Maxie Kate Whaley Davis, 87, of Cleveland, TN, died on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at a local hospital.
She was the most senior member of the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Cleveland. She was a lifelong resident of Bradley County from the age of four when she moved to a farm in the Ladds Springs community from Greenbriar, TN where her family’s property became part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She truly loved to fish and spent countless hours on the Hiwassee River, below Watts Bar dam and camping and trout fishing in the Cherokee National Forest. She delighted in and encouraged both the academic and athletic achievements of all of her grandchildren, including good grades, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, barrel racing, swimming and bass fishing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Davis; father and mother, Thomas and Minnie Whaley; brothers, Conrad and Cleo Whaley; and sisters, Viola Randolph, Maggie Cantrell, Lou Wilson and Edith Henry.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Debbie Davis of Charleston, son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Connie Davis of Decatur and daughter, Linda Gehron of Chattanooga; grandchildren, Nathan Davis, Jason Davis, Phillip Gehron, Michelle Davis, Seth Davis, Becca Davis and Allison Gehron; and five great-grandchildren, Abbey, Cayce, Lily, Jaxon and Landon; and brothers, Cayce Whaley of Cleveland and Tom Whaley of Fort Wayne, IN.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 11, at Grissom Funeral Home with Elder John W. Robbins officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, january 11 at the Grissom Funeral Home who has charge of the arrangements.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Moore’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, PO Box 2937, Cleveland, TN 37320.