GA debates W.H. Bird of Fort Payne, AL Church of Christ on church principals and doctrines.
- 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.
- Summer, 1920. Roy Davis, under the alias "Lon Davis," becomes pastor of the Acworth Baptist church.
- June, 1921. Roy Davis, under the alias Lon Davis, holds a Ku Klux Klan meeting at the Acworth Baptist Church.
- 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.
- July, 1921. H. M. Williams receives threatening letter from the Ku Klux Klan.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- November 16, 1921. Roy Davis, wife, and daughter traveled to and returned from Detroit, Texas to Idabel OK.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- January 12, 1922, R.E. Davis is elected Mayor of Meigs, GA. Total votes were 226, first time women voted.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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
- June 30, 1923. Roy Davis fired from GA farmer’s union after being exposed as having lived dual life in Texas and Georgia.
- January 13, 1923. Roy Davis held Klan rally and claimed that the Invisible Empire was not anti-negro, anti-Catholic, or anti-Jewish.
- 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.
- May 29, 1923. Roy Davis is charged with fraud for the 1916 organ purchase for the Fairview Baptist Church
- June 27, 1923, criminal libel as brickbat editor
- 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.
- February 29, 1924. Roy Davis addresses large crowd in Chattenooga, TN, on behalf of the Knights of the Flaming Sword. In his speech, Davis admits that he has been banished from the Ku Klux Klan. He spoke very harshly against Hiram W. Evans, and claimed Evans' reorganization of the Klan was operated by Jews and foreigners.
- 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.
- 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.
- Unknown month and day. William Branham is ordained as a minister by Roy E. Davis.
- May 29, 1925. Tennessee Knights of the Flaming Sword turns against William Joseph Simmons. Roy Davis, former Royal Ambassador for the group is listed as living in Etowah, Tennessee.
- July 31, 1925. Nazarene church revival in Perry, OK
- April 21, 1927. Nazarene church revival in Perry, OK
- September 1, 1928. Nazarene church revival in Perry, OK
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- March 20, 1930. Roy Davis accused of fraud in Louisville by Mrs. Minnie Burgin and was held on $300 bond.
- March 22, 1930. Assistant Prosecutor William Bomar recommends fraud charges against Davis be dismissed.
- 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.
- October 12, 1930. Davis charged with violation of the Mann Act. Sixty women showed up at court to protest
- October 14, 1930. Davis indicted by grand jury violation Mann act
- November 3, 1930. Davis serves 10 days jail time after contempt of court when sixty women disrupt his trial.
- April 17, 1931. Roy Davis, Dan Davis, and Wilburn Lee Davis hold revival in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
- April 18, 1931. Jeffersonville Evening News announces that Roy Davis was pushing the paper to print one-sided articles.
- September 15, 1931. Davis charged with defrauding Miss Lelia Cain, but was released on $11,000 bond.
- September 25, 1931. Davis extradited from Jeffersonville to Louisville for defrauding Miss Lelia Cain. Jeffersonville newspaper states that Davis was choir director for
Ralph Rader's services until Rader terminated him.
- December 31, 1931. Davis places advertisement in the Louisville Courier Journal to purchase a printing press.
- July 6, 1932. Davis’ First Pentecostal Baptist Church of Jeffersonville enters the Southern Indiana Church Baseball League and defeats Henryville, Indiana 8 to 3.
- May 23, 1933. Roy E. Davis Jr. and Sr. sell Adams Street, Louisville KY church property to L. Rothermel Kirwan.
- William D. Upshaw holds meetings in Louisville, KY to promote prohibition.
- February 4, 1933. Hope Brumback (William’s fiance) leads devotional meeting in the Pentecostal Baptist Church.
- February 18, 1933. William Branham described in newspaper advertisement as an elder of the Davis’ Pentecostal Baptist Church.
- February 25, 1933. Hope Brumback (William’s fiance) leads the youth ministry in the Pentecostal Baptist Church.
