Rachel Kearney Davis, wife of Oscar Lelon Davis, Jr., died on December 22, 2015. She was born, in Hamlet, NC, to the late Henry Crawford and Mary Gordon Kearney. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Mary K. East. Rachel grew up in Franklinton, NC, graduated from high school there and attended St. Mary's College in Raleigh, NC, where she finished in business. Rachel worked in her father's law office for a year before becoming secretary to the Burlington Industries Plant Manager in Franklinton for four years. She met Oscar when he came to work at the Franklinton Plant in 1951 and they were married May 15, 1954.
Formerly very active in her Church and United Methodist Women, she was a life member of the Methodist Woman's Guild. Also active in garden clubs in NC, and GA, she won numerous blue ribbons at flower shows. She served as Cub Scout Den Mother in NC and GA and supported Boy Scouts for years. Rachel was a board member of the Rome, GA, Family Y and worked in the Creative Arts and Crafts department. Active in home demonstration clubs, she loved needlework, sewing, cooking and gardening.
Mrs. Davis participated in school activities through parent organizations, and co-directed a high school variety show for two years in Rome, GA. She belonged to ladies bridge clubs in NC, GA, and Gaffney, SC. Rachel and Oscar belonged to couples dinner bridge clubs and entertained extensively in Newton and Rome. They also belonged to a dance club and enjoyed this with couples who loved old "big band" music. More recently, she was researching and compiling a family history book.
Rachel took great joy in hosting family and friends, especially her grandsons and especially at Christmas. She made a pound cake from a family recipe handed down for generations for birthdays and Christmas and other reunions. Her home was beautifully decorated at Christmas and other holidays, with a tree of ornaments that she had made. She made and painted a ceramic Nativity set and displayed it along with her collection of Santa Claus figures each year. Rachel and Oscar loved the beach, spending countless hours collecting shells that were eventually used in her decorating and crafts.
Surviving are her husband, Oscar, one son, Oscar L. Davis, III ("Chip") and his wife Margaret; grandsons, Kevin Andrew Davis and wife Krista of Wichita, KS, and Matthew Lelon Davis of Raleigh, NC, several cousins and many dear friends. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Fairview Cemetery in Franklinton, NC with the Rev. Scott Foster officiating, where she was laid to rest with her parents. A memorial reception to celebrate Rachel's life was held immediately following the service at the American Legion Hut in Franklinton
In lieu of flowers donate to the charity of one's choice, the Cancer Fund of America at www.cfoa.org or the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.
Arrangements were by Lancaster Funeral Services, Louisburg, NC. Online condolences may be made at www.lancasterfcs.com.