Longevity is a family trait among the offspring of the Rev. Ross Davis of Denison, Texas. The father of Ardmoreite H.H. Davis celebrated his 106th birthday on Aug. 9 with family and friends, and was honored with a birthday celebration the day after at Trinity Lighthouse in Denison.


Longevity is a family trait among the offspring of the Rev. Ross Davis of Denison, Texas. The father of Ardmoreite H.H. Davis celebrated his 106th birthday on Aug. 9 with family and friends, and was honored with a birthday celebration the day after at Trinity Lighthouse in Denison.


H.H. Davis, who turns 79 next month, said his father is as healthy as ever and attributes his long life to living well.


“He said good living, good eating, good behavior are what’s kept him alive and well,” the son said. “He grew up eating bacon, eggs, biscuits, gravy, dry salt, greens. He doesn’t drink anything but water and juice, and hasn’t for the past 75 years.”


The elder Davis also eats three meals a day, with nothing artificial on the menu.


His son preached the celebration service in Denton, where several five-generation family members gathered. H.H. said that four of his father’s eight children already boast five generations.


Davis also gives credit for his longevity to God, whom he has served since he was a young man.
According to information from the family, Davis was born in a one-room log house in Kemp and the family always attended church, even though Davis didn’t join until 1931. In 1932, he began working full-time as an Assembly of God minister and began his first church in Yarnaby. Living in  Boswell, he and his first wife, the late Gerrude Davis, traveled to Yarnaby twice a month to minister to the fledgling congregation.


He went on to pastor many churches in Oklahoma and Texas before moving to Denison in 1967. He continued to work with the Yarnaby congregation, but also served as an evangelist. He later became associate pastor of the First Assembly of God Church in Denison, a position he held until 1995.


He later married long-time family friend, Lois, who is still at his side as a friend and companion.
Davis and Lois continue to attend weekly services at Trinity Lighthouse, where they have reserved seating.


It is believed Davis is the oldest Assembly of God minister in the United States. And, according to his son, Davis plans to be around for quite some time.


When discussing what H.H. would be doing for his own 106th birthday, Davis assured his son he’d be there to help him celebrate.