- March 30, 1934. Roy Davis sues several parties in Jeffersonville (including churches, their members, and cemeteries) for the estate of Laura Belle Eaken.
- 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.
- August 13, 1935. Roy Davis sued by Rev. Ulrey. 250 people came to the trial.
- Unknown month and day. Arrested in Hot Springs, AR for disturbing the peace. Ordered to leave town.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- February 26, 1944. Roy Davis accused of mail tampering and theft of money donated by Mrs. Caroline McLeod to her son.
- 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.
- March 4, 1944. Roy Davis issued plea for reduction of $16,000 bail. Judge Charles L. Allison granted a writ of habeas corpus.
- March 15, 1944. Roy Davis charged for petty theft and illegal possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
- 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.
- 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.
- April 27, 2944. Roy Davis petitioned for another writ of habeas corpus, filed by Attorneys Julius J. Novack and Joseph T. Ciano.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- April 13, 1951. In Phoenix, AZ, William Branham refers to and confirms the Voice of Healing article
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- January 20, 1957. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham mentions a phrase Davis commonly used: Like pouring peas on a dry cowhide"
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- December 29, 1957. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham describes conversing with Davis after his alleged angelic visitation (1945).
- 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".
- March 25, 1958. In Middletown, OH, William Branham describes conversing with Davis after his alleged angelic visitation (1945).
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- July 7, 1959. In Cleveland, TN, William Branham described being ordained by Doctor [of Divinity] Roy E. Davis.
- 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.
- 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."
- August 24, 1959. 200 gather to hear Florida’s leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Imperial Wizard "Lon" Davis unmasked himself before the crowd.
- 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.
- 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.
- January 1, 1961. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham describes Roy Davis singing "Steal Away And Pray With Jesus."
- April 7, 1961. Roy E. Davis arrested in Shreveport, LA, for Klan activities. It was learned that several in his Klan organization had criminal record, and the police had a copy of Davis' long arrest record.
- 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". The Times (Shreveport) newspaper
featured Roy E. Davis wearing a white Klan robe. Davis said that "he is the only Klansman who can boast having all the degrees of the Klan conferred on him. He said that
he helped write the constitution, by-laws, and ritual of the original Klan when it was revived in 1915."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- November 11, 1962. In Jeffersonville, IN, William Branham describes being ordained by Roy Davis. He claims that he separated from Davis over doctrinal teaching.
- 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.
- August 3, 1963. In Chicago, IL, William Branham described Davis ordaining and baptizing him. Again, Branham compared Davis’ baptizing him to John baptizing Jesus.
- 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.
- 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.
- February 9, 1964. In Bakersfield, CA, William Branham describes being ordained by Roy Davis in Davis’ Missionary [Pentecostal] Baptist Church.
- 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.
- March, 1964. Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan records burned.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- June 26, 1965. Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan investigated for arms deal by the Internal Revenue Service. Roy E. Davis listed as leader of the organization whose headquarters in Jonesboro, LA.
- 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.
- Roy E. Davis Sr. dies August 12, 1966. He is buried at Restland Memorial Park cemetery in Dallas.
- 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
- Allie Lee Davis died November 7, 2004. She is buried next to Roy Davis Sr. at Restland Memorial Park cemetery in Dallas.
