Sis. Virgie L. Davis~ Minister Of Music






Biography of   Mrs. Virgie L. (Sumlin) Davis

Mrs. Virgie L. (Sumlin) Davis, a native of Waynesboro, MS., is the eldest of three children born to the union of Mrs. Lillie Sumlin and the late Mr. Robert Milton Sumlin. She is the mother of Rev. Dr. John W. Davis, Jr., Pastor of Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Gulfport, MS and Maurice B. Davis, Assistant Chief of Security at Gulf Coast Community College of Gautier, MS.

Virgie Davis was a 1955 graduate of Wayne County High School of Waynesboro, MS. As a freshman in high schools, she received a 4-year Scholarship to Jackson State University, in Jackson, MS, in an Oratorical contest. She also attended Mississippi State University where she received a Master in Social Studies and Guidance.   As a part of her continuing education, she attended an 8 week government sponsored program at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in Linguistics and furthered her Guidance studies at William Carey on the Coast and the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.

Educational Experience:
Mrs. Davis was one of the first teachers to help implement the Head Start programs for the State of Mississippi. Her teaching experience includes the following: Wayne County High, Waynesboro, MS,  Whisenton High, Dekalb, MS, Louisville High, Louisville, MS, Moss Point School System for 12 years and the Pascagoula School System for 3 years and is presently retired.

Musical Experience:
Virgie began playing the piano at the age of 9 with Mrs. Ruby B. Davis as her piano teacher,   affectionately called Mama Ruby. Mrs. Davis began her musical debut under Mama Ruby, and her first hymns played were Near The Cross and What A Friend We Have In Jesus.  Sis. Davis would continue her musical talents at the following churches and groups: The Wayne County Instrumental Singing Convention, St. Luke Baptist Church, Sweet Hope, Pineville and New Light Baptist Church all of Wayne County, St. Luke and Calvary in Laurel, MS, New West Point of Waynesboro, MS, Mt. Moriah of Louisville, MS, and now at The Greater Antioch M.B. Church, Pascagoula, MS, where she is presently the Minister of Music.    Mrs. Davis also carries the responsibility of teaching a course, "Great Hymns Of The Church " in The National Baptist Congress Of Christian Education, auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention, USA, INC., Dr. William Shaw, President, Dr. R. B. Holmes, Congress President and Dr. George Waddles, Sr., Dean.

Accomplishment and Milestones:
Mrs. Davis served as the Vice-President-at-large for the Music Auxiliary of The National Baptist Convention U.S.A., INC. from its inception in Los Angeles, CA. She served faithfully in that capacity until 2004. She is currently an Advisor to the Ministers' wives and widows for the Gulf Coast Baptist Association.

For the past 28 years, she has served faithfully as the Minister of Music at The Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. From a child, she has known the Lord, being baptized by Rev. A.L. Perkins at the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, Waynesboro, MS. Presently, she is a member of The Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Pascagoula, MS.

Just knowing the Lord Jesus for herself and more importantly, knowing that she is a child of the King. He is the center of her life.


The Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
1028 Denny Avenue
Pascagoula, MS   39567