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George Price Funeral Home

1400 Ave J, Levelland, TX

OBITUARY

Bessie Lee Allen Davis

July 6, 1937October 22, 2010

Lee Davis was born July 6, 1937 in Brentwood, TN. At a young age, her family moved to Levelland, Texas where she completed her public education. Her lifelong passions were education and a love for Jesus Christ. These interests granted her many opportunities during her life to travel,k enjoy beautiful friendships, and serve the Lord with gladness! In following her interest in education, Lee graduated from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education and Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas with a Masters Degree in Education. She taught middle school in several communities in Texas, with the majority of her years at Ft. Stockton Middle School. During her teaching career, she taught many students mathematics, coached UIL math teams, and served as Head of the Math Department at Ft. Stockton. The greatest witness of her impact as a teacher comes from her students. One former student recently wrote of Lee's reputation for being strict, yet the student saws Lee's genuine spirit for teaching the students more than mathematics. Lee guided her students in learning how to make good decisions, be independent thinkers, and most importantly, know God's love for them. While being true to her love for Jesus Christ, Lee was constantly involved in ministry to children. She worked in Children's Church at First Baptist Church, Ft. Stockton for several years. She was also involved in outreach to underprivileged children in the same town. She and another couple from the church diligently served for five years among a population typically forgotten and lost in society. Upon retirement, Lee moved to Bangkok, Thailand to teach in a private Christian School. At the International Christian School, Mrs. Lee (as she came to be called in Thailand) gained many wonderful friendships among her colleagues. Likewise, she continued touching the lives of middle school students. Her involvement with Calvary Baptist Church in Bangkok led her to tutoring English for several adults. Her first student call her " the best English teacher I ever met". Another adult English student was a seminary student and local Thai pastor. He and Mrs. Lee partnered together and founded an outreach (Chang Noi Ministry) to underprivileged Thai children. Along with a staff and local volunteers the ministry continues today to share the love of Jesus Christ. Survivors include, her daughter and son in law Traci Lee and Daryl Reust of Edmond, OK, her mother, Mae Dempsey of Levelland, Texas; a brother Phillip Wayne (Rusty) Dempsey of Levelland, TX; two sisters; Talitha Gabol and Larrie Ann Austin, both of Levelland, Texas. She was preceded in death by her father, John Allen , her step father: Jake Dempsey and a sister, Ann Dennison.The family suggests memorials to Chang Noi Ministry, c/o Second Baptist Church, P. O. Box 1286, Levelland, Texas 79336. Please memo: Chang Noi Ministry. To join the family in celebrating Lee's life, go to www.georgepricefunerals.com.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 27, 2010
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 28, 2010
  • Burial Thursday, October 28, 2010

Memories

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Sharon Rice

November 2, 2010

Just wanted to let you know that Lee was instrumental in encouraging me to teach English in Thailand. She was a wonderful lady, and we shared many good times together in her apartment working on teaching materials together.

Lee was so easy to get to know, so real, and she had a great sense of humor. Her love for Abba was so evident and her passion for ministering in Thailand was such an inspiration.

I consider her a great friend, and I look forward to seeing her again one day in our real Home with our Abba.

May God go with you and continue to give you peace as you go through the grieving process.

Diana Powell

November 2, 2010

I'm sorry to hear of Lee's passing. She was a dedicated teacher with a big heart for children. Thank you Traci, for giving us the opportunity to email 'goodbye'. Our prayers are with you.

November 2, 2010

Thank you for being a wonderful friend. We will remember your love for people and your love to serve the Lord. You are now in a better place where there is no tear and pain. We will see you again in our Abba's house.
Ped (Chiangrai, Thailand)

Charlene Kasdorf

November 1, 2010

If my husband and I had never met Lee we would not have moved to Bangkok to teach and volunteer. While we were traveling throughout Southeast Asia, we happened to sit in the pew in front of Lee at the Baptist church she attended in Bangkok. She discovered that my husband taught a subject that needed to be filled at the International Community School and insisted we meet with the headmaster the next day. We returned to Canada only to pack our lives into six suitcases. We were continually blessed by her friendship as we taught alongside her at ICS and eventually volunteered at a sister church of Chang Noi…easily the most rewarding experience of my time in Bangkok. Thank you for being the window into that life Lee.

Robert Moody

November 1, 2010

Lee was an inspiration to me during my time teaching in Bangkok and attending Calvary Baptisit Church there. My prayers are with the family.

Martin Carrie Chappell

November 1, 2010

Traci, We are praying for you and your family as you grieve the loss of your mom. Lee has had a profound impact on our lives in so many ways. We are grateful for her friendship and support as Martin and I have navigated the waters of international ministry in Bangkok. She will be missed at Calvary and in Bangkok. We rejoice in knowing she is with Jesus and we will see her again. Blessings God's peace, Martin and Carrie Chappell

Cheri Green

November 1, 2010

Traci, I remember when I first met your mom in Ft. Stockton. Your mom was a wonderful, warm, and compassionate person. Jesus always shinned in her face when she spoke. I learned that weekend where you got your love of the Lord and your servants heart--from your mom. Don and I are praying for you and Daryl during this time. We love you.

Randy&Shea Reust

November 1, 2010

Our prayers are with you.

November 1, 2010

Lee's life has touched many through her ministry in Thailand via the Abba House. Because of her, lives will continue to be blessed for years to come.

Our Sunday School class, Willing Workers of Corinth Baptist Church in Elizabeth City NC, will always remember the warm smile and charming personality when she visited us in the past. We enjoyed her talk about the children and the challenges and joys of the Abba House ministry in Thailand.

Lee's unselfish giving of not only her time but herself and all her "worldly goods" to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those in other lands will certainly have an impact on the Heavenly City that someday will shine a little brighter because of her.
Our deepest condolences to her family and friends on her passing, but hopefully God's Grace will ease the pain of separation until "we meet again."

Willing Workers Class- John McMahon - Class Treasurer

choowong Kibangkok

November 1, 2010

i first met Mrs. Lee in 2007 at Chang Noi minitry home where Mrs.Lee established this home. Her ministry and passion supporting for children in my home town has been come to my attention. She was so impressive lady that i have been known. She saw the need in the out reach area where the local people like me never thought about it. i am very sad for her leaving. i have made the special article for Lee in my church at http://prasanya.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=222:2010-10-27-05-48-07&catid=99:2009-10-04-15-19-25&Itemid=406

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Sisters!

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All in the family

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Lee and her Mother sharing laughs!

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Traveling Buddies in Canada

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Thanks for being a friend

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Lee in quite reflection

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Lee loved her daughter, Traci!

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Fun on Traci's wedding day

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Lee as Mother-of-the-Bride