Nelly Jeanne Davis

April 16, 1987November 16, 2020

Nelly Davis Thursday, April 16, 1987 - Monday, November 16, 2020

Nelly Davis is survived by Clark Davis (Gail Leviner), Sandy Pappas, Zella Davis, Zero Davis and her beloved family and friends.



12 December

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Woody Funeral Home - Parham

1771 North Parham Road
Richmond, Virginia 23229

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Brittany Cooper

November 23, 2020

Nelly was my angel! When I was younger I was headed into the foster care system and Nelly having such an amazing heart opened her home and life to me. Made sure I ate, I was on honor roll the first time in my life, clothed me, gave me Christmas and my own bedroom. Seriously was the biggest and brightest light in my young world that was full of darkness. So selfless ! Nelly still to this day! I thank you baby! You helped save me from going down a bad path and I will forever be grateful and thankful.. because you too were a young adult and did not have the answers.. just a strong and caring heart. đź’•

Mari Pappas

November 23, 2020

Mari Pappas

November 23, 2020

Always the loving big sister... :-)

Mari Pappas

November 23, 2020

Even when alone be cheerful, remembering always that you are in the sight of the angels.

-St. Therese of Lisieux

Megan Ashby

November 23, 2020

I love you Nelly and will always remember you for your awesome personality and high spirit! I’ve known you since I first moved to Lakeside when we were about 14 . Rest easy Pinche’!

Stacey Pemberton

November 21, 2020

My lil Nellz, its has been such a pleasure to have met you MANYYYY years ago and claimed you as my own(little sister)!! I remember I couldn't WAIT for you to come hang with us on the weekends! You, Jamie, Leann, Kristin, Stevie and god knows who else, lol!! It was NEVER EVER a dull moment!! NEVER!! I often think of you, then I sit back laugh at the crazy things you would do and or say!! Lol! I'll continue to hold those precious memories of you and never let them fade!!! May you rest peacefully lil sissy!! Until we meet again, I love you!! Muahhhhhh!!

Charles Pool

November 21, 2020

Our greatest sympathies to Sandy, Clark, Zella and Walter. We have such wonderful, happy memories of Nelly Jeanne with all of her friends in Oregon Hill. This photo was taken at the Easter Egg hunt in Holly Street Playground.

We send our love and condolences.

Charles and Carla

Holly Slaughter

November 21, 2020

Nelly was my best friend since I was 14 she was the most amazing beautiful friend . she was so fun to be with so free spirited we did alot of crazy stuff when we were younger but we grew up and matured she was also the god mother to my 5 children who loved her , she would always come over for their birthday parties and help cook & decorate she would always make pasta salad and spinach dip she even would stay to help me clean up . she was so caring and sweet she loved kids . I have so many happy memories of her that I cherish an hold close to my heart forever . She was so down to earth the kinda person you could trust and talk to about anything she was always so understanding . she was there for you if you needed her . Nelly had such a bright light and a bubbly personality and could always make me laugh and smile , she had such a beautiful heart she was genuinely a good person the best I miss her so much and she will never be forgotten . Atleast now Nelly is finally at peace, God rest her beautiful soul

Lee Ann Yingling

November 21, 2020

I once heard someone say "you are lucky if you have 2 or 3 real friends throughout your lifetime" this might be true, but If I never had another, I'd still consider myself fortunate to have called you my best friend and my sister, Nelly.

Zella Davis

November 20, 2020

I moved back to home to Richmond the weekend you went to Virginia Beach. We talked on the phone that Friday and made plans to see each other when you got back. You were so excited about that trip, you were in high spirits and I was so upset about my life changing and you managed to make me laugh. I couldn't wait to see you.

You were so strong and so determined and you never stayed down for too long. You meant the world to me and sometimes I didn't know how to reach you and it breaks my heart to think about it. I love you with everything I am. your little big sister, zell jon


My beautiful baby!


Zella, Zero, and Nelly in front of home. 626 S. Pine Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Neil was our mailman and we invited him in for treats and squirted him with water on a hot day.


Nelly and Megan. Megan is pregnant. They are both so happy!!!


All of the grandchildren in the Pappas family!
Angela, Nelly, Zella, Garin, Mikey, and Zero.



6-23-2019 Mom for Nelly Memorial

Nelly Jeanne Davis was born at Henrico Drs. Hospital by Dr. Alice Hirata, who was in residency, on April 16, 1987 to Clark Johnston Davis and Alexandra Michelle Pappas... Clark Davis and Sandy Davis. It was flooding in Richmond on that day and the James River was remarkably high. Nelly Jeanne is named after her maternal great grandfather and maternal great grandmother. In 1989 Nelly had a sister, Zella Zickrick Davis, named after her paternal great grandfather and her paternal great grandmother. And then in 1993, they had a brother, Walter Pappas Davis named after Sandy's dad. Nelly grew up in Oregon Hill before VCU filled the residences. There were OH lifers there like the Carter family who owned Carter's Store where the children would buy many little toys with their close friends... Affia, Maya, Shannon, Cheryl, Caroline, Meridith, Flynn, Carla and Rachel.

