GREENSBORO Ann Bell Davis passed away on June 9, 2012, at the a ge of 79 in Greensboro, N.C.
She was born August 10, 1932, in Henderson, N.C., and was raised in Elberon, Va., by her aunt, Minnie Bell Seward.
She graduated from Longwood College in Farmville, Va., and worked as an elementary school teacher. She and her husband Carroll Davis, Jr., lived in Baltimore, Md., for 20 years, before moving to Greensboro, N.C., in 1977.
Ann was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. She was known for her devotion to Christ and her humble servant's heart, always putting the needs of others before her own. Ann was also known for her deep love for the Bible and her desire to support foreign missions.
She was a very active member of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the senior adults' choir. She also enjoyed photography and needlework, making lovely photo albums and afghans for her family. She loved to spend time with her family and play cards with them.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Carroll Davis, Jr.; her sons Joe Davis and his wife Dana of Lakeland, Fla., and John Davis and his wife Lisa of Greensboro, N.C.; one brother, Claude Taylor Bell of San Diego, Calif.; one sister, Virginia Bell Rethy of Carlsbad, Calif.; five grandchildren, Kathryn Bishop, Matthew Davis, Laura Davis, Sam Davis, and Rachel Davis; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 13, at 11 a.m. at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, 4800 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro. Visitation will be at the church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday preceding the service.
A graveside service will also be held at Campbell Memorial Church in Weems, Va., at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 or Friendly Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund. A memorial scholarship fund to train future missionaries and pastors has also been set up at Southeastern University. Donations can be sent to University Advancement, 1000 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801.
Words cannot begin to express the family's deep appreciation for the love and support of Dr. Pat Cronin and the members of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church; Cheryl Keen and Leah Davis, who were so helpful during her final days; and so many other dear friends and family members. Thanks also to the compassionate staff at Wesley Long Emergency Room, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital and at Beacon Place (Hospice).
Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel is serving the Davis family and online condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com