OBITUARY

Ida "Honey" Maxine Jeffers

March 13, 1926May 18, 2019

Ida Maxine “Honey” Jeffers, 93, of Elkview, passed away May 18, 2019. She was born on March 13, 1926, at New Lexington, Ohio to Nial and Jeanette Davis, each of whom preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her husband George “Sleepy” Jeffers, her daughters, Linda Jeffers Hanna and Patricia Jeffers, her son, Randy Jeffers, her brothers, Ralph Davis and Robert Davis, and her sister, Dorothy Davis. She is survived by her twin brother, Nial “Sonny” Davis, her granddaughter, Olivia Hanna and several nieces and nephews.

Ida Maxine Jeffers became known as the musical entertainer, Honey Davis, in 1940 when she began appearing on the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, WV with her twin brother, Nial “Sonny” Davis. As a mandolin-guitar harmonizing duet they had competed in many talent contests in southeastern Ohio. In 1938, when they were 12 years old, they won the Ohio State Fair talent contest. After their victory they were recruited to become regulars on the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, WV. Their parents thought they were too young at that time, so at 14 they moved to Wheeling (accompanied by their mother) to join the WWVA Jamboree.

At one point the twins were receiving about 7,000 pieces of mail in a single day and one year they were the number 2 duet in the country. The Davis Twins performed on many famous country radio stations during the era of live radio broadcasts (mostly in West Virginia) and they performed at numerous personal appearances over the years. The Davis Twins even had their own Fan Club. In the early 1960’s, The Davis twins became regulars on a live daily morning television show at WCHS-TV in Charleston, WV. “Honey” had married George “Sleepy” Jeffers, also a musical entertainer, and the twins appeared with Sleepy Jeffers on “The Buddy Starcher Show” and later all together on the ”The Sleepy Jeffers Show” with regulars, Herman Yarbrough whose stage name was “Roscoe Swerps”, Lori Lee Bowles, “Little” Linda Jeffers, Harry Griffith and Brady Withrow.

Honey and Sonny the Davis Twins have been featured in several articles over the years and in 2016 they were featured in a Charleston Gazette-Mail article in honor of their 90th birthday. In May of 2018 they were honored by the WV Music Hall of Fame at their store in the Charleston Town Center Mall and in March of 2019 the WV Music Hall of Fame announced that the Davis Twins are among the 2020 class of inductees into their Hall of Fame.

Funeral Service will be 12 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, May 22, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, W. Va. Gathering of family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Kathy Fetty (Ramsey)

May 23, 2019

What a blessing to know this woman. There was no one kinder or more caring. I had the privilege of being their next door neighbor while growing up. She has held a special place in my heart all these years. She was amazing, always with a smile, and I know she will be greatly missed. My best to you, Sonny, in the loss of your dear sweet sister.

Kathy Fetty (Ramsey)

Nial Davis

May 22, 2019

Dad, I'm so sorry I couldn't make it to the services but I want you to know I will be thinking about Aunt Honey and you. She, and Uncle Sleepy, were so much a part of my life growing up. I loved them both. When all of us got together it was always a wonderful time. I remember going to the TV shows with you and watching everyone entertain their fans. The personal appearances I attended with all of you were so much fun.
I think of her often. I know you will miss her so much. Being a twin must be a special thing and you two share that bond admirably.
I have so much respect for her, especially with the time and effort she put in raising Randy and Patty. What a tough situation, but she put it on her shoulders and was remarkable with the care and concern she had for them.
I will miss her greatly, but will never forget her.

Your loving son and her admiring nephew, Nial

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY