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Betty C. Davis

Betty C. Davis

Betty Davis, 99, just shy of her 100th birthday, died Monday, April 24, at the Briarwood Rehab Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Betty spent most of her adult life in Little Rock. She was born in Louisiana July 23, 1917 to parents, Albert J. and Maggie Eva Coats. She married George Rone Davis September 9, 1937 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Betty and George managed a Marina on Lake Ouachita and Maumelle. She worked for Worthern Bank as a teller until she retired. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi International Sorority. Her sorority sisters were best friends and the topic of many conversations. Betty participated in the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and enjoyed volunteering to help others.

A grandson wrote, "She was a feisty little pistol.. had a huge heart ... quick with a smile and generous with hugs." Hugs were her specialty. A longtime sorority sister said Betty always thanked God for giving her each day.

Betty is survived by her son Jim and wife, Jan Davis in Fort Wayne, Indiana; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren: Freeman, Chris, Greg, Sue Ellen, Tonya, Sarah, Jimmy (KC/Andrew Kelly) and George/Dawn (Nick & Joel), Mikel/Michele (Caelyn, Hali & Teagan), Rone/Cindy and 3 great -great-grandchildren, Layla, Miki & Connor Kelly. Nieces and nephews include Birdie Mae Hackney, Mike and Tonya Coats, Craig Coats, Ray and Barbara Coats, Kay, Ken Carter, Ernie and Donna Carter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, who died in 1979 and her son, William R (Bill) who died in 1997, her parents, and her brothers and sisters, Gus, Mary, James, Juanita, Toliver (TR), William (Bill), Ernestine (Tena) and Ernie.

Donations may be sent to Our Lady of Holy Souls Church in Little Rock, Arkansas where Betty was a longtime member.

Many thanks to Janet Crenshaw who cared for Betty as if she were her mother for many years. Thanks to all of Betty's neighbors, post lady and city workers who checked on her. Also, thanks to the staff of Briarwood Rehab for their gentle and compassionate care. A special thanks to Brandy, Rachel and Angel who comforted Betty in her final hours.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the Rosary beginning at 4:00 p.m., both at Ruebel Funeral Home Chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church with a burial following at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home.

Condolence Book

"My Aunt,
Your smile will be welcome as you greet Mom and the rest of the family. Though you will greatly missed, your love will always be with us."

Kenneth Carter | Valdosta, GA

"I'm so sorry for your loss, I loved Aunt Betty dearly and always enjoyed her visits to Georgia."
J-R. Carter | Valdosta Georgia

May you rest in peace. Give our Dad,Bill, hugs in heaven.

With ❤
Your granddaughter,
Sarah Davis/Willis"

Sarah Elizabeth Willis | Littlerock, AR

" Death is only the beginning, for those who follow our lord and savior Jesus Christ. For all must die when it is our time to be called home to our father in heaven, where we will be greeted by our people who have come before and are waiting for us all still. One day we will be together again, for death come for us all, all we can do is greet it with a smile, and in a flash we are made anew, perfect in all ways, free from sadness and sorrow, where only love and happiness are forever . I'll see you soon...but not yet..not yet. Until we met again granma.


Greg Davis | little rock, AR

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