OBITUARY

Davia Ann Stalnaker

August 21, 1951September 30, 2020

Davia Ann Stalnaker went to be with Jesus on September 30, 2020. Davia was born in Morganfield, Kentucky and soon moved to Charleston, South Carolina with her family. She attended Hanahan High School where she was a cheerleader. Davia then went to Erskin College and Clemson University in S.C. While growing up, she helped her father, John Berry, race sailboats up and down the East Coast. Davia married Jerry Stalnaker, a career Air Force pilot, and they had two children while moving around the country. She taught school in S.C. on two occasions, one when she was just 21 and again later in life when she lived in Niceville, Florida. Davia worked as a media specialist at Ruckel Middle School where she had many, many friends. Niceville was her home for over 20 years. Always, the team mom, Davia was very active in the Booster Club and the Niceville Little League. In addition, she helped the youth choir at the First United Methodist Church in Niceville. One of Davia’s favorite things to do was dance the Shag. She was really good at it! Another of her likes was feeding the birds. The highlight of her life was a trip to Europe with her husband to meet his French relatives. They went to Paris and Nice and then on to Italy. What a wonderful time they had together on this trip. She never forgot the fun they had. Her husband accompanied her to Panama where they traveled the country. She really loved the Panamanians. Davia was preceded in death by her mother, Rosemary Berry and step-brother, Beau Berry. She leaves behind her husband of 43 years, Jerry Stalnaker; her sons, Zack and Jake; and her grandchildren that she loved so dearly: Caleb, Katie, Asher, Luka, Zeke, Ella and Romie. They will always remember their YaYa. She loved them so much. She also leaves behind her father, John Berry; her aunt, Freddie Flaks; her uncle, Ken Flaks and their children; step-mother, Joan Berry; and step-brother, Scott Berry. There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate her life at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Church of Eleven22 Baymeadows Drive Campus, 8133 Point Meadows Drive, Jacksonville, FL. A reception will immediately follow at 1868 Arden Way, Jacksonville Beach, FL. She will be inurned at Jacksonville National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Davia’s name to the Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry (heartscrychildren.com).

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Reception to Follow

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

Memories

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Jamie Giorello

October 17, 2020

Davia had the kindest of souls. She loved to talk about her childhood and I loved to listen. The manners of a true Southern Lady. Get her going on something that irritated her and she was a riot. You were something else lady. True beauty.

Mimi Smith

October 9, 2020

Sweet Jerry, Zachary and Jacob--What a year 2020 has been! I was so sadden and shocked to hear of Davia's passing. She was a beautiful soul both inside and out. I have such fond memories of visiting when you guys lived on Bolling AFB and in Valdosta, GA. Davia was a true southern lady, funny, had beautiful smile, loving, caring, kind and could hold her own when necessary. I know she was extremely loved and will be truly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. May God grant you his peace in this time of such sorrow. You are now, and will be, in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Mimi Smith

Karen England

October 6, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of Davia when our boys went to school and played sports together in Niceville. She always had a smile on her face and was ready to help do whatever needed to be done. Jerry, Jake, and Zach we are so sorry for your loss.
We love you,
James and Karen England

Shari Pitzer

October 6, 2020

I didn't really know Davia that good. But everytime that I went to the house to pick Boston up she would always come out to the car and talk for a little bit. Just the times that I talked with her she seemed like a very sweet lady. She's now in a better place and I know that one day we will all meet again.

Sandee Thomas

October 6, 2020

I will always be grateful for davias smile and kindness. She was always jakes biggest baseball fan!!!! The world has lost a great person.

Kyle Stalnaker

October 6, 2020

Flooded with great memories of my Aunt Davia as I mourn losing her. Aunt Davia's house was my first destination when I would come to see my Dad every summer. She would stack her pantry and fridge with the BEST food and drinks for every kid in Raintree who she would let freely come and go from her house. Always so loving and nurturing, always something hilarious and clever to say. Aunt Davia was there for me whenever I needed her. She loved that our August birthday's were so close; we celebrated simultaneously many times over the years out at dinner with family and friends. Awesomely unique and irreplaceable, the Stalnaker's have lost another cherished asset of our family. Pull your loved ones a little closer in her memory. I love you Aunt Davia. Xo

Staci Tramont

October 5, 2020

I will never forget Thanksgiving Eve 2013. Your sweet mother was on a mission to make sure you & Jessie had the very best. (Organic only)! She didn't accept no for an answer and certainly wasn't going to settle for second best for her family. Her unconditional love shined through then and I know it's shining down from heaven today. Continued prayers of comfort and strength.

Barbara Moore

October 5, 2020

When it was Zach s senior prom and I had agreed to host the kids at beach condo, Davia and Jerry came to bring food and meet my husband and I to be sure the younger set would be monitored, BBQ MEATBALLS in crockpot were a hit
So appreciated a set of parents that showed up and participated
And called the next morning to see if we had seen anything of Jake

Krista Miles

October 5, 2020

Davia, was such a kind soul. Growing up and growing through my parents getting divorced the Stalnaker’s treated me like family. She always had a kind inviting smile and fed all of us kids. It was a safe place for me to be throughout hard years and even beyond growing older, she was always someone I was fond of. Her family is my family and she was a mother to every kid who came across the threshold of her ardmore court home. Each time I think of her I will smile.

Reagan Westenbarger

October 5, 2020

My deepest sympathy for you guys and the Stalnaker crew we love Davia as she had one of the biggest hearts💕 I know cared for me and our family like her own! Love you both dearly and will always remember here asking what flavored chips we want to go with our home made sandwiches during sleep overs the reminders "yall be safe boys" and the number one fan cheering all of us on in sports! We will always cherish her and sweet Rosie thankyou Jerry, Zack and Jake for sharing your great mother, wife and our God mother. RIP Ms. Stalnker and look upon us from the heavens! 🧡 🐅 This is an orange heart for her love of Clemson and yalls for Auburn!

Much love and if you all need an ear, hug, beer, or memories anything in the days ahead just reach out!

So glad I was able to be with the family to mourn last week always remeber she will want us all to smile, push through the tough times, & have fun!

Cheers to Ms. Stalnaker!

FROM THE FAMILY

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