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March 29, 2014

Audrey Davis

TIFTON — TIFTON — Audrey Davis, a Tifton resident for the past six decades, died Thursday at her home after a long illness. She was 89. Services were held Saturday in the chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals. The Rev. Stephen Webb officiated and a eulogy was given by Mike Davis. Burial followed at Oakridge Cemetery. Mike Davis, Russ Davis, Shawn Watson, Lance Lever, David Monk and Brett Griffin served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Davis, a native of Anderson, S.C., moved to Tifton in 1954 following her marriage to John Henry Davis, the longtime president of Farmers Bank of Tifton, now First Community Bank. Mr. Davis predeceased her in March 1994.

Mrs. Davis was born in Anderson, S.C. on Aug. 5, 1924, the daughter of homebuilder Loring Brown Hembree and Irene Cox Hembree. She attended the Anderson schools and served as president of her senior class at Anderson High in 1940 while attaining various scholastic and citizenship awards. She attended Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C. and worked at the Anderson Independent newspaper during the time of the Second World War.

Mrs. Davis was married in 1941 to James Jefferson Lever Jr., who was the editor of the Clemson University newspaper and later an aide to United States Senator Olin Johnston of South Carolina in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lever died in 1952.

In Tifton, Mrs. Davis became active in many community organizations and was a 60-year member of Tifton’s First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the church Circle Clubs, the Tifton Garden Club and Club 55, as well as social clubs for bridge playing and dining. In her later years, she also served as a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program. She and Mr. Davis were avid travelers and toured all areas of North America and Europe.

Mrs. Davis is survived by a large and loving family, including sons John M. (Butch) Davis and his wife Jerri, James J. Lever III and his wife Brenda, William H. Lever and his wife Michele and daughter Rita Griffin and her husband Jack. She also is survived by eight grandchildren, John M. (Mike) Davis, Russ Davis, Lee Davis Watson, Lance Lever, Lori Lever Monk, Kathleen Lever, Brett Griffin and Kim Griffin. She also leaves great-grandchildren Matt Davis, Jared Davis, Drew Davis, Chandler Davis, Jenna Davis, John Davis, Brant Watson, Rylee Watson, Reece Watson, Lauren Lever, Aaron Lever, Hembree Monk, Lizzie Monk, J.D. Monk, Ty Griffin and Knox Griffin; and great-great-grandson Beckett Davis.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Tift Area, P.O. Drawer 747, Tifton, GA 31793; Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 2053, Tifton, GA 31793; Tiftarea YMCA, 1657 Carpenter Road S., Tifton, GA 31793; or Boy Scott Troup 62 at Tifton’s First United Methodist Church, 107 W. 12th St., Tifton, GA 31794.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the online guest registry at www.bowen-donaldson.com.

Services for the Davis family were under the care and direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.


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