Newspaper Articles And Other Research
El Paso Herald Thu, Sep 19, 1912
Decatur Wise-County Messenger, Friday, May 26, 1917
Wise County Messenger Fri, Jun 29, 1917
Wise County Messenger Fri, Jun 29, 1917 (Page2)
The Liberal Democrat Thu, Aug 14, 1919
The Atlanta Constitution Fri, Jul 15, 1921
Wise County Messenger Fri, Aug_26, 1921
Wise County Messenger Fri, Aug_26, 1921 (Page 2)
The Hutchinson News Tue, May 30, 1922
The Waco News Tribune Fri, Sep 15, 1922
Reading Times Fri, Jan 12, 1923
The Nebraska State Journal Fri, Jan 12, 1923
Times Herald Sat, Jan 13, 1923
The Town Talk Mon, May 28, 1923
The Atlanta Constitution Mon, Jun 25, 1923
The Fourth Estate February 17, 1923
The Index Journal Sun, Jul 1, 1923
The Houston Post Sun, Jul 1, 1923
Tipton Daily Tribune, Friday, Feb 29, 1924
The Tennessean, Oct 4, 1924
The Tennessean, Jan 23, 1925
Lead Daily Call Fri, Jan 23, 1925
The Post Democrat, May 29, 1925
The Perry Journal Tue, Aug 28, 1928
The Perry Journal Sat, Sep 1, 1928
The Tennessean,September 2, 1928
The Tennessean, September 7, 1928
The Tennessean, September 9, 1929
The Tennessean, April 20, 1929
The Tennessean, January 7, 1929
The Courier Journal Wed, Feb 5, 1930
The Courier Journal Sat, Feb 8, 1930
The Courier Journal Thu, Feb 13, 1930
The Courier Journal Thu, Mar 20, 1930
The Courier Journal Sat, Mar 22, 1930
The Courier Journal Sun, Oct 12, 1930
The Courier Journal Tue, Oct 14, 1930
The Courier Journal Tue, Oct 14, 1930 (page 2)
The Courier Journal Sat, Nov 1, 1930
Statesville Record And Landmark Mon, Nov 3, 1930
Evening News, April 17, 1931
Evening News, April 18, 1931
The Courier Journal Wed, Sep 9, 1931
The Courier Journal Tue, Sep 15, 1931
The Courier Journal Fri, Sep 25, 1931
Evening News, September 25, 1931
The Courier Journal Tue, Dec 29, 1931
The Courier Journal Thu, Dec 31, 1931
Kingsport Times Sun, Oct 30, 1932
Kingsport Times Sun, Nov 6, 1932
Kingsport Times Sun, Dec 18, 1932
Kingsport Times Sun, Dec 18, 1932 (Page 2)
The Evening News, Feb 4 1933
The Evening News Feb 18 1933
The Evening News Feb 25 1933
The Courier Journal Tue, May 23, 1933
Evening News, January 6, 1934
Evening News, January 14, 1934
Evening News, January 20, 1934
Evening News, January 27, 1934
Evening News, February 3, 1934
Kingsport Times Sun, Feb 25, 1934
Sale of Pentecostal Tabernacle.
Evening News, August 10, 1935
Evening News, August 13, 1935
The Times, Friday April 23, 1937
Evening News, July 19, 1937
Courier Journal, September 23, 1939
The Cincinnati Enquirer Sat, Jan 14, 1939
The San Bernardino County Sun Sun, Aug 8, 1943
The San Bernardino County Sun Wed, Apr 19, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Sat, Feb 19, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Sun, Feb 20, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Tue, Feb 22, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Mon, Feb 26, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Mon, Feb 28, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Sat, Mar 4, 1944
Nevada State Journal Wed, Mar 15, 1944
Los Angeles Times, April 19, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Mon, Apr 20, 1944
Los Angeles Times, April 21, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Sat, Apr 22, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Thu, Apr 27, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Sat, Apr 29, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Sat, May 6, 1944
San Bernardino County Sun, Sept 12, 1944
The Chula Vista Star Fri, Nov 17, 1944
The San Bernardino County Sun Thu, Feb 1, 1945
The San Bernardino County Sun Sun, Feb 18, 1945
The Bonham Daily Favorite, January 5, 1949
The Bonham Daily Favorite, May 6, 1949
The Courier Journal Wed, Jun 15, 1949
Hood County News-Tablet, April 20, 1950
Hood County News-Tablet, May 16, 1950
Voice of Healing, October 1950
The Corpus Christi Caller Times, June 16, 1951
Hope Star Wed, Jun 27, 1951
The Waco Citizen, August 15, 1957
Lubbock Morning Avalanche, March 28, 1958
Lubbock Morning Avalanche, March 28, 1958 (Part 2)
Oak Cliff White Citizens Council Investigation
Dallas Morning News June 26, 1958
FBI Investigation for the Central High School Desegregation Melee.
