Mildred Ruth Davis

February 20, 1927May 13, 2012

Mildred Ruth Davis, age 85 of Kingsport, entered into rest on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Holston Valley Medical Center. Mrs. Davis was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William “Barney” Buchanan. She moved to the Kingsport area in 1964 from Wise, Virginia and attended Good Sheppard Baptist Church. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Davis; brothers: William Barney Buchanan, Jr., Arvil Eugene Buchanan and Charles Donald Buchanan; and sister, Joetta Burkett. Survivors include her sons: Teddy Davis and wife Wanda, Johnny Davis and wife Valerie and Bob “Bobby” Davis and wife Shela; a daughter, Joanna Horne and husband Joe; grandchildren: Stephanie Cookenour and husband Stacy, Andrea Malarae and husband Danny, Jodie Dixon and husband Scott, Brad Davis and wife Becca, Charity Waters and husband Bryan, Erica Foster and Katie Davis; great grandchildren: Blake Cookenour, Nathan Dixon and Cora Lynn Dixon, Carson Waters, Lucus Miskus and Hadley Foster; brothers: Roy Buchanan and wife Gerri, Ralph Buchanan and wife Joyce, Bill Buchanan and wife Jean, and Marvin “Buzz” Buchanan and wife Susan; sister, Faye Starbird and husband Ed and a brother-in-law, Johnny Burkett along with several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service for Mildred Ruth Davis will be conducted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home with Pastor Roy Graves officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. until the service hour. Entombment services will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in East Lawn Memorial Park. Everyone is asked to assemble at the cemetery by 9:45 a.m. for the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kingsport Humane Society, 2141 Idle Hour Road, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660. Please visit to leave a condolence for the family. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park is in charge of the arrangements and is honored to serve the Davis family.


  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mildred Ruth Davis

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Teresa Laney

May 18, 2012

Bobby and Johnny and entire family, I was very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My thought and prayers are with you all. Teresa Marshall Laney and Family

Connie/Cecil Batchelor

May 17, 2012

Ted, Wanda, Stephanie and Andrea, a friend told us about your mother, grandmother passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Remembering all the good times when we lived next to you all. That seems like yesterday :) She said your girls were as beautiful as ever. Would love to see all of you again sometime. Love and prayers, Connie and Cecil Batchelor (Raleigh, NC)

May 15, 2012

Joanna, Teddy, Johnny Ray, & Bobby: Please know that even though we will not be able to come up for the funeral, we are keeping you guys in our thoughts and prayers. Aunt Ruth was a wonderful person, and I know she loved her family dearly. We love you all! Love Terry (Buchanan) and Don Blair

Margaret Wright

May 15, 2012

Johnny and Valerie,
Ken and I want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are sad to hear about your Mom. We know how very difficult it is during the loss of a parent. We pray that sweet memories comfort you over the days ahead. We wish we could be there, but please know we have you in our hearts. Love, Margaret and Ken Wright