Berry Funeral Home


Mariana Davis

9 March, 193812 June, 2021
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Mariana Davis, age 83, of the Hundred Acre Wood community, passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021. She earned her Bachelor, Masters and PhD from the University of Tennessee in education and guidance. She worked for her favorite people, students, as an educator and counselor in the Knox County School System for 50n years as well as the Saint Mary's School of Nursing. Mariana was devoted to her teaching and counseling stations of her life because she wanted to share her skill and knowledge with others. She often took her very young nephew, Joe Helms, to downtown Knoxville to teach him how to drive a three-speed mustang in traffic. She did love her mustang cars. Her interests not only included helping children and students but also learning to sail, learning to play the bagpipes, and collecting old coins. Bird watching was another life-long hobby for her. Golfing was her passion which worked well with her Golf Ranger job on Saturdays. As Piglet once said, "The things that make me different are the things that make me, me."

She has had so many wonderful friends throughout her lifetime, like Margaret Heins, and she shared Winnie the Pooh's philosophy about friends. "A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside." Her friends did enrich her life like one of Pooh's pots of honey. Being a member of All Saints Catholic Church, she cherished her church friends. One quotation that was so dear to her heart was as follows;

"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."

Preceded in death by mother, Anna Will; father, Thomas M.; sister, Martha Ellen Helms; and brother-in-law, Nathan Helms.

Survivors include niece, Anna Marie Hughes (Danny); nephew, Joe Helms; great nieces, Rachael Coleman (Sam) and Haley Anna Powers (Adam); great-great nieces, Abigail (Jio), Adelia Coleman and Joselyn Powers; great-great nephews, Atticus and Asher Coleman. Mariana is survived by many wonderful friends who brought her so much happiness and pleasure as did the caregivers at The Nursing Center at Little Creek.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in the parlors of Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville. Family and friends will meet Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Clark's Grove Cemetery, 3217 Williams Mill Road, Maryville, TN for a 2:00pm Graveside Service. Deacon Tim Elliot will be conducting the service, and Katelyn Liles will sing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, 119 Dameron Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. The family invites friends to share fond memories and sign the online guestbook at


  • Anna Marie Hughes (Danny), Niece
  • Joe Helms, Nephew
  • Rachael Coleman (Sam), Great Niece
  • Haley Anna Powers (Adam), Great Niece
  • Great-Great Nieces, Abigail (Jio), Adelia Coleman and Joselyn Powers
    Great-Great Nephews, Atticus and Asher Coleman.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 16 June , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, 17 June , 2021


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Cheryl Maddox-Coker

25 June 2021

Loved her as a basketball coach and teacher! Sorry for your loss. Class of '82

Linda Mynatt

24 June 2021

She was a guidance counselor with a heart and she actually, listened. Rest in peace.

Sister Martha Naber

22 June 2021

Though I wasn't directly involved with St. Mary's School of Nursing I was aware of Mariana's reputation and the influence she had on so many of the students. My prayers are with you and all who knew and loved her. May she rest in God's loving care!

Jill Robbins

22 June 2021

I met Mariana when I first began teaching at Bearden High. She and I shared the friendship of students I’d taught in middle school and she knew from BHS. Later she helped me learn to be an AP teacher. When we started the L&N Academy Mariana came out of retirement to help shepherd us through that difficult year. She called students in to help them see the AP courses they needed to select. I will always remember her great warmth and humor with fondness. Jill Robbins

Patricia Shepard

18 June 2021

Ms. Davis was a key member of the Rule High staff and family. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Marianna is another Rule High Golden Bear gone Platinum.

Martha Aiken

17 June 2021

Anna Marie, please accept my sincere sympathy with Marianas passing. I enjoyed my friendship with her and considered her a good friend for many years. You took good care of her. God bless. Martha Aiken

Mary Lou Kanipe

16 June 2021

I met Mariana Davis many years ago when I attended a workshop she conducted. I don’t remember what the topic of the workshop was but I do remember that I liked what I heard from this dynamic, passionate educator! Later, Mariana and I worked together at Bearden High. We didn’t always agree but we respected each other. During our time together at BHS we developed a bond that centered around our mutual concern for the students and teachers at BHS. Mariana made a difference in my life and in the lives of many others. Thank you, Mariana!!

Elaine Johnson

16 June 2021

To The Family
Mariana was truly a people person who loved her career as an educator/counselor. I had the opportunity to staff many cases with her during my early career as a juvenile probation counselor and she as a guidance counselor. We worked together for the better good of that individual youth. There is no doubt, Dr. Mariana Davis has left a positive impact on many youths and adults who had the priviledge of knowing her.

Dennis Bowman

15 June 2021

I grew up next door to Mariana on Gilbert Lane. She was truly a role model and inspiration for all the kids of the 60’s in that neighborhood. My prayers are with Anna Marie, Joe, and the rest of Mariana’s family.
Dennis Bowman

Gary Smith

15 June 2021

Neighbor, schoolmate and friend.

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