|Birth: ||Nov. 4, 1929|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 7, 2002|
South Carolina, USA
On January 20, 1951, she married the love of her life, Laurie "Cotton" Thackston Davis from Orangeburg, SC. She met him when her two sisters talked her into going on a triple date with them and three brothers from Orangeburg. Edith and Doots had met Leland and Webb and wanted to go out with them. The guys found out that Edith and Doots had a younger sister and asked if they could possibly fix her up with their younger brother, Cotton. This was during the time period when Cotton's fingers had been cut off and were still wrapped and healing. (Little did she know that during Cotton's hospital stay, Betty saw him for the first time as she was in the hospital visiting her mother who was ill. Her mother told her to walk to the end of the hospital hall and take a look at the handsome, young man that had his fingers cut off.) They all met at the Orangeburg County Fair. Cotton would keep his hands in his pockets the entire night at the fair as he was still very self conscience. This meeting of the brothers and sisters were destined as in the early 1950s, the three brothers would marry the three sisters. They all would end up living side by side in Orangeburg for a number of years.
While Betty and Cotton's children were growing up they would take their family to her aunts homes on the weekends to visit and play cards. They would take turns going to Esther Robinson, Annette Hiott and Lottie Robinson's homes. They would often visit other relatives also. Their girls were brought up in a very family oriented atmosphere. They'd also go to visit her mother Grace about twice a week. During the summer the family would go almost every weekend to Walsh Place which was the Robinson Pond that had been built by Sheck Robinson and various relatives in the 1950s. She attended every school, band, social or athletic event of her children. Her two oldest children were school band members, played basketball and softball for the city and all of her children attended 4-H Club and sang in the church choir. Betty and Cotton raised their daughters to be independent, bright young people that would be good, helpful members of society. She was a wonderful, loving mother and wife.
In her youth, she joined St. Matthews Presbyterian Church in St. Matthews, SC. When she married, they rented an apartment in St. Matthews for a short time. They then moved to Orangeburg and began attending First Presbyterian Church on Sunnyside Drive. In the mid-1980s, they began attending First Baptist Church of Orangeburg and she was baptized there in the late 1980s.
She was known for cooking special dishes for her family that she knew they were fond of, i.e. David Moorer loved her bacon, Beth Thomas loved black eyed peas and vegetable soup, David Thomas loved sauerkraut, Craig Hannah loved collard greens, etc. She was one of the best Southern cooks around and loved to cook. Her bacon was fantastic. She said the secret was having the patience to cook it slowly.
She helped her daughters tremendously with her older grandchildren when they were growing up and she was physically able. She was an exceptional grandmother to all her grandchildren. In her later years she developed many health issues that restricted her activities.
Her catch phrases were "Let Go And Let God", "There But By The Grace Of God Go I", and "This Too Shall Pass". Often times, when a child would pass away she use to say, "What a boring place heaven would be if it was only filled with old people". She would say that when she got to heaven she hoped her job was to rock the babies, especially the babies that had been neglected and/or abused for they needed love most of all. Her hobbies were embroidery, genealogy and the love of her husband, daughters, grandchildren, family and friends.
On the early morning of January 7, 2002, with our sister Beth by her side, her body just couldn't take living on this earth anymore. She was ready to cross over and meet our Daddy whom she had missed for almost 10 years. Heaven gained another special soul and is definitely a brighter, more lovely place with our Mama in it.
Obit from The Calhoun Times; St. Matthews, SC
January 17, 2002
Mrs. Betty Robinson Davis, 72, of 910 Green Street, Orangeburg, SC, died January 7, 2002 at Providence Hospital in Columbia. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, at First Baptist Church in Orangeburg with the Rev. Terry Peele and the Rev. Jack Anderson officiating. Burial was in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg with Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. of Orangeburg directing. The casket was placed in the church one hour before the service. Active pallbearers were: Matthew B. Seaton, Justin D. Seaton, David G. Moorer, Jr., Michael (Mike) T. Robinson, Melvin Goodson, Mike Pooser, Mark Davis and Herbert Hames. Honorary pallbearers were her cousins: Eldred S. Robinson, Hydrick Robinson, Johnnie Saylor, Dwight Bachman, Leland Robinson and a very special family friend, Julian Greene of Orangeburg, husband of Laura Greene.
Born November 4, 1929 in St. Matthews, SC, Mrs. Davis was the daughter of the late Shellie "Sheck" Johnson and Grace Golson Robinson. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Orangeburg and she was the widow of the late Laurie "Cotton" Thackston Davis.
Surviving are four daughters: Mrs. Glenn (Gracie) Sweat and Mrs. Gregg (Donna) Moorer, both of Orangeburg, Mrs. David (Beth) Thomas of Columbia, SC, and Mrs. Craig (Laurie) Hannah of Wagener, SC; a brother: Shellie Johnson (S. J.) Robinson, Jr. of St. Matthews; sisters: Edith Robinson Davis and Jewell Robinson Davis, both of Orangeburg; and eight grandchildren: Lesley Seaton, Matthew Seaton, Justin Seaton, David Moorer and Adam Moorer, all of Orangeburg, Erin Thomas and Jared Thomas, both of Columbia; and Miranda Hannah of Wagener, step-grandchildren: Alisha, Daniel, Mark and David Hannah, all of El Paso, TX.
Shellie Johnson Robinson (1897 - 1970)
Grace Edith Golson Robinson (1905 - 1994)
Laurie Thackston Davis (1929 - 1992)
Donna Elaine Davis Moorer*
Laura Grace Davis Sweat*
Betty Margaret Davis Thomas*
Bonnie Laurie Davis Hannah (1965 - ____)*
Edith Annette Robinson Davis (1925 - 2012)*
Jewell Aliene Robinson Davis (1927 - ____)*
Betty Miranda Robinson Davis (1929 - 2002)
Shellie Johnson Robinson (1937 - 2013)*
Crestlawn Memorial Gardens
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Laurie Davis Hannah
Record added: Jan 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32872119