OBITUARY

Annie Catherine Barrow Davis

September 24, 1926December 16, 2020
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On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, Catherine Davis peacefully passed away at home after a year of declining health. She was 94 years old.

Catherine was born in Raleigh, NC, and lived there all her life. She grew up in a large family, the fifth of 10 children (4 brothers, 6 sisters) during the Great Depression. As a result, Catherine had a difficult early life and developed an appreciation for the simple things.

Catherine graduated from Hugh Morson High School in Raleigh, NC. After graduation she worked in several downtown department stores. She married Charles Marcus Davis, Jr. on September 29, 1945. Catherine spent her life as a homemaker raising six children: Mike, Chuck, Phil, Paul, Pam and Kelly. In addition to raising her own children, Catherine also provided daycare for other children of working parents for a number of years. She loved children, and was a natural born teacher and caregiver. When she retired from child care she continued supporting children through charities. Catherine was a good southern cook. She loved to read through cookbooks and try new recipes. She was a talented seamstress, making clothes for herself and her young daughters. She crafted beautiful decorative banners for her church, all works of art made with love. Catherine liked to crochet, making things like colorful afghan blankets and delicate Christmas tree snowflake ornaments. Sitting in the swing or rocking chair on her front porch in the warm sunshine was a favorite pastime. There she would talk with friends and family, gaze at nature, read and do word search puzzles.

Catherine was a lifelong member of St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. She was a beloved adult Sunday school teacher, and an active participant in church life and fellowship.

Catherine was a beautiful, strong, independent, resilient and wise woman. She had a gentle, caring soul. Catherine lived through many difficult life experiences, and drew her strength and wisdom from her faith in God. She hoped for a brighter tomorrow. Catherine possessed a 1st Corinthians 13 kind of love, and in return she received tremendous love and support from her family and friends.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents: Bertie Lee Medlin Barrow and Troy Macon Barrow. She was also preceded in death by her brothers: Sherlock, Howard, John Thomas and Donald Barrow, as well as four of her five sisters: Mildred Carrol, Vivian Fletcher, Doris Barrow and Nell Blackwell.

Catherine lost her husband of 26 years, Charles Marcus Davis, Jr., in 1972; a daughter, Pamela Lee Davis Pleuddemann in 1987; a son, Charles Macon Davis in 1993 and a grandson, Shawn Marcus Davis in 2012.

Catherine is survived by a sister, Clara Mitchell of Raleigh, NC; son, Mike Davis (Pam) of Roswell, GA; son, Phil Davis (Becky) of Candler, NC; son, Paul Davis of Raleigh, NC; and daughter, Kelly Davis Stewart (Frank) of Greensboro, NC. She is also survived by grandson, Joshua Davis of Cartersville, GA; granddaughter, Vanessa Davis Sadler of Midlothian, TX; and grandson, Jacob Davis Stewart of Greensboro, NC. Catherine has two great grandchildren: Catlyn and Lily Sadler, of Midlothian, TX.

Now Mom is in heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She no longer suffers the physical and emotional afflictions of this mortal life. She has been made whole. She now sees the beauty of heaven and hears the angels singing. Well done good and faithful one.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2pm at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to Transitions LifeCare at transitionslifecare.org or another charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC.

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PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, December 5, 2021

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Sharon O'Donnell

December 28, 2020

Mrs. Davis was a member of St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church where I was blessed to meet her when I was a little girl attending the church with my family. The Davis family was very special, and I was in the church youth group with Kelly and on the Board of Deacons with Pam. Mrs. Davis was a church leader who taught the adult Sunday School class for many, many years, and I remember my parents talking about what wisdom and insight she shared during those lessons. She loved children and kept many of them both in the church and outside of the church, including ministers' children She was known as Miss Catherine to many children and their parents. I remember Mrs. Davis's kind smile.
She and her family often sat on the row behind us during the church service, and I recall my family members loving to hear Mrs. Davis's sweet voice singing the familiar hymns. Mrs. Davis had hearing difficulties, so sometimes her voice might not be in sync with the music, but her voice was the most beautiful one there because you could hear her genuine praise for the Lord in every song. Over the years, I would listen for the sound of her voice as we sang the hymns because her voice provided comfort for me and instilled my faith. Mrs. Davis was the epitome of steadfast faith, & my family members and I drew strength from her sometimes in our own ups and downs of life. I can just imagine the wonderful reunions she is having with her beloved family members & friends who have gone to heaven before her. A few months before her death, Mrs. Davis and Kelly came to visit my 96-year-old parents, and they all set out under my parents' carport and spent time together. She and Kelly brought my parents a beautiful gift basket, which meant so much to them. Up until the end, Mrs. Davis was giving of herself. I remember another time, a few years ago, when my mother and I visited her and Kelly on her front porch. We sat on the swing and reminisced as the breeze blew, and I will always cherish that moment.

Scott Breedlove

December 20, 2020

There has never been a day in my life that Mrs. Catherine is not in it. She was my sitter. The only one I ever. I have had the pleasure of being her neighbor all my life. My first memory of my childhood is being carried over to her house under a blue blanket by my daddy on his way to work. Running over to her house hurt when I was 13 when my parents weren't at home and falling asleep knowing I was safe in her den. Playing hours and hours in her yard . eating spaghetti sitting on her bench at her table. Swinging on the front porch. Chipping my tooth on her front porch step. And her love. Her love for me and everybody she loved was so sweetly given. Watching her rake leaves in her yard for all of 30 years. Memories that will always be special. She was the best of neighbors and my mama loved her too. They are now neighbors in Heaven forever more. In Heaven as here on earth. Comfort and peace to Kelly and family. Sending love hugs and prayers.

Robin Gauvreau

December 20, 2020

Some of my favorite memories of Aunt Catherine are of summer vacations to Raleigh. The cousins all congregated on the porch waiting for a turn on the porch swing.
Catharine always had a smile for us and a cold drink from her icy cold metal cups.

David Council

December 19, 2020

Prayers and thoughts for the Davis family from all the Council family. Fond memories of the kids running around Catherine's house.

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