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The book of life opened for Roxie Lena Ford Davis on June 1, 1931, in Jakin, Georgia. She was the youngest of thirteen children born to the late William “Charles” Ford and Channie McDaniel Ford.
Roxie accepted CHRIST as her LORD and SAVIOR at an early age. She was a faithful and active member of Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jakin. As a lifelong member, she served in many capacities.
Roxie became the beloved wife of Lonnie Davis Jr. on July 17, 1965. They were married for 53 years.
Roxie attended school in Early County, Georgia, and graduated from Carver High School in 1950. Thereafter, she attended Albany State College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career in 1954. She taught in the Early County School System at Kesler Elementary in Damascus, Georgia, for many years and later at Early County Elementary School in Blakely, Georgia. Although she retired from the school system, she never stopped teaching. Being a lifelong educator, she had an impact on the lives of so many people. She was an inspiration to all whom she encountered. She had a heart and passion for helping others. It was her desire to see others excel in life through hard work, education, faith and integrity. She was full of knowledge, often sharing and reminiscing on the past. She loved THE LORD.
Roxie was active in the church and community. She served as a Steward, Chairperson of the Usher Board and member of the Missionary Society, and she worked in the Sunday School. She served as Co-Chairperson for the Church Family and Friends’ Day, as well as the Church Anniversary. In May 2013 she was recognized as Mother of the Year. She was also a member of the Civic-Minded Guardians, member of the Retired Teachers Association and Life Member of the Order of Eastern Star Rose of Sharon Chapter #124.
Roxie departed her earthly life on October 6, 2023. She was a beloved stepmother, aunt, cousin and friend. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; eight brothers Charlie B., Johnny K., Joshua C. Sr, Wilson, John, Samuel, Abraham and Lonnie; and five sisters Irene, Mary Magdalene, Jennie, Susie and Mittie.
She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted and loving family: Neil Davis (Grant, FL); Gail Davis (Tallahassee, FL); special niece and caregiver Frankie Lewis (Jakin, GA) , special nephew and caregiver Willie Ford (Jakin, GA); three sisters-in law: Corine Ford, Earlyne Ford (both of Jakin, GA), and Ruth Churchwell (Dunnellon, FL); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Fondly remembered as “THE LAST BUTTON ON THE SHIRT”