Lona Belle Fox Davis, 89, of Valley River Ave., Murphy died Friday, August 23, 2013. She was born in Alexander County, NC on September 15, 1923, but had lived most of her life in Murphy where she came to as a bride with her husband, Boyd of 54 years. She was a graduate of Mars Hill College Class of 1942. She taught school in Alexander County and in the Murphy Elementary School before becoming Food Service Director of Murphy City Schools for 26 years. After leaving the school system, she became the manager of the Valley Village Jewelry Store from which she retired. Lona was a member of the First Baptist Church of Murphy where she had served as a Sunday School teacher for 50 plus years, teaching mostly in the adult department. During her many years in the church, she served in the Women’s Missionary Union and other departments. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Rebecca Sunday School Class where she had served as teacher and assistant teacher. She had served as a volunteer with the Murphy Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary. Since her retirement, wood carving and painting were her hobbies. She also loved growing flowers and reading.
She was the daughter of the late Kent Calvin and Hattie Hefner Fox and the wife of the late Boyd H. Davis, who died November 21, 2000. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Nell Keever and Daisy Hollar; and a brother, Roy Fox.
Surviving are a daughter, Teresa Denise Cooledge and husband, Mark of Greer, SC; a son, Timothy Kent Davis and wife, Mary of Lilburn, GA; three grandchildren, Morgan and Erin Cooledge of Greer and Christopher Davis of New York City; former daughter-in-law, Judye Bunn Davis of Dunwoody, GA; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Sunday, August 25 in the Murphy First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dick Stillwell officiating. Interment was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Samuel Davis, Tommy and Bill Adams, Scott Fox, Greg Worley, and Gary Kelley.
The family received friends from 12:30 – 1:45 Sunday afternoon at the Murphy First Baptist Church prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Murphy, 517 Hiwassee Street, Murphy, NC 28906 or Murphy Medical Center, 3990 E US Hwy 64 Alt., Murphy, NC 28906.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.