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 Myrtie <I>Yates</I> Davis

Myrtie Yates Davis

Death 17 Aug 1999 (aged 103)
Burial Villa Rica, Carroll County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 14062008 · View Source
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) - Thursday, August 19, 1999

Myrtie Yates Davis, 103, teacher, music lover, lifelong Baptist

Myrtie Yates Davis, 103, of Lawrenceville was independent for her time.

"You didn't run over that lady," said her son, James Hickson Davis of Stone Mountain.

A lifelong Baptist, she didn't allow anyone to play cards in her house, drink liquor or dance. When television came along, she tended to watch religious programs.

"One of the continuing arguments between Mom and Dad was he loved to get fresh peaches and peel and brandy them in a stoneware churn," Mr. Davis said. "He liked to eat them as pickles. She really fussed at him every time he did it. That was alcohol, you see."

Mrs. Davis died Tuesday at the Medical Arts Health Center in Lawrenceville. The graveside service is 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Carroll County. Wages & Sons Funeral Home, Stone Mountain, is in charge of arrangements.

In his mother's day, people took their blessings as they came and were grateful, said her son. Mrs. Davis, a teacher who married farmer Charles S. Davis in 1914, had five children die as babies. "So she had her share of sorrow," he said.

But joy came in the form of music.

"He lived to sing, and she played the piano," Mr. Davis said of his parents. "This love of music was with both my parents all their lives."

When the boll weevil wiped out the family's Carroll County crop in 1920, they moved to Atlanta. They had no plumbing, electricity, radio or telephone, Mr. Davis said, but they bought a piano when he was a child.

"Every evening we sang hymns. We didn't get bored. We had nothing to compare with. We didn't know things were hard," he said.

Mrs. Davis, who had worked as a seamstress at Muse's, played the piano at her nursing home on her 100th birthday.

"She was a delightful lady. Very alert, cheerful, laughed a lot and responded to candor. She loved humor," said the Rev. Dan Parker, pastor of Stone Mountain First Baptist Church, where Mrs. Davis was the oldest member.

Survivors other than her son include two daughters, Marjorie Hardy of Duluth and Emily Goodwyn of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a sister, Margaret Yates Garner Durrett of Douglasville; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Pleasant Grove Perpetual Care Cemetery Fund, Pleasant Grove Church, Pleasant Grove Church Road, Villa Rica, GA 30180.

Janie Light

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