Lillie Mae Davis, beloved daughter of the late Mannon and Ella Townsend, was born on January 24, 1930 in Horntown, Virginia. She departed this life on July 2, 2020, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
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Lillie was educated in the public schools of Accomack County. She worked at Golden Pride Factory for short period of time, before becoming a full-time housewife and caregiver for her children. Lillie was married to Peter James Davis for over seventy years before his demise.
Lillie was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church for many years. She sang on the Senior Choir until her health began to fail. When she was unable to attend church physically, she worshipped at home watching Pastor Gino Jennings.
Lillie enjoyed watching TV, especially The Price is Right, WBOC, and As the World Turns. On Monday nights she could be found in front of the TV watching WWE, featuring her favorite wrestler, Roman Reigns.
Her family was her pride and joy, she cherished each moment spent with them. She affectionately referred to them as “Baby.” Her home was a haven for children of all backgrounds; she nurtured them all. Each day she made sure she checked on her children, grandchildren, and siblings; they meant the world to her. In her conversations with her daughter, Jeanette, she’d always say, “Gah-Gah-Gah,” before hanging up the phone, because goodbye was not a part of her vocabulary. Lillie shared so much wisdom with her family. She often said, “Don’t cry, don’t worry, just pray about it.” Those uplifting words will be missed.
In addition to her parents, Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Peter J. Davis; children, Walter T. Davis, Vanessa Davis, and Ernest Davis; grandson whom she raised, Anthony Taylor; and eight siblings, John Townsend, Hattie Lewis, Walter Townsend, Pearl Pitts, Althea Fosque, