Community leader Anna Lois Davis dies

Obituaries for Aug. 27

August 27, 2004

Anna Lois Davis

Services for Anna Lois Davis, a Lancaster civic leader and gospel singer, will be 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Lancaster by the Rev. James Baker. Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Davis, 68, died Wednesday at Fort Logan Hospital.

She was a bus driver for Christian Appalachian Project's Sunshine Center and often led the children in song while transporting them.

She was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Kirksville, but was a familiar fixture in many area churches.

She was well known for her gospel singing and was lead singer of Anna Lois Davis and the Davis Sisters.

She sang in churches and at weddings, funerals and other gatherings throughout central Kentucky.

She preferred "old-fashioned" hymns to more modern music and her rendition of "Amazing Grace" was beloved by her admirers.

A community leader and advocate, Davis helped organize the annual Martin Luther King observance in Garrard County and was involved for several years with it.


She organized a local program for youth, the Young People's Action Club, in which members would mow yards and clean cemeteries to make a positive impact on their community.

She volunteered and helped raise money for a cancer fund drive and was historian for the Women's Missionary Auxiliary of the Mount Pleasant District Association of Missionary Baptist Church.

She also had worked at the Dollar Store and the former casket factory in Lancaster.

Born July 10, 1936, in Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Aslee Withers and Crother Anderson. She was the stepdaughter of Anna Mae Anderson of Lancaster.

Survivors include her husband, James A. Davis; three daughters, Terri Davis and Cassandra Alcorn, both of Lancaster, and Sallesa Dismeaux of Danville; and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Garrard County High School.

Smith-Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John R. Leake

John Ronald Leake, 53, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Monday.

He was a graduate of Danville High School and a member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters for 33 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Christine D. Leake; a son, Jonathan R. Leake; and two brothers, Michael Leake of Danville and James Leake of Denver, Colo.

Services are 6 p.m. today at Carpenter's Local 1977 in Las Vegas.

Information is courtesy of Stith Funeral Home.

James R. Small

James Robert Small, 68, of Hustonville Road, Junction City, died Thursday at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Stith Funeral Home.

Beth M. Cooter

GREENVILLE, Tenn. - Beth Mills Cooter, 33, of Mosheim, Tenn., died Wednesday at Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late William C. Mills and Karen Mills. She was a dispatcher with Everhart Transportation and a member of Greene Hills Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny A. Cooter; a daughter, Johnna Ann Cooter, at home; a son, Matthew C. Cooter, at home; three brothers, Bill Mills of Danville, Dale Mills of Edinburgh, Ind., and Jim Mills of Charleston, S.C.; and two sisters, Debbie Harp of Williamsburg and Roxanne Johnson of Pineville.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Rose Hill Funeral Home by the Rev. Roger Ball. Burial will be in Greenelawn Memory Gardens.

Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today.

Memorials may go to Beth Cooter Memorial Fund, First Tennessee Bank in Mosheim.

Clifford Emerson

LIBERTY - Clifford Emerson, 75, of Walltown, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born June 17, 1929, in Casey County, he was the son of the late Logan and Montrey Matherly Emerson. He was a farmer, an Army veteran and a member of Rich Hill Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Mae Luttrell Emerson; three sons, James Emerson of Knoxville, Tenn., Darrell Emerson of Williamstown and David Emerson of Yosemite; two daughters, Deborah Bonner of West Augusta, Va., and Teresa Thomas of Waynesburg; a brother, Johnnie Emerson of Cincinnati; three sisters, Mildred Randolph and Eva Mason, both of Liberty, and Flosteen North of Cincinnati; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home by Thad Eubank. Burial will be in Grave Hill Cemetery, Mintonville.

Pallbearers will be Quincy, Joey, David, Scotty and Shelby Emerson, Jonathan and Steve Thomas and Billy Bonner.

Visitation is after 6 p.m. today and after 8 a.m. Saturday.


Sue B. Clay

Services for Sue Bandy Clay, 67, of Danville, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Stith Funeral Home by Gary Story.

She died Wednesday at her home.

Visitation is after 5 p.m. today.

Memorials may go to Heritage Hospice.

Regenia S. Carter

CRAB ORCHARD - Services for Regenia Sue Smith Carter, 54, of Somerset, will be 1 p.m. Saturday at McKnight Funeral Home by the Rev. Carson Atwood. Burial will be in Singletontown Cemetery in Eubank.

She died Wednesday at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Pallbearers will be Terry, Greg and Kevin Pettit, Tim Smith, Jesse and Jerry Shelton and Ron Gevedon.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday.

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