Nelly went to St. Benedict Elementary School where Sandy was the room mother for her 2nd and 3rd grade classes. Nelly loved Oregon Hill and her friends. Nelly played school and nurse and babysitting with them all of the time. Nelly received her First Holy Communion at St.Beneditct's Church and went to bible school during mass with her mom helping during the gospel. Zella did too and then Zero. When Nelly was in 6th grade she was a cheerleader for Benedictine H.S. Of St. Benedict's.

Nelly and her dad were so close. They always talked privately ever since Nelly was two years old. Clark would just speak to her like she was an adult. It was very touching. He did this talking throughout her whole life.

Nelly and her mom stayed very close also. Nelly tattooed Sandy on her left arm and Nelly on her right. Nelly would do anything for her mom. She was that way always.

Zella and Zero's bond could not be broken by anything. They loved each other with an undying love. They defended one another. They gave to one another. They played with one another. Everything for one another. In very private moments they would put their arms around each other with their mom and pray.

When Nelly was a teenager she spent a lot of time at Pine Street Baptist Church with her brother and sister. Pine Street Church had a great meaning in her life with all of the love they gave.

Unfortunately the family split up and moved out of OH. They grew up and moved with Sandy. Nelly went to a nursing school and couldn't stay because of the hardship of having to work to pay her bills.

Nelly had LeeAnn as a best friend in her teenage years who lived in New Kent. They spent the night all of the time and went out and had fun. They shared girlfriend secrets. And later Nelly became LeeAnn's 3 daughter's Godmother. LeeAnn kept in touch with Sandy until the day Nelly passed away. She was also Holly's best friend at 14 and when I couldn't find Nelly she was at Holly's. Nelly was a Godmother to all 5 of Holly's children. She loved Natalie, Kara, Cara, Carrie and Megan.. they were soul mates. Abin took Nelly to the ER the night before her incident. He was very faithful to her. As was Javier her boyfriend who stayed dedicated long after her coma.

Nelly had a second mother, Gwen Keaton. Gwen kept Nelly safe in school and made sure that she had a beautiful graduation. Gwen loved Nelly so much and Nelly loved her.

Nelly can not be described. She was strong as can be. She was gentle and loved children more than anything. She wanted to have children so bad and was sure that she would have some one day. Nelly was full of life. She laughed and went about her business full speed ahead. She was full of energy and joy. She said what was on her mind always. This made her a treasure of honesty. She was always in God's hands.

In June of 2014, just after Mother's Day, Nelly had an incident that left her in an ambulance with a cardiac arrest leading to a coma. After 3 months in Henrico Doctor's Hospital she arrived at Envoy at The Meadows. At 26, she was their youngest resident and so blessed to be there. They have given her total love and care for the whole time she was there that we can only pray to God for them to be thanked ten fold. Envoy gave her everything that they could possibly give her. They loved her beyond a patient or resident. She was home. For the past six years she was treated like gold.

No one can ever explain the joy it is for us to have Nelly go to heaven today, November 16, 2020.

Deep loving special thankfulness for the prayers from Aunt Jackie, Aunt Mari, Uncle Sparky, Uncle Mike, Aunt Victoria, Cousin Barbara and Grandma Shirley, LeeAnn and Holly.. in the name of God.

And the highest glory to Clark, Gail Leviner and Jane and John Robison, Charles Pool, Susan Townsend, Shawn Hamilton and Kevin Kelly for their loving selfless faithful assistance to Nelly while at Envoy at The Meadows. And to Jackie, Jane, Jennifer, Kevin and my two treasured children for being with me every day.. I love you.


1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all that you do be done with love.


What is laughter? What is laughter?
It is God waking up! O it is God waking up!
It is the sun poking its sweet head out
From behind a cloud
You have been carrying too long,
Veiling your eyes and heart.

It is the light breaking ground for a real Structure
That is your Real body –called Truth.

It is happiness applauding itself and than taking flight
To embrace everyone and everything in the world.

Laughter is the polestar
Held in the sky by our Beloved,
Who eternally says,

“Yes. Dear ones, come this way,
Come this way toward Me and Love!

Come with your tender mouths moving
And your beautiful tongues conducting songs
And your movements—your magic movements
Of hands and feet and glands and cells—Dancing!”

O what is laughter, Hafiz?
What is this precious love and laughter
Budding in our Hearts?

It is the glorious sound
Of a soul waking up!

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