Kingsport News Mon, Aug 24, 1959
1959 Klan Letter
The Odessa American Tue, Aug 25, 1959
The Odessa American Tue, Aug 25, 1959
The Odessa American Tue, Aug 25, 1959
Dallas Morning News Oct 10, 1960
The Times (Shreveport), January 20, 1961 (photo)
The Times (Shreveport), January 20, 1961 (article)
The Times (Shreveport), Feb 9, 1961
The Times (Shreveport), Feb 9, 1961
The Times (Shreveport), Feb 10, 1961
The Times (Shreveport), Feb 10, 1961 (Page 2)
The Times (Shreveport), Feb 10, 1961 (Page 4)
The Times (Shreveport), Feb 11, 1961
The Times (Shreveport), Feb 11, 1961 (part 2)
The Times (Shreveport), Feb 21, 1961
Dallas Morning News, Feb 11, 1961
Arkansas Gazette Feb 11, 1961
Dallas Morning News, Apr 7, 1961
The Times (Shreveport), April 7, 1961
The Times (Shreveport), April 7, 1961 (part 2)
The Times (Shreveport), April 7, 1961 (part 3)
FBI Investigation of Roy E. Davis For The JFK assassination
Caufield, General Walker And The Murder Of President Kennedy - Cover
Caufield, General Walker And The Murder Of President Kennedy
Fifty Reasons Why You Should Be A Member of the Original Ku Klux Klan
The Town Talk, Tue May 18, 1965
Lake Charles American Press Tue, May 18, 1965
Lansing State Journal, Saturday June 26, 1965
Northwest Arkansas Times Tue, Oct 19, 1965
The Courier Journal Wed, Oct 20, 1965
United States vs. Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
The Times (Shreveport) Jan 5, 1966
Clarion Ledger Wed, Jan 5, 1966
Monroe News-Star, Jan 25, 1966
The Index Journal Sat, Mar 4, 1972
Geneology history listing Roy E. Davis's family
Branham's original Tabernacle with the Eastern Star above the door
William Branham's statements:
We didn't even have food to eat, in the house, so how could we pay a hospital bill, hundreds of dollars? But she, through her church society and the Ku Klux Klan, paid the hospital bill for me, Mason's. I can never forget them. See? No matter what they do
- 63-1110M - Souls That Are In Prison Now
- Branham, 57-0306 - God Keeps His Word #1
When I was first converted and was ordained in the Baptist church, I had a good old teacher by the name of Dr. Roy Davis. He was a lawyer before his conversion, and he took everything from a legal standpoint in the Bible.
- Branham, 57-0306 - God Keeps His Word #1
And I remember when Brother Roy Davis, down there, and his church burnt down. That bunch of people was just like scattered sheep without a shepherd, had no place to go.
- Branham, 62-0601 - Taking Sides With Jesus
One of the greatest mistakes that the colored race ever made was down in Louisiana and over in there when they voted for Kennedy the other night, and put him in. They actually spit on that dress of Abraham Lincoln where the blood of the Republican Party that freed them; and voted a Catholic—which Booth shot Lincoln and he died for the race of people to free them and make them not slaves, and then turn around and vote for a Democrat and a Catholic besides. They brought one of the greatest disgraces they ever brought them. Because why? The white man with his scholarship has give them a lot of ballyhoo. That's exactly right.
- Branham, 60-1113 - Condemnation By Representation
I hope my old teacher is sitting here today. Doctor Roy E. Davis, many of you knows him, right here at Fort Worth, he is perhaps sitting in here. I remember we discussed these things, many, many years ago. He baptized me in the faith, a Missionary Baptist church.
- Branham, 64-0308 - The Token
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.
- Branham, 63-0721 - He Cares Do You Care?
Any of you masons here now could get this pretty good.
