OBITUARY

Barbara L. Davis

June 3, 1932February 6, 2021
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Barbara L. Davis, age 88, passed away peacefully on Feb 6, 2021. She was born June 3, 1932 in New Orleans, LA to Ennemon Isaac and Elodie Eloise Laferriere. The house where they lived was in the shadow of Tulane Stadium. She attended Ursuline Academy. She married Berkeley Davis in 1952. They first moved to Biloxi, MS near Keesler Air Force Base where Berkeley was on active duty there during the Korean War. While they were in Biloxi their first son Don was born. They lived for a time in Michigan on the Upper Peninsula and in New York on Long Island.

They later moved to Jackson, MS where Doug, Rob and Sally were born. While in Jackson Barbara volunteered for the Jackson Youth Court serving as a child advocate. She followed and mentored kids that were in legal trouble. While living in Jackson she organized a neighborhood group to fund and build what would become the Briarwood Swimming Pool. All four of her children swam there for years.

Later she and her family moved to Clinton. She was a member of the Holy Savior Catholic Church in Clinton. She attended Mississippi College and earned a BS in Sociology.

After college she got a job at University of Mississippi Medical Center as Head of Field Operations for the Jackson Heart Study. This was an epidemiological study of the effects of Atherosclerosis on the black community. Her ability to recruit and retain participants was unmatched. Many individuals running other studies would call her even after her retirement asking her for advice on how to enroll and retain participants.

She loved antique collecting, going to auctions, playing contract bridge with her friends (while trying to trounce them), gardening, collecting precious stones and spending time with family.

She is survived by three children, Doug Davis (Amanda), Rob Davis (Frances), and Sally Wolf (Chris). She is survived by her grandchildren: Berkeley and Jessica Davis, Natalie Knutson and Wes Davis, Sam King.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, February 21, 2021

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Wrenn Stanley

February 15, 2021

Wrenn and I had the privilege to buy some land from Mrs Davis, and build our home next to hers. We will always remember her feeding the geese in the pond by calling them here goosey goosey and they would come to her to eat. She also introduced me to Shack’s Pizza when I took her to an appointment! A person always knew where they stood with her, she never was afraid to say what she thought! We will never forget her but know she is in a much better place! Prayers for her family! Wrenn and Debra Stanley

The Fiske Family

February 8, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis Family. God Bless.

Shane Strausbaugh

February 7, 2021

Sending our thoughts and prayers to all the Davis family.

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Biography

Barbara L. Davis, age 88, passed away peacefully on Feb 6, 2021. She was born June 3, 1932 in New Orleans, LA to Ennemon Isaac and Elodie Eloise Laferriere. The house where they lived was in the shadow of Tulane Stadium. She attended Ursuline Academy. She married Berkeley Davis in 1952. They first moved to Biloxi, MS near Keesler Air Force Base where Berkeley was on active duty there during the Korean War. While they were in Biloxi their first son Don was born. They lived for a time in Michigan on the Upper Peninsula and in New York on Long Island.

They later moved to Jackson, MS where Doug, Rob and Sally were born. While in Jackson Barbara volunteered for the Jackson Youth Court serving as a child advocate. She followed and mentored kids that were in legal trouble. While living in Jackson she organized a neighborhood group to fund and build what would become the Briarwood Swimming Pool. All four of her children swam there for years.

Later she and her family moved to Clinton. She was a member of the Holy Savior Catholic Church in Clinton. She attended Mississippi College and earned a BS in Sociology.

After college she got a job at University of Mississippi Medical Center as Head of Field Operations for the Jackson Heart Study. This was an epidemiological study of the effects of Atherosclerosis on the black community. Her ability to recruit and retain participants was unmatched. Many individuals running other studies would call her even after her retirement asking her for advice on how to enroll and retain participants.

She loved antique collecting, going to auctions, playing contract bridge with her friends (while trying to trounce them), gardening, collecting precious stones and spending time with family.

She is survived by three children, Doug Davis (Amanda), Rob Davis (Frances), and Sally Wolf (Chris). She is survived by her grandchildren: Berkeley and Jessica Davis, Natalie Knutson and Wes Davis, Sam King.