Carolyn June Ward Davis

April 1, 1941December 17, 2018

Carolyn June Ward Davis died December 17, 2018.

Carolyn was born April 1, 1941 to Bernard Vanada and Tennie Lillian Johnson Ward in Bemis, Tennessee. She graduated from South Side High School (Class of 1959). She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Lambuth College and a M.Ed. from Memphis State University.

In 1962, Carolyn married Ronald Lewis Davis, her high school and college sweetheart and became the proud mother of Malea Davis Mullins and Marianna Lynn (Thomas O'Neal) Forsythe. Ron preceded her in death in May of 2015 after 54 years of marriage. Carolyn's grandchildren are Katharine Hope Mullins, Jackson, TN, Thomas O'Neal (Trae) Forsythe III and wife Amanda Borah Forsythe of Murfreesboro, TN, and SPEC Justin Patrick Mullins and wife Anna Fowler Mullins, stationed with the US Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Her great-grandchildren are Charles (Charlie) Patrick Mullins of Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Travis Michael Forsythe of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She also leaves her sister-in-law, Lois Ward of Huntingdon, TN; niece, Katharine Ward (Brent) Bullock; nephews, John Eric Ward (Susan) and Grant Hammons Ward (Mary Anne). 

During the Vietnam era, Carolyn supported Ron in his service in the United States Navy. They served at 6 different duty stations in California and Virginia and endured 5 long deployments. After 10 years of active duty, they returned to Jackson, Tennessee. Carolyn finished her degrees and began teaching at South Side Junior High. After 5 years, she was moved to South Side High School where she taught Chemistry, Physics, and math classes ranging from Geometry through Calculus. In her later years at South Side, she taught the supercomputing class in association with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She was co-leader of the first Young Life Club at South Side High School. For almost thirty years, she served in a variety of roles at West Jackson Baptist Church, but most recently was the teacher of the Legacy BFT.

Graveside services led by Rev. Lonnie Sanders will be held December 19, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, Enville, TN. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to: RIFA (Regional Inter-Faith Association) 133 Airways Blvd., Jackson, TN 38301.


  • The Graveside Service Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Carolyn June Ward Davis

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Pam Ciyne

December 20, 2018

Even though I had Mrs. Davis as a teacher I loved her best with Young Life. Young Life was a big part of my high school days and I truly believe it kept me out of trouble thanks to Ron and Carolyn for supporting the Christian youth in South Jackson.💜✝️💜

Leanetta Allen

December 19, 2018

It was sad to read about Miss Carolyn passing. When we reflect on the "good old days", especially at West Jackson Baptist Church, the Davis family played a major role. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.

Tamala Vaughan

December 19, 2018

I met (Mama C) while attending West Jackson Baptist Church 17 years ago. She was working in the church office, and came across my offering envelope...the next opportunity available, she approached me and said that she use to own the house we owned...and our friendship began♥️
God sent her to my family at the time my mom passed and Mama C became like a surrogate mother to us. I will always love and cherish her for the hospitality, warmth, and love that she extended to me and my family.

Martha Morris

December 18, 2018

What can we say? We have such precious memories of Ron and Carolyn. They were such an integral part of our Malesus community, and were always willing to participate in all of our activities, at church , ballpark, or schools. Our girls always thought it was unfair to have a teacher who knew their parents so well---they could never get away with anything! And what special times we spent during fun times on vacations, in Panama City and at the Tennessee River. Then, in recent years she worked so hard to remind us of the importance of our Bemis History. There will never be one as energetic and ambitious as Carolyn!! Our prayers will be with you as you adjust to life without her. She may be gone, but the memories you all have of her (and what she taught you), will be with you and remembered forever. Our hope is that those memories will become clearer and dearer as the days go by. Love all of you, Alan and Martha Morris

Carla Roach

December 18, 2018

Miss Carolyn was a woman of commitment. She was committed to her Lord, her family, her church and her country. Miss Carolyn was always ready to help those in need. Her drive and determination made her an outstanding role model for her students. All who knew her know she is with our Lord. Prayers abound for the family.

Jane Ramer

December 18, 2018

Carolyn always had a smile for me! She took care of everyone around her. She was a wonderful, brilliant woman who loved her family and her Savior with every fiber of her being!