- Branham, 53-0326 - Israel And The Church #2
You masons here and so forth and ones of you that know the order, how they cut out the stones and hauled them to Joppa and so forth.
- Branham, 53-1212 - The Inside Man
I'm the only one of my family, in my father's, or my mother's people, or also my wife's people have…?… into the Masons, Shriners, or…?… in their organizations. And may God bless them, is my prayer, that they will, every one… Every one…
- Branham, 55-0220A - The Second Coming
The Masonic—Masonic lodge, they have things to talk about, brothers of the Masons' lodge; brothers of the Odd Fellows lodge. Germans has things to talk about to Germans, about the home place, when Germans meet each other over here, one just come from the home place. Italians have things to talk about.
- Branham, 59-1227M - A Super Sign
'Cause I—I believe that the Masons are all right, but the Mason Lodge will never take the place of the Church, or the Blood of Jesus Christ. All my people are Masons, and they're all right as a lodge.
- Branham, 61-0414 - Be Not Afraid, It Is I
162. Brother Branham, is there anything wrong with belonging to a lodge after we have become a Christian, such as the Masons? No, sir. You be a Christian wherever you are. I don't care where you are, you can still be a Christian.
- Branham, 61-1015M - Questions And Answers
You Masons, I'll call your attention. You remember the sign of the cross? Now, you—you know what I'm talking about.
- Branham, 63-0322 - The Fifth Seal
And Doctor Roy Davis was, Missionary Baptist Church that ordained me into the Missionary Baptist Church, was the one who sent him to me—the one who first told me I had a nightmare, when the Angel of the Lord came to me. Now he's preaching Divine healing himself. See? So he said in his letter, many of you read in the "Voice of Healing," where he said, "If I hadn't been backslid in my own heart, I would've believed the boy in the beginning." See? And so now he sent him over there.
- Branham, 53-0604 - The Angel Of The Lord
And did you notice in the "Voice of Healing," Brother Gordon's little paper that he puts out. In there, that same man come back, Doctor Roy Davis, and testified that he was ashamed of himself for the things that he had said, and he himself prays for the sick now. Oh, my.
- Branham, 51-0413 - The Works That I Do Bear Witness Of Me
And Dr. Davis standing there, an old Methodist bishop was setting there with this young preacher. A young, Roy Davis he was setting there with this bishop. That infidel said, "Any of you guys," and some of them, the ministers was saying, 'Mark 16 from the 9th verse on is not inspired. It isn't inspired, so you can't depend on it.'"
- Branham, 53-0907A - Lord, Show Us The Father And It Sufficeth Us
"And he said, "I was a president (I believe it was) of the Southern Baptist Convention." Said, "Dr. Roy E. Davis that ordained you in the Baptist church said to me," said, "I have been prayed for hundreds of times, but he was the one that advised me to come over here to have you to intercede to God for me."
- Branham, 53-1130 - Has The Lord Spoken Only To Moses?
I'm a Baptist preacher, out of a Missionary Baptist church, ordained by Dr. Roy E. Davis out of Dallas, Texas, and was made a local elder for the church at Jeffersonville. My first revival, five hundred came to Jesus Christ out of a three thousand congregation when I was twenty—about twenty-two years old.
- Branham, 55-0227E - The Healing Of Jairus' Daughter
Said, "The same man that ordained you in the Baptist church, Doctor Roy Davis. And he said come over here." And he just got off, and they pushed him in on the grounds. I said, "Sir, I can only say what I see; I don't know."
- Branham, 56-1215 - Hear Ye Him
"It's got a rattle, but it hasn't got a ring." Like the sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal, it doesn't sound right. "Like pouring peas on a dry cowhide," as Roy Davis used to say. It doesn't sound just right.
- Branham, 57-0120E - God Keeps His Word
And the minister from the Baptist church, Dr. Roy Davis, who ordained me, told me I eat something and I'd had a nightmare. And he kinda made light of it. But he's preaching Divine healing today. But however, he said, "Billy, you've nervous." Said, "Go over home. I think you need a rest." I said, "Dr. Davis, I don't appreciate that. If that's the way it is, then you can just wipe my name off, 'cause I'm going to listen to God."
