Carole McReynolds Davis, 72, of Starkville died Wednesday afternoon at her home.
A lifelong resident of Starkville, Carole was a loving mother and grandmother, an artist, a writer and a pillar of the Starkville community. She and her husband, Frank Marvin Davis Sr., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March and both are charter members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Starkville.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Frank Marvin Davis Jr. and wife, Carla Long Davis of Saltillo, and McReynolds Davis and wife, Gayla Johnson Davis of Kingwood, Texas; a daughter, Elizabeth Davis Williams and husband, Stephen Williams, of Starkville; a brother, John Andrew McReynolds III and wife, Patsy Petty McReynolds, of Russellville, Ala.; and six grandchildren, Jordan Elizabeth Davis, Patrick Spencer Davis, Grey Coleman Davis, Holland Layne Davis, Mallory Ann Williams and Eloise "Elle" Davis Williams.
A graduate of Starkville High School, Carole received a bachelor's in English from Mississippi State University and earned her teacher's certification, though she never taught in the classroom. Carole was an accomplished artist and shared her "artistic creations" with Starkville each Sunday through her column published for many years in Starkville Daily News. The porch that fronted the Davis' antebellum home on Louisville Street became a community fixture, as its monthly decorative themes served as a canvas for Carole's creativity, her vibrant spirit and her love for bright, beautiful colors.
Chiefly, Carole loved people — primarily her family and the people of Starkville. She often enjoyed taking long, brisk walks in the mornings, stopping to talk to friends and neighbors along the way. Carole never met a stranger, either, and blessed many with her friendship, caring and unique personality. She opened her heart to everyone, despite race, religion or economic status. Carole was even once voted the "Friendliest Person in Starkville."
She expressed herself best through her art and her writing, and allowed herself to get lost in painting a subject for hours at a time to make sure the picture turned out the best she could make it. Whether through her art, her conversation, her commitment to her family or community causes, or her love for Starkville and the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Carole was "one of a kind."
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today in the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Starkville. Funeral services are set for 3 p.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church sanctuary, with Joe Ray Underwood and the Rev. Prentiss Gordon officiating. Her daughter, Elizabeth, will deliver the eulogy.
Interment will follow at Oddfellows Cemetery.
Pallbearers will include her sons, grandsons Grey and Patrick Davis, son-in-law Stephen Williams and cousin John Erstad/nephew John McReynolds III.
Memorials can be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church's renovation or to a charity of choice.
You may sign the guest register online at www.welchfuneralhomes.com .