Saint John Baptist Church
"Blessed to be a Blessing." Genesis 1:27-28, 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 28:1-14
3404 West Beltline Boulevard
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
Church Office: 803-254-4170
Facsimile: 803-254-4036
Preparatory School: 803-256-8542

Member Highights

Marian Williams Davis

Marian was born in Columbia, S.C. and educated at the following schools:

  • Howard Elementary (Columbia, S.C.)
  • Lakeview Elementary and High School (West Columbia, S.C.) until her graduation
  • Allen University (Columbia, S.C.)bachelor's degree in Home economics
  • SC State University (Orangeburg, S.C.) additional home economics courses
  • Benedict College (Columbia, S.C.) elementary education certification
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) education courses
  • University of North Carolina @ Greensboro (Greensboro, N.C.) masters degree in Home economics

A 36 year career:

  • Ridge Spring Elementary and High School (Ridge Spring, S.C.) science teacher
  • Lakeview Elementary and High school (West Columbia, S.C.) elementary education and home economics teacher
  • Booker T. Washington High school (Columbia, S.C.) home economics teacher
  • Hand Middle school (Columbia, S.C.) science and home economics teacher
  • Eau Claire High school (Columbia, S.C.) consumer education teacher and vocational coordinator
  • Richland County District consumer education consultant (Columbia, S.C.)

Social organizations:

  • Zeta Phi Beta sorority (currently inactive)
  • American Home Economics Association serving several officer positions (retired)
  • National Education Association (retired)
  • Wisteria Garden Club several officer positions (active)
  • Richland County Education Association serving as a decoration committee member (retired)
  • Burton heights-Standish acres community organization served as a beautification committee member (active)
  • Columbia Green several on several committees and the board (inactive)
  • Lakeview Foundation (active)

Church activities:

  • Turner Memorial AME Church serving as a member of the choir (inactive)
  • Saint John Baptist Church (active member over 55years ):
  • Trustee Board
  • Maintenance committee, Past Vice chairperson
  • Inventory committee, Past Chairperson
  • Gospel Jubilee choir member (active)


  • Gardening
  • Floral Arrangements for weddings, church occasions, and special events
  • Sewing and fashion design
  • Traveling
  • Favorite Hymn: One Day at a Time
  • Favorite scripture: Psalms 121

Awards/Special activities:

  • Numerous educator, city and state floral awards
  • 2010 Northminister Church, Columbia, SC "Women of Faith"
  • 2012 "Hallowed Halls" Documentary of segregation era in Columbia, SC, screened at 2013 San Diego Film Festival

Marian is the proud daughter of Angela H. Williams (deceased) and a wife of 60 years until the departing of her beloved husband, Willie L. Davis of Columbia, S.C. She is the mother of two children, Terry T. Davis (deceased) and Angela M. Davis, M.D. of Cary, NC. She is the sister of Henrietta Bynum, Henry Marshall, and deceased sisters Gwen Clark and Lorraine Marshall. She is also a proud adopted mother/grandmother to many others, aunt, friend, and mentor.

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