- Branham, 57-0125 - Hear Ye Him
One night yonder, before tens of thousands of people, when Roy Davis sent him out there… And he moved him in in a wheelchair after Roy prayed for him and hundreds of others.
- Branham, 57-0407E - Then Jesus Came
This Christian Businessman's Fellowship has been lots to me. I was ordained in the Missionary Baptist Church by Dr. Roy E. Davis from Big Springs, Texas.
- Branham, 57-0727 - He Was To Pass That Way
So, one day, I was out here praying, long ago. I'll tell you why, who I was praying for, was Roy Davis. And I was out here praying, because he had called me "a puppet," and I was praying for God to forgive him for it.
- Branham, 57-0908E - Hebrews, Chapter Six #2
And when I read that, Something just shook me. And I thought, "Lord, that don't pertain to Roy Davis. Why would You do that?"
- Branham, 57-0908E - Hebrews, Chapter Six #2
And when the—Brother Davis, Doctor Roy Davis, many of you know him, who ordained me into the church, into the Baptist Church, when he said I had a nightmare, how would I, with a seventh grade education go and preach to kings and potentates and monarchs around the world. I can't tell you. But God said so, and I believed it. And He's let me live to see it, that it's been done. And a great revival now, of revival fires are burning on every hill around the world, waiting for the coming of the blessed Lord.
- Branham, 57-1229 - Faith
When Dr. Roy Davis, that ordained me in the Missionary Baptist Church. And when the Angel of the Lord come to me and told me I was to take this message around the world, he said, "Billy, you need some rest. You better go home." I said, "Dr. Davis, that Angel stood there and told me that."
- Branham, 58-0325 - Faith By Experience
He said, "If that man could tell me…" Said, "Dr. Roy Davis ordained you in the Baptist church, didn't he?" I said, "Yes."
- Branham, 58-0521 - Behold, I Stand At The Door And Knock
But when I walked to the platform, and it happened to be that he knew the old Baptist preacher that ordained me in the Baptist church, Doctor Roy E. Davis. Doctor Davis told him to come, see me when I come to the coast, to have me to pray for him. And he moved in and was setting in his wheelchair. All of a sudden I saw an old hay frame and a little boy fall, hurt his back, begin to relate just what I was seeing. Someone said, "That's the old congressman setting there, William Upshaw."
- Branham, 59-0409 - Mary's Belief
And so they was… a minister, the one that ordained me in the Missionary Baptist church, Doctor Roy Davis. Sister Upshaw, the very one that sent Brother Upshaw over to me, or talked to him about me, Doctor Roy Davis. And so he was preaching, and had the First Baptist church, or the—the… I don't believe it was the First Baptist church, either, it was the Mission-… called the Missionary Baptist church at Jeffersonville. And he was preaching at the place at that time, and we would go to church at night, so… and we'd come back. And I never did join church, but I just liked to go with her. Because the main thought was "going with her," I just might as well be honest.
- Branham, 59-0419A - My Life Story
And during this time… I'm leaving out my conversion. I was converted. And was ordained by Doctor Roy Davis, in the Missionary Baptist church, and had become a minister and have the tabernacle that I now preach in in Jeffersonville. And I was pastoring the little church. And I…
- Branham, 59-0419A - My Life Story
Ministry of healing is to pray for the sick. All churches pray for the sick. I have never drawed a denominational line, any barrier. I was ordained in the Missionary Baptist church by Dr. Roy E. Davis. But I do not hold any denominational barriers. I believe that Christ died for all His children, and I pray for all His children everywhere. God is never questioned to me by, "If this person's a Baptist, he may be healed." If you've got faith, you may be healed.
