Zakia Davis

COLUMBIA - Zakia “Mookie” Precious Classie Davis was born on April 5, 1986, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Stephen Davis and the late Shirley Davis. She was raised in Brooklyn, and later moved to South Carolina. Zakia attended various schools for children with special needs.

Zakia's primary care was provided by her mother, Shirley Davis, until her death. Zakia sustained brain damage during birth in which doctors gave her three years to live. Beating all odds, she lived a happy life until August 7, 2021, with the love and support of her family.

As we all know, there were things she couldn’t do, but that's not what we saw; her laughter, unbridled happiness, her expressions of love with loud utterances and looks. Zakia could even express love by showing who she felt comfortable enough to fall asleep near because she trusted she’d be cared for. Zakia also had a way of communicating her needs by crying or fussing, because she knew her family would come and help her. Love isn’t only shared through words. Love is much deeper than the words, and she has shown us that.

Just think of all the gifts Zakia gave us. Though her vulnerabilities, she gave us the gift of insight and showed us things we might otherwise have taken for granted or missed. She helped us to see the beautiful soul of her family. Her family - the ones who bore most of the caretaking tasks, day after day, month after month. It is a special kind of dedication that enables people to put their own lives on hold so they can do everything possible to care for their loved one.

Zakia reminded us that most of our problems are not really problems, and to be grateful for what we have. We must savor the sweet, beautiful moments we have every day, because ultimately life is fragile. And someday all too soon, we must say goodbye.

Zakia taught us how to love without words, without limits, without reasons, and that is the greatest triumph of any life.

Zakia leaves to cherish her memory her father, Stephen Davis; one sister, Chukell Smalls; two brothers, Caesar Smalls and Stephen Davis; nieces and nephews: Janera Roper, Bishmell Small, Maurice Matheson, Tyrell Smalls, Tyrese Smalls, Angelise Davis, Arianna Davis, Jasmine Smalls, Shirley Lynn Smalls; great nieces and nephew: Iradessia d’near Dixon Matheson, Amarah Phoenix Dixon Matheson and Elijah Davis; uncles and aunts: two uncles and six aunts, all from NYC; two godmothers, Angela Hammonds and Zakia Shabazz.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Davis.