|Birth: ||Nov. 18, 1902|
|Death: ||May 14, 1995|
❤ Beloved Aunt ❤
"Only an aunt can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend." ~ Author Unknown
Aunt Belle was born and reared in Grayson, Louisiana. As did her siblings, she became an educator, though once she married her husband, Harry Minor Davis, she happily became a homemaker and never taught again.
She had thick, thick dark brown hair that she let naturally frost with gray as she aged. She loved fine clothing and dressed to the hilt, silk stockings and pumps, even when going to the grocery. Around home, she always wore crisply starched house dresses. She spoke in a soft, breathless voice and was ever gracious, no matter the circumstance.
With every visit to her home, I would beg to go into her bedroom to "visit with the braids." Just before she married Uncle Harry, she had cut her long, long hair that fell past her knees, keeping the two braids wrapped in soft blue tissue paper in the bottom drawer of her dresser. This was a ritual I never tired of doing. Her person and bedroom smelled of lavender - a fragrance that always brings her to mind.
Growing up, I adored going to her home for two weeks during my summer vacations each year. Not only was I able to spend much time with two of my cousins who were close to my own age and lived on the block behind Aunt Belle and Uncle Harry's house, she taught me many tidbits on elegant entertaining. I loved the cookouts and morning breakfast meals on the patio, or should the weather be ugly, in the breezeway.
Her home was beautifully decorated during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Her flower arrangements were to die for, and when we visited during the Christmas holidays each year, her gourmet desserts were simply scrumptious.
After being on my own, I visited Uncle Harry and Aunt Belle often and the loss of Uncle Harry to cancer crushed me. We would still do many of the things we'd always done during my visits, but once Aunt Belle said that it just didn't seem the same without him there ... and it didn't. However, we always enjoyed my visits and I cherished every moment with her.
Thanks to her, as a devoted and proud member of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), she was able to trace the Robbins/Stallings families back to their English roots prior to the 1600s before she became bed-ridden.
During a trip coming back from Arkansas in the early 1990s, the vehicle in which she was riding was hit by a drunk driver. She and her daughter, Harry Belle, were seriously injured. Neither were able to walk again.
Until then, a devout Methodist, Aunt Belle seldom missed Sunday School and Sunday services. Her spirits remained bright until she passed away at the age of ninety-two after a brief illness.
Daddy named my baby sister after Aunt Belle, though we call her Ina so as not to confuse the two Ina Belles.
Aunt Belle is so deeply loved and missed. ❤
MONROE — Services for Belle Stallings Davis will be at 2 pm today in the chapel of Mulhearn with the Revs John Lee and Bob Hollis officiating. Entombment will be in Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Mrs. Davis, 92, of Monroe, died Saturday, May 4, 1995, in St Francis Medical Center.
Among her survivors are one daughter, Mrs Charles Turrentine of Alexandria, and one sister, Willie Nell Love of Alexandria.
Published in The Alexandria Daily Town Talk, May 6, 1995
Many, many thanks to Ron for the transferal of Aunt Belle's memorial to me and providing the obituary. ❤
With much love and deep appreciation to dear Donna for her kindness and generosity in sponsoring Aunt Belle's memorial. Thank you so very much; you're a sweetheart! ❤❤
James Jeptha Stallings (1873 - 1941)
Claudia Clara Robbins Stallings (1877 - 1920)
Harry Belle Davis Turrentine (1921 - 2001)*
Annie Lee Stallings Harrison (1895 - 1977)*
Addie Mae Stallings Jemison (1897 - 1971)*
Duval Stallings (1900 - 1992)*
Ina Belle Stallings Davis (1902 - 1995)
Gladys Heloise Stallings Talbot (1904 - 1981)*
Willie Nell Stallings Love (1909 - 1999)*
John D Stallings (1913 - 1922)*
Loyce Elaine Stallings Harrison (1916 - 1989)*
BELLE STALLINGS DAVIS
NOVEMBER 18, 1902
MAY 14, 1995
Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery
Maintained by: sniksnak
Originally Created by: Ron Manley
Record added: Jan 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64035891