- Branham, 59-0707 - Balm In Gilead
Well, I remember after I was ordained in the church, the Baptist church, by Dr. Roy Davis, here at Watts Street in Jeffersonville, where the church was at the time, I remember one outstanding vision, not over a few weeks after my—about a—I'd say a few days after my ordination. I was—saw a vision of an old man that was laying in the hospital that was mashed. He was a colored man. And he was instantly healed, insomuch that it caused a lot of confusion. And he got up out of the bed and walked away.
- Branham, 60-0930 - Visions Of William Branham
I said, "I want to be baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ." Dr. Roy E. Davis baptized me in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ when I was just a boy. See? That's right. So I—I believed it, I've stayed with it, and I know it's the Truth. It's God's Eternal Word. That's right. That's right.
- Branham, 60-1211E - The Laodicean Church Age
So good to be alone with Him! You know, we used to sing a song, "There are times I like to be all alone with Christ my Lord, I can tell Him all my troubles all alone." See, that's the way to get. They used to sing, Roy Davis, used to sing a little song, Steal Away and Pray with Jesus. Everything just points… everything you can look at always falls right back in the line of Jesus Christ, doesn't it?
- Branham, 61-0101 - Revelation, Chapter Four #2
And Doctor Roy E. Davis of the Missionary Baptist Church that baptized me into the Baptist faith, was a… or, Baptist fellowship we call it. We believe that, in the Baptist church, that the Spirit baptizes you into the body, but we are baptized… If you've been a Campbellite, been immersed any way you want to, and you come in to the Baptist church, got to be baptized over into that fellowship. So we call it baptized into the fellowship of the Baptist church.
- Branham, 61-0413 - Why?
When I left the Baptist church to come over into Pentecost, then Dr. Roy E. Davis, who had ordained me into the Missionary Baptist church, told me that I had a nightmare, when the vision of the Lord came and—and spoke to me. And—and you know what healing was then; it was at the low ebb. And—and I knowed nothing about Pentecostals. I'd heard it was a bunch of holy-rollers that laid on the floor and slobbered like mad dogs, and they had to fan them and get them back to life, and all like that. That was all I knowed about the—the Pentecostal people.
- Branham, 61-0425B - The Godhead Explained
Now to the subject, now, I have been through these years, and this tabernacle has stood. Though, I was ordained in a Missionary Baptist church, by Doctor Roy E. Davis, about thirty-three years ago, here in Jeffersonville. Now I, since then, I was in the organization just a short time, a few months, until something come up that was unscriptural by the church, and I told him I could not go that. And so I was, course, asked to "do it or else," and I elsed. So that was one thing that I believe, that this is God's Word. And I said to the man which was a—a master teacher, "If you will show me that in God's Word!"
- Branham, 62-1111E - Why I'm Against Organized Religion
Now, an old Baptist brother of mine, that Doctor Roy Davis, used to tell me. He laid his hands on me when he ordained me in the Missionary Baptist church. He said, "Billy, what happened…" I asked him about that. He said, "Here is what happened. You see, John had never been baptized, hisself, so Jesus baptized John. And then John turned around and returns, baptized Jesus, because Jesus couldn't baptize John before He was baptized." Well, I thought that sounded alright.
- Branham, 63-0803E - Influence
I remember Doctor Roy Davis, that ordained me in the Missionary Baptist church, he said, "You know, what happened there, Billy," said, "what happened…" 160 When John said, "I have need to be baptized of Thee, and why comest Thou unto me?" Watch the humility of John. He said, "I—I have need to be baptized of Thee, why comest Thou unto me?" There was the Messiah and His prophet, the keynotes of the day, the keynotes of the Bible, standing there, One looking at the other. John in humility, said, "I have need to be baptized of Thee, why comest Thou unto me?" 161 Jesus said, "Suffer that to be so, for thus it is becoming to us to fulfill all righteousness." And, said, John suffered Him. 162 I remember Doctor Davis. He might be sitting present. Doctor Davis, not throwing this at you, but I—I—I… He said, "John, first Jesus baptized John, because John hadn't been baptized." And then said, "Then John baptized Jesus." That never did just come right to me.
- Branham, 63-1114 - Influence
He was the senator, I believe, or something, for many years, and congressman from Georgia. And he was a representative of the Baptist church of the Southern Baptist Council. And then—and then he went and was run for President, on the dry ticket, and was defeated because of his position. And that night… never even hearing of the man, never. Doctor Roy Davis, the one that laid hands upon me for ordination for the Missionary Baptist church, he sent him to me. And when he come in to the meeting, the Holy Spirit there, with thousands of people sitting, called him by name, and told him what he was and told him that the Lord had healed him. And he come to the platform, without crutches, without braces, without anything. Reached down, at the age of about seventy-something years old, and touched his toes, back and forth, completely delivered. And an orator he was, and a great man he was. What did he…
- Branham, 63-1130B - Influence
Now, when I was first ordained, it was in the Missionary Baptist Church by Dr. Roy E. Davis. And then I wasn't throwed out, I just come out, because I could walk between the churches, and, what ministry He's give me, not put it upon any certain denominations, but put our arms around each other, and say, "We're brethren. Let's walk on." So, I'm thankful for your invitation.
- Branham, 64-0209 - Countdown
I was a Missionary Baptist, ordained a Missionary Baptist, by Doctor Roy E. Davis, from Fort Worth, Texas. And I was… stayed in the church. Fine—fine bunch of brothers; and I'll still say, "There's some of the finest men in the world, in the Missionary Baptist Church."
- Branham, 64-0412 - A Court Trial
And so they wheeled him up, his wife did. He said, "Young man, how'd you ever know me?" Said, "Doctor Roy E. Davis, the one that ordained you in the Missionary Baptist church, and—and he was the—the head speaker for the Southern Baptist Convention," he said, "he was the one sent me here for you to pray." Said, "I've been prayed for, since I was a little boy, but I always believed that God would heal me 'cause I took the right stand in the time of prohibition. I, when liquor was going to be brought in, I was called one of the dry bones." He said, "I lost the president of the United States because of my stand."
- Branham, 64-0412 - A Court Trial
Then, about seventeen years after that, I was, had become a minister, a Baptist preacher, of the Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Roy E. Davis ordained me as one of the local pastors, give me rights then, by the state, to marry, bury, baptize, so forth. And the Missionary Baptist Church burned down, which I was assistant pastor, at the time. And Mr. Davis come back to Texas, which he was of Davis mountains, and—and down near Van Horn, Texas. That's where they come from. And so, while he was gone, I started to take over the congregation. Got a tent, and I begin to preach in the city, and just a boy preacher.
- Branham, 64-0427 - A Trial
Brother Fleeman, you're close to there, aren't you? I was just thinking; I knew you when we went to Brother Roy's. You remember the Adcocks? I got Kenneth. What was his sister's name? [Brother Fleeman speaks to Brother Branham—Ed.] I got their picture; we was all standing out there with our arms around each other, around front of the place, Dr. Roy E. Davis, pastor. I looking at them awhile ago. Doc brought the old pictures over. Kinda of made me feel real funny down here. Now that—many of them's gone on (See?)—gone on. Won't be long till it'll be us gone on.
- Branham, 64-0830E - Questions And Answers #4
And I never knowed to this day what that meant. But here I am tonight, after thirty years, standing in an auditorium that's dedicated now to the service of Almighty God. And me, just a—a lay member, really, just a—a local elder in the—in the Baptist church here, which Roy Davis was pastor at the time. And I am now standing here with the place crowded, right on the same grounds, with the… to what I think, is the purchase of the Blood of Jesus Christ Himself, in my hands, to bring this four-days Message of the Lord.
- Branham, 65-0218 - The Seed Is Not Heir With The Shuck
That's exactly how I broke away from the Missionary Baptists. Doctor Roy E. Davis, how many ever heard him? Sure, you did, see. He wanted to ordain some women preachers, and I said, "No, sir. As an elder," I said, "I cannot do that, consciously. It's against the Word of God."
- Branham, 65-0418E - Does God Ever Change His Mind About His Word?
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