Hundreds of mourners, sympathizers, relatives, friends and government officials on Saturday gathered at the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa to bid farewell to Mr. John B.S. Davies II, father of Mr. John B.S. Davies, President of the Liberia Bank for Development & Investment (LBDI).
The late Davies II was a former employee of LAMCO Joint Venture Company. He died on May 3, 2014 following a brief period of illness at 67 years. Several individuals and groups who paid tributes to the late Davies II praised him for his exemplary role life to the state and society. In their tribute, former workers of LAMCO said the late John Davies II was instrumental in ensuring that they receive their money owed them by the Government of Liberia.
According to the former LAMCO employee, Mr. Davies strongly advocated and lobbied with government authorities, something that resulted to government paying them some of their money. “Now that Mr. Davies is dead; who will advocate for us to get our balanced money from this government,” the former LAMCO employees wondered.
Reading the life sketch of the late John B.S. Davies II, his son, John B.S. Davies III said Mr. John B. S. Davies II six seven years, six months and four days sojourn on earth can be summed-up as being successful. “He bequeathed to his children the will and tenacity to be strong, resilient and independent as necessary ingredients to succeed, stand out and be counted.
Davies III noted that JBS neither broke down nor gave in under tough circumstances adding,“Not surprisingly, his weaknesses we knew not even up to his death. This is why we continue to ask “how did he die and how did he face the last hour of his death?”
The late Davies in departing these shores, leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Esther Kear Davies, fourteen children, Alice Kear Zyu, Miss Sylvia Davies, Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, Mr. Roosevelt Davies, Israel C. Davies, Miss Jocejine S. Davies, Mr.Mark K. Davies, Miss Jacqueline Juah Davies, S. Edward T. Davies, Mr. S.Wilberforce Davies, Theresa Davies, Miss Augusta Davies, Elisha Kofa Davies and Grace W Davies.
Some officials of government and other personalities at the funeral service of the late Davies II were President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar Findley, Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell, President of the Liberia National Bar, T.C. Gould, former Information Minister, Laurence Blopeh among others.