2014-05-14 / Obituaries

Bobby Davis

Educator & Coach

Bobby Harold Davis of Blakely, Early County, Georgia, joined his parents and six siblings in eternal life on May 12, 2014. He was born in Coffee County, Ala., on April 8, 1933, to the late Effie and David Davis. His siblings were James Davis, Alcus Davis, Gladys Davis, Merle Stephenson, Vera Whitehurst and Agnes Stinson.

In 1963, Bobby married Duane Mellette of Early County, beginning 51 years of friendship and love. His blessed daughters are Laura Lynn Crouch and husband Jimmy of Duluth, Ga., and Valerie Pitchford and husband David of Headland, Ala. Grandchildren include, Davis Crouch, Abby Crouch, Callie Crouch, Camille Pitchford, Thomas Pitchford and William Pitchford. He cherished his role as husband and father and reveled in his role as grandfather.

Bobby graduated from Kinston High School in Kinston, Ala., and Troy State College in Troy, Ala. He earned his master’s degree from Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. He was a gifted athlete and played basketball in high school, college and the U.S. Army. He served a combined total of 35 years helping the young people of the Early County School System and Southwest Georgia Academy develop their full potential.

During his 30 years with the Early County School System, he served in the positions of teacher, basketball coach of boys and girls, DCT coordinator, VICA sponsor and vocational director. Bobby was a demanding, but loved educator who taught lessons for success that lasted long beyond the classroom, office and basketball court.

Mr. Davis was a member and past president of the Blakely Lion’s Club. Other affiliations include the PH Fitzgerald, Post Chapter 11 of American Legion, and the ECC Retired Teacher’s Association. A member of Zion Free Will Baptist Church and the Sowhatchee community, Mr. Davis served as a past deacon and Sunday School Superintendent.

A private family graveside service will be held in Sowhatchee Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, with the Reverend Rick Smith officiating.

Active pallbearers are his grandsons, Davis Crouch, Thomas Pitchford, and William Pitchford and sons-inlaw, Jimmy Crouch and David Pitchford. A Celebration of Life will follow in the afternoon at 5 p.m. at Zion Free Will Baptist Church. The Reverends Duane Littlefield and William Smith, and Dr. Alex Howell will officiate. Visitors will be received in the fellowship hall beginning at 4 p.m. until 4:50 p.m. and then again after the Celebration of Life service back in the fellowship hall.

Memorials are suggested to benefit the Memorial Fund of Zion Free Will Baptist Church, 856 Zion Road, Blakely, Ga., 39823, or Gentiva Hospice, 432 Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Ga., 39819.

Honorary pallbearers are Mickey Alexander, Milton Anderson, Arthur Brackin, Jeffrey Brackin, Mike Ellis, Ralph Ellis, Roscell Ellis, Earvin Evans, Terrry Ferguson, Eddie “George” Johnson, Perry Jarrett, Aldine Owen, William Powell, David Still, James Weaver, Ronnie Willis, members of the Lions Club, American Legion, Morning Coffee Club and former VICA members and athletes.

Manry-Jordan- Hodges Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

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