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WHO WAS RITA SLAUGHTER-DAVIS?
Mallie Rita Reynolds Slaughter-Davis, 77, of Midway, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Spring, Texas.
Rita was born on Jan. 31, 1940, in Madison County to Murphy Milton and Mallie Annie Kelton Reynolds. Her twin brother, Reed, arrived 15 minutes later. She graduated from Madisonville High School, was the owner/operator of Rita’s Daycare, and later became the mayor of the City of Midway. She was literally a legend in her hometown and surrounding communities. You would be hard pressed to find someone who wasn’t greatly influenced by “Miss Rita.”
At her older sister’s, Sunshine Greer’s funeral, her sister was described as “a big, pink fluffy cloud.” Well, Rita was like a red, white and blue American flag — with a lot of bling added. She put all her dynamic personality into the things she loved, and she loved deeply.
First of all, she loved the Lord and her church. She loved scripture, songs, Bible study and good sermons. She always supported her pastor and took part in everything she could, from “Wiggle Worship” to the Pathway of Light. We will always remember her, “Praise the Lord” and “Blessed and Highly Favored” sayings.
Next, she loved her family. She loved Billy, her children, grandchildren, in-laws, great-grandchildren and all her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. All of them knew “Aunt Rita” and she loved to get everyone together in their backyard, as many as could come. There was always something great to eat and a sincere welcome for everyone.
Almost equal with family was her love of America. Rita was deeply, strongly patriotic. She grieved over our country’s drift from its Constitutional roots and she was a proud member of the Tea Party and Right to Life.
When you see signs in Madisonville that say “Pray for Our Nation,” always think of Rita, because she and Billy had them created and put them all around.
Rita loved children — anyone who had a day care 30 years would have to love children. And she wanted every child to know about Jesus. She taught them the Christmas story from Luke’s gospel every year and she never let Easter go without a BIG Easter celebration and a lesson on the real meaning of Easter — the resurrection of Jesus.
Rita loved her community. She loved being mayor of Midway and she was always thinking of ways to improve what she called “our little town.” At her very last family backyard party, Rita could hardly speak. But she looked around the yard at the children playing, and all the family gathered together and she whispered “we are so blessed.” “Yes, we are Rita. And you were a big part of our blessing to so many people.”
There will never be another Rita Slaughter-Davis. God broke the mold when he made her. She had a unique and very deep relationship with all of her children. The five of them together fought their way out of poverty and abandonment. Rita was an amazing mother to them and they were incredibly loyal children to her. They set the standard for what resilience and love of family should be like between a mother and child.
One last thing — Rita also had a second chance at love. When she found Billy Davis, her life was completed. No one on this earth provided such a stable and loving force as Billy did for her. Their relationship was something of a fairytale from the beginning until Rita drew her last breath — a true testament of honor and grace.
Rita’s last request was for people to be kind and respectful one another, especially her Billy. She wanted Jesus to be glorified and to “let your lights shine” for the Lord. She said there is only one thing that mattered in life and that was Christ. She continued by saying, “be careful what your eyes are looking at and be careful what your ears are listening to. Don’t let any corruption be around you. Shut your ears to it. Walk away from it. Sadly, in this age and in this world when we don’t seek the Lord, we have no strength against the enemy, Satan. You have to lean upon the Lord. You have to seek him. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. That is the way through this life. The only way.”
HOW DO I JOIN RITA'S ARMY
The kickoff is January 1st, 2018 - We invite you all to join us here, FACEBOOK, or by the emails each and every day to read. There will not be a designated time. Whenever works for you. I usually read in the mornings or right before bed. Read daily is all we ask. Many of you already have read the Bible cover to cover countless times. Other's this will be your first. No matter where you are in your walk with God or your faith, we want this commitment to be one we all take together. It will be fun and rewarding, GURANTEED!!!
CHECK IN WITH US DAILY...
So, after you've read each day check in with us on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or TUMBLER page to let us know you're done. Type in the words BLESSED to let me know you read that day. It's really that simple:
After we've done that 365 times - you and I will have been through the entire Bible together and will have received many blessings. How amazing is that!
WHY ARE WE SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS?...
After 2 successful years of helping my brother Jody with his desire to get people to read the Bible in a year, we wanted to expand and grow in the same vein as what we had done but with a new purpose. GBM killed my mother, I don't want her life's purpose to stop by being defeated by cancer. Thankfully, Jody got a full healing from his. Mother did not! We want to help fight the disease that stole our mother by raising awareness of what GBM. We hope in some small way we can help bring answers and solutions to this awful disease and to continue on the legacy of the woman who spent a lifetime bringing people to Christ....
Grace, peace, joy and love be with you,
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