Union County - A prominent Charlotte pastor dies in his Union county home from a gunshot wound, according to authorities.
Union County Sheriff’s Office is calling Bishop Phillip Davis’ death accidental. Investigators say Davis was cleaning his pistol at his desk Saturday afternoon when it accidentally fired, striking him in the chest.
We also learned Davis contacted his son earlier that morning planning a trip to the firing range. Police say his son declined the invitation.
The Sheriff’s Office released a statement that his wife “found her husband Phillip Milton Davis, 62, collapsed at his desk. Mrs. Davis attempted CPR at the directions of the 911 dispatcher, but was unsuccessful.”
Davis spent the last 36 years preaching at Nations Ford Community Church. A day after his death, church members gathered to mourn the loss.
Cameras were not allowed inside the church for the service, but Jacinda Garabitu, the church spokesperson, shared what he meant to all of them.
“Bishop Davis was a father to all of us. He’s positively impacted all of our lives and changed us,” she said.
FOX46 previously interviewed Davis about the Randall Kerrick trial leading up to the jury’s decision. He expressed his advocacy for peaceful protesting and unity.
Members of the church tell us they want to shift the focus from his shooting death to honoring his legacy and the many years he gave to his community.
“He was selfless. He changed countless lives. He was just a very powerful man in his teachings and preachings,” Garabitu said.
Church leaders say this week was meant to be a major celebration with founder’s week and his birthday celebration just a few days ago.
As they begin to heal, they’ll remember him as a prominent leader who decades his life to guiding others.
Members of Nations Ford Community Church held a prayer vigil Monday at 7 p.m. at their main location.
The celebration of Bishop Davis' life will begin with prayer services at Nations Ford Community Church on Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Calvary Church on Pineville-Matthews Road followed by a homegoing celebration at 11:00 a.m.