Rev. Ja’Nice G. Davis-Winston, age 79 passed away on January 15, 2021 in her home in San Diego, CA from the effects of Covid. Ja’Nice, the 3rd of 10 children, was born to Curtis L., Sr. and Mattie W. Davis in Little Rock, AR on July 9, 1941. Joining Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR, where her grandparents were Gold Member, at an early age, she was Baptized at the age of twelve. She moved to San Diego, California right after her marriage to Willie Winston at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in 1967.
Ja’Nice’s educational journey begin in Little Rock at Gibbs Elementary, continuing on to Dunbar Jr. High, Horace Mann High schools, concluding with her graduation from Yeager High School in Hope, AR due to the Governor closing Little Rock high schools in protest the Government’s school integration order. She received her BS Degree from Univ. of Ark. Pine Bluff, Master degrees in Administration Education (Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA) and Guidance and Counselor Education (U.C. San Diego, La Jolla, CA). Ja’Nice is a graduate of the Southern CA A.M.E. Ministerial Board of Examiners Institute. Ja’Nice’s passion in life was God, family, education, and people.
Rev. Ja’Nice, as she was affectionately called, was a Guidance Counselor and Teacher for the Forrest, City and San Diego Unified Schools Districts for a total of 40 years. She also taught Biblical Studies at Emoni Bible College, San Diego, CA.
Rev. Ja’Nice was first licensed to preach in 1993 and ordained in March 1996. In October 2000 she was re-obligated and ordained as a Local Deacon and in 2007 ordained a Local Elder in the A.M.E. Church. As a Local Elder at The Bethel Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church she served as Christian Counselor, Visitation Minister, Substitute Bible Study teacher, retiring in 2020 as Minister of Christian Education.
Rev. Ja’Nice was a San Diego County Foster Parent for more than 20 years. She was a Mentor to young ladies and teenagers, Counselor for abused women, and men and women of drugs. She was also a respect motivational speaker and behavior modification counselor.
A faithful member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Rev. Ja’Nice faithfully served as Chaplain; and for many years serving as Chair of the Debutante Ball, Sr. Citizen Meal Program Chair, member of the Scholarship Committee; and was a Golden Soror with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority represent fifty years membership and a Life Member. Ja’Nice and her family are most proud of her being a four times recipient of “Who’s who Among American Teachers because her students nominated her, Soroptimist International of San Diego Honoree.
Rev. Ja’Nice leaves to morn her passing: a “wonderful stepdaughter” (Sandra Winston); 2 grandchildren (Sherman Finney and Shekita Rogers); 3 great grandchildren (Daejon Cruz, Janelle Rogers, Jaylen Rogers); siblings: Alice McDaniel, Hensley, AR; Rev. Curtis Davis, Spring Valley, CA; Edith Lambert, Little Rock, AR; Iman Adib W. Shaheed, Little Rock, AR; Mattison Davis, San Diego, CA; Dr. Myrna Washington, Aurora, CO; Michelle Higgins, RD, Little Rock, AR; Michael Davis, San Diego, CA; and a host of Nieces, Nephews and Friends.
Rev. Ja’Nice had trusted in Jesus Christ as her Savior at a young age and as a faithful Bondservant of Christ, her goal in life was to sow seeds in her family, her neighborhood, her city, state, nation and world and tell them that Jesus saves, preach the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to trust God for the harvest. For 79 years Rev. Ja’Nice’s talk and walk was extraordinarily consistent. She sought excellence in all her work, seeking God’s rather than Man’s approval. Besides preaching and teaching God’s Word, serving others for Christ, Rev. Ja’Nice enjoyed singing, traveling and spending time with her wide-spread family. Peace to Her memory.
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