HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The newest residence hall at William Carey University has been named in honor of the first couple to represent the school in missionary work in West Africa. Davis Hall can accommodate nearly 100 female students and was built at a cost of about $4 million.
It's named in honor of Ralph and Cora Joyce Davis, who served 35 years as Baptist missionaries in Nigeria and Ghana.
Thursday, a dedication service was held. Among those attending was Cora Joyce Davis. Ralph Davis died in 2012 at the age of 91.
"Ralph was the first male student and the first male graduate," said Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University. "Cora Joyce was the school nurse and Ralph was the night watchman and they lived in the infirmary at that time while they were students here...and they are legends among Southern Baptist missionaries," King said.
"I can't believe it, it's just wonderful, I'm so humbled," said Davis, when asked about having the building named in her and her husband's honor.
Davis will soon be celebrating her 90th birthday. Davis Hall has been open for about two weeks.