Georgia Davis

Obituary of Georgia Davis

Mrs. Georgia Davis, affectionately known as "Mama Sam", 95, of 402 N. Church Avenue, West Jefferson, NC, departed this life Monday morning, February 6, 2017.

Survivors include Catherine Davis Yates (Max) of Jefferson, NC and Hobart G. Davis (Lora) of Fleetwood, NC. Also surviving are ten, sixteen great-grandchildren and seven great, great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, was her husband, Samuel L. Davis, Sr.; sisters, Lucy Oliver Poston, Louise Oliver Graham Lewis and brother, Bill Oliver. Two sons, Samuel L. Davis, Jr. and Robert H. Davis also preceded her.

Georgia Ruth Oliver Davis was born December 17, 1921 to George Newton and Nancy Cordella Green Oliver in West Jefferson, NC. Growing up in West Jefferson in a humble, loving home, she graduated from West Jefferson High School and later married her classmate Sam Davis in 1940. Emerging from the World War II years with three small sons and soon after a daughter; Georgia became a homemaker, participating in church, scouting, gardening and rearing her family, alongside her husband, Sam. A life-long member of First Baptist Church of West Jefferson, she spent many decades as Sunday School teacher, WMU leader, Bible School helper and Baptist Training Union participant. She was a devout student of the Holy Bible and was well known for the charitable and compassion-filled life she lived. In her later years, she was a very active participant in the local chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy. Her love of sewing, knitting and quilting occupied many joyful hours and produced many beautiful creations. Her skills as a cook, honed through the necessity of feeding a large family and the influence of her mother, were highly appreciated by those who were fortunate enough to dine in her home.

Her legacy is one generosity, compassion, and love and being loved by her family and those who knew her. She confronted the many tragedies in her life with dignity, courage and faith, always with her beautiful smile and welcoming personality. Above all, she loved God and His creation.

Funeral services will be conducted at First Baptist Church, West Jefferson, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11:00am. The family will receive friends at Georgia's home in West Jefferson, 402 N. Church Avenue, from 11:00am until 6:00pm, Tuesday, February 7 and from 10:00am to 11:00am in the fellowship hall of First Baptist church, just before the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contribution to First Baptist Church, PO Box 180, West Jefferson, NC 28694 or the Ashe County Sharing Center, PO Box 705, Jefferson, NC 28640.