Helen Joyce Stephens Davis, 85, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in a Chattanooga hospital.
She was a member of North Cleveland Baptist Church for 47 years, where she loved her Sunday school class “The Sunshine Class.”
She loved and lived for her family and loved to take care of others. She loved everyone and when you became her friend, you had a friend for life. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
She was the daughter of the late Clyde Franklin Stephens and Marchie Talent Stephens. She was also preceded in death by her father-in-law, Mart Davis; mother-in-law, Essie Gurley Davis; siblings: and Willie Lee Moats, Clyde Franklin Stephens, Elizabeth Carr and Margaret Stone Roof.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, James Paul Davis; children: Debbie Davis Reese and husband, Tom, and Eddie Davis and wife, Lisa, all of Cleveland; grandchildren: Paige Reese Freshour and husband, Chris, of Knoxville, Kyle Reese and wife, Lynda, of Vancouver, B.C., Tara Reese Thomas and husband, Adam, of Knoxville, Tyler Davis and wife, Rachel, of Cleveland and Anna Davis of Knoxville; six great-grandchildren: Drew, Reese and Ivy Freshour, all of Knoxville, Evangeline and Thomas Reese of Vancouver B.C. and Landon Thomas of Knoxville; siblings: Dorothy Brown, Alberta Williams, Charlotte Hall, Don Stephens, J.C. Stephens and Jerry Stephens; and countless nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 7:30 p.m. today, July 24, 2014, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Dr. Jay McCluskey officiating.
Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Rodney Burris, Tyler Davis, Chris Freshour, Kyle Reese, Austin Williams, Dennis Stephens, Adam Thomas and Scott Stephens serving as pallbearers.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 this evening at the funeral home prior to the service.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Building Fund at North Cleveland Baptist Church.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Davis family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.