He has done missionary work in Africa and Jamaica and also been active in events in Charleston. He is now first vice president of the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance.
"I have baptized probably 40 people in my ministry and seen over 300 converts," he said. "I have been involved in the Franklin Graham crusade and others. Once, I baptized nine children at one time. I've seen people baptized and seen people change their lifestyle. Some on drugs and alcohol made a total change and hang on to the desire to live for Christ."
He prayed about his decision to retire as pastor of Mt. Zion and believes that is what God wants at this time.
He and his wife, Adeline "Peaches" Davis, will have more time for traveling and visiting children and grandchildren. They married five years ago and live in Institute. Both of their former spouses had passed away.
He still does construction work, and she is a part-time seamstress.
"I've always been classified as a bit of a workaholic," he said. "I will do evangelic work and revivals."
To stay fit, he rises early and does a series of exercises. He never drinks coffee. However, he loves Hawaiian Punch, vanilla ice cream and sweet potatoes. His hobbies include collecting coins and stamps.
The members of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of South Charleston are planning a weeklong celebration in honor of the ministry of the Rev. Robert Kaye Davis.
Worship services will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 13 to 16 at the church, 442 McDonald Ave. in South Charleston.
A black tie banquet will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Holiday Inn and Suites in South Charleston. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Franklin Murphy of Calvary Baptist Church in Huntington.
At 3 p.m. Aug. 18, the Rev. Lloyd Hill along with the choir and congregation of the Father's House Missionary Baptist Church will join in worship at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist.
Tickets to the black tie banquet on Aug. 17 are $40. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday. Contact Charles Cole at 304-345-8694 or Stephanie Terry at 304-550-3585.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.