Shirley L. Davis

Shirley L. Davis age 92 of Redding California, formerly of The Villages in Florida and Greenville, passed away Saturday evening at her home where she had been cared for by her son Jerry (Natta) Davis for the past 5 years.

Graveside funeral services will be held at noon Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery with Pastor Darryl Bolen officiating; and the family welcome friends joining them there with a meal at the First Christian Church following burial. Memorials may be made to the V.F.W Axillary or to the Mark Twain Library at Donnell-Wiegand.

Shirley was born in Greenville on April 3, 1927 during the Depression. After her parent’s divorce Shirley was raised by Stella and Jake Neumann on their Peach Orchard. During WWII she married Earl Davis from the Navy and moved to San Diego where she became a street car driver. They returned to Greenville where Shirley raised her family. Shirley graduated from Greenville High School, Greenville College, and received her Masters from SIU in education. She taught at the Pocahontas Elementary Center for over 25 years. In retirement she and Earl moved to Lady Lake, Florida in the Villages where Shirley had another 20 years of volunteering, including: being past President of the Local American Legion Axillary, being recognized by Florida as Woman Of The Year. Shirley served twice as president of the AARP, assisted with Veteran’s Hospital and Mark Twain Library cataloguing the donated 20,000 books.

Shirley is survived by her son Jerry L. Davis and his wife Natta who has lovingly cared for her. Shirley has four grandchildren; Kurt Davis and wife Angie of Tulsa, OK, Teresa Davis of Jacksonville, IL, Mac Davis of Austin, TX, Mae Davis of Austin, TX, great-grandchildren: Kaelyn Peterson, Cameron Davis, Josh Eagan, and four great-great-grandchildren. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents Vallee Carl “Peck” Senn and Grace A. Nesbit Senn, her husband Earl, and her son Danny Davis.

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