Johnnie Faye Davis, who founded Oakland-based Serenity House, a refuge for women battling drug and alcohol addiction and physical, sexual and mental abuse, died on Nov. 12. She was 69.
In 2004, she joined Bible Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of pastor Dr. Timothy Hawkins, serving in many capacities including in the Music Ministry as pianist, director and Minister of Music.
In 1996, shortly after a miraculous recovery, she founded Sister 2 Sister, a corporation to help women battling drug and alcohol addiction and physical, sexual and mental abuse.
From that seed came Serenity House.
A residential facility and community center, Serenity House has provided a refuge and compassionate service for over 10,000 women.
Johnnie Faye was a mother and mentor to many women throughout the community at large, receiving numerous Women of Serenity House commendations for her civic work from the City of Oakland, County of Alameda, State of California, and the White House.
On April 26, 2007, she married Timothy Davis Sr. The couple spent numerous hours working together at Serenity House and ministering to the community.
Johnnie Faye Davis leaves to cherish her memory her husband; daughter, Lela Yvonne Garner (Delilah); son, Derricke Antonas Brown (Danielle); sister, Jennifer Ann Reed; dear friend and sister Linda Brown; two stepsons, Timothy Davis, Jr. (Lila) and Emanuel Davis; stepdaughter, Elaine Davis; sister-in-law, Brenda Davis-Barbagelata (Glenn); four grandchildren, Jonathan Brown, Jaylah and Kaylah Davis and Alex Conley; niece Angelique Brown; the current and former clients of Serenity House; and a host of other family members and friends.
Serenity House is a non-profit organization. To make a donation please mail a check to 15501-G #234 San Pablo Avenue, Richmond, CA 94806, or go to the website at www.serenityhouse680.org.