Obituary of Frances B Davis
Frances Lillian Blount Davis transitioned to her heavenly home on June 14, 2023, at the age of 100. She was born on August 22, 1922, to the late Frank Peyton Blount, Sr., and Juanita Huffman Blount, in Bradenton, Florida. She was predeceased by her brother, Frank Peyton Blount, Jr., as well as her husband, H. Jerome Davis, Sr.
Frances lived her entire life in Bradenton, where she graduated from Bradenton High School in the class of 1940. In high school, Frances was voted “Most Witty” her senior year. Frances was an active member of Bradenton First Baptist Church where she was on the “cradle roll” at birth. She taught Sunday School and worked tirelessly in Vacation Bible School each year. Frances married H. Jerome Davis, Sr., on June 25, 1941. She had two children, H. Jerome “Romie” Davis, Jr., and Juanita “Pickle” Sellars. She was a devoted wife and mother, involving her family in all Bradenton had to offer. Her house was the center of neighborhood fun, the best place to watch the DeSoto parade, and an open door to family and friends alike. Frances cared lovingly for her family, including her parents, aunts, uncles, children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, great- great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Her love was unconditional, nurturing and given whole heartedly, always at just the right time of need.
Frances worked for Deane Machine Shop for over 30 years. She was active in Beta Sigma Phi and the League of Women Voters. As the wife of the Padre for the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society, Frances supported this community organization faithfully. Throughout her life, Frances had a love of ballroom dancing. As a young lady, she and her brother danced together. She continued dancing at every opportunity and her skills and style entertained many. Her love of music, laughter, and people made her the life of the party.
Frances is survived by her son, H. Jerome “Romie” Davis Jr., and her daughter, Juanita “Pickle” Sellars, granddaughters Deanna D. Butler and Amy M. Slipcheck (Chris), grandsons Troy J. Davis (Michelle) and Aaron D. Bearden (Angie), 9 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Frances loved God, her country, community, family, and friends. In her 100 years of life, she touched many lives, enriching each person she knew. Within her family, Frances was the hub around which her family’s wheel turned. She was an inspiration to all, a fountain of knowledge and wisdom, and a “rock” to each of her loved ones. Heaven’s gain is our earthly loss, but we find peace in knowing that she is reunited with so many loved ones and friends. She is most certainly dancing on the Streets of Gold and looking down on and watching over all of those who loved her so.
Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Well done, good and faithful servant. Matthew 25:21
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