Ophinell Davis Sr.

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Ophinell Davis Jr., born January 5, 1933 in Mansfield, Ohio to Ophinell Davis Sr. and Anna Lee Robinson. He passed away November 24, 2022 at The Waterford. He met and married Mildred Le Gardner on her nineteenth birthday on June 9, 1952 in Mansfield, Ohio. On that date he knew he would never get enough of this lady. Her love of Jesus and her Christian Faith know no bounds. She took this 18 year old boy under her loving wings in 1952 and over the years helped him become a man. Ophinell said the only times he cried during this time was when their son was murdered on April 30, 2010 and when, due to dementia, entered Mildred into a nursing home. Ophinell was a 1951 graduate of Mansfield Senior High and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He retired from Empire Detroit Steel Mill as a Security Chief. A lifetime member of the NAACP and over 60 year member of The YMCA. Hobbies include many historical displays of events in Mansfield that have been shown at Black History Month at the Mansfield Museum and Mansfield Library, Some are the “25 year History of Malabar High School (1964 – 1989)” The closing of “Creveling Grade School”, the history, of “Tyger Football” the “Steel Mill Workers” during the Second World War, The Veteran Military Service of Men & Women of All 20th Century Wars, The 100th Year History of our local YMCA. He was also a Multiple Gallon Blood Donor that started during his service during the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son; sisters in law, Willie Carpenter, and Sarah Hall and brother in law, Jessie Forsythe. Left to cherish his memory are grandchildren, Rochelle (Ronald) Flynn, Dexter Davis, Douglas (Cathy) Davis, Martell (Kate) King and Dewan Porter (Davis) and a host of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Inurnment and Graveside service will take place at Mansfield Cemetery 12:00 noon Tuesday December 06, 2022. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE MANSFIELD 753 McPherson St. (formerly Williams Funeral Services). To offer condolences to The DAVIS Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. To the Davis family:
    Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to your family at this difficult time and that the Davis family are in our prayers! The Harris’s, Thomas’s and Randall’s

  2. Kim Hairston-Dismuke

    Mr. Davis was a kind man. Always greeted you with a positive attitude.

  3. This was the most beautiful wonderful man you ever met. I been knowing him for years.He would come on Cherry Street and visit his sis.He loved people and his wife more then anything in the world.So sweet heart I know you is tried so Rest In Heaven.Praying for your family.Love You.Amen.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. With caring thoughts.

  5. To the Davis Family, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your loved one, praying for the family.

  6. JEFFERY M PARKER

    I KNEW MR.DAVIS AND HIS FAMILY VERY WELL. I WAS RAISED UP WITH HIS SON (DEXTER) during our school days from(GRADE SCHOOL -JUNIOR -AND HIGH SCHOOL). AND PLAY FOOTBALL AND RAN TRACK WITH HIS SON. HE WOULD ALWAYS BE THERE TO GIVE HIS SUPPORT TO HIS SON AND TO HIS FRIENDS THAT WERE THERE PARTICIPATING IN WITH HIS SON. HE WAS ALL AROUND FAMILY MAN AND VERY GOOD DAD. HE WAS THE FATHER FIGURE THAT EVERY YOUNG MAN SHOULD HAVE IN THERE LIFE. HE WAS FROM THE (OLD) SCHOOL. LOVE HIM AND HIS FAMILY. WILL MISS THEM! BUT WITH (THE PROMISE OF LORD WE SEE THEM AGAIN). BE BLESSED ALL OF HIS FAMILY

  7. Out Condolences to the Family
    Praying for You
    Barbara Simms Family

  8. That was the nicest man in the world. I would see him all the time over to his sister house on Cherry him and his sweet wife.You never seen one with out the other.So Sweetheart Rest In Heaven.Praying for the family.

  9. Susan Glorioso, formally O’Donnell

    I knew him when I worked at the steel mill. He was so kind to me. He was a wonderful man.

  10. May the peace of God rest rule and abide upon the family during such a time as this.Mr.Davis thank you for your kind Gentle disposition truly you was a man of great character and Valor. I will always cherish the moments I spent around you at the Y and you sharing with me my John Simpson jr.High year book.In Close to the family he made a difference in all of the young people life’s he touched especially mind gone but never forgotten thank you for teaching me how to lead by example.

  11. Deep synthetic may God bless the family

  12. Twyla D Wilkins

    Rest In Peace Sir

  13. Will always Love ya Great Uncle ❤️❤️
    RIH…

  14. Khalil and Joyce Ali

    Peace and Blessings to the Davis family. Great memories. You are in our prayers

  15. Sylvia Boyd & Family

    Sending Condolences and prayers to the family.

  16. My condolences to the family.

  17. With honor to the memory of U.S. Army Veteran Ophinell Davis Jr.
    Rest In Peace

  18. Betty Palmer-Harris

    My sincere condolences to the family of Ophinell Davis. Ophinell was a very nice man. I was a very close friend to Ophinell and his wife. I really will miss Ophinell. I will be praying for the family. May God bless you at this time of sorrow.

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