Nellie Zackery Davis, 78

by | August 30, 2018 9:06 am

   Funeral services for Nellie Zackery Davis, 78, were held Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Swainsboro. Interment followed in Swainsboro City Cemetery. She died Sunday, August 19, 2018.

   Mrs. Nellie Mae Zackery Davis was born March 20, 1940 in Edison as the only child of the late Johnny and Henrietta Jones Zackery. She was reared in Calhoun County. After graduating high school, Davis later attended Albany State College, where she earned a bachelor’s in English and communicative arts in 1964. She earned a master’s in education from Valdosta State College in 1983. Davis was a public school teacher for 31 years, beginning her teaching career in Jasper, Florida, in 1965. In 1966, Davis relocated to Swainsboro, where she taught English at Emanuel County Elementary and High School. There, she met a math teacher and coach, who she would eventually wed. On March 23, 1968, she married Desse Ervin Davis at the Johnson County Courthouse in Wrightsville. Their union produced three children: Desse Ervin Jr., John Carlos, and Natalie Cher. The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in March. Davis worked faithfully as a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church for many years, serving most recently as church administrative assistant and a dedicated member of the adult Sunday school class. She retired from teaching in 1996. Davis was preceded in death by her parents; son, Desse Jr.; and two grandchildren, Bryson Zackery Linder and Byron Octavious Linder.

   Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Desse Sr.; son, John of Atlanta; daughter, Natalie (Shawn) Linder of Dublin; grandchildren, Brayden Nicholas Cordal Linder and Bella Ann Linder of Dublin; sister-in-laws, Nina K. Bell of Swainsboro and Annie V. (James) Godfrey of Atlanta; brother-in-law, Jesse (Bernetta) Davis of Swainsboro; and a host of several nieces and nephews.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church adult Sunday school class or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor Norwalk, Conn., 06851.

   Reno Tapley Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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