Mildred Elaine Williams Davis was born on June 1, 1917, in Marshall County and died on Jan. 27, 2011, in Maryville, Tenn. at the age of 93.
Mrs. Davis was a beautiful, unique woman and everyone who knew her has a story to tell. She will be buried at Lone Oak Cemetery alongside her husband, parents and extended family.
A Memorial Service led by Rev. James Hickey will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at East Commerce Baptist Church. The family will be at the church before and after the service for those who wish to pay respects there.
The first child of Ernest Thompson Williams and Clemmie Whitsell Williams, Mildred's birth was followed by that of three younger sisters: Helen Williams (Mrs. Bill) Bowden, Sarah Williams (Mrs. Paul) Blackburn and Ernestine Williams (Mrs. Will Norris) Hunter.
She graduated from Marshall County High School in 1935 and a year later married her high school sweetheart, Clifford "Dick" Davis after his return from UT Knoxville. They had one son, Michael E. Davis, in February 1942, and moved to Detroit when Michael was six months old. After about a year, they returned permanently to Lewisburg to escape the stresses of big city life at that time.
Mrs. Davis was a housewife for most of her life with the exception of the years she and Dick ran the Dari D'Lite and Dick's Restaurant. She was an avid bridge player and with the help of her husband maintained a beautiful yard and flowers. She was a member of the DAR and a faithful member of First Baptist Church before becoming a charter and lifelong member of East Commerce Baptist Church.
Due to illness, she moved in her late 80s to Maryville to be near her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Mitzi, and her four grandchildren and their families: Melanie and Chad Dykes of Maryville, Holly of Maryville, Matthew and Tara Davis of Louisville, Ky., Abby Davis of Boston, Mass., and great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Gracie and Lillie Dykes and Shelby Davis. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Helen Bowden; nieces, Brenda Benson, Patti Moss, Patsy Sue Daughrity, and Paula Niblett; and nephews, Mack Bowden, Don Bowden, Ernie Blackburn, Ronald (Phil) Blackburn, and Phil Davis.
Friends may also acknowledge her life and death through memorials to East Commerce Baptist Church, 560 East Commerce St, Lewisburg, TN 37091, or Douglas Cooperative, a developmental center attended by her granddaughter Holly, 416 Home Avenue, Maryville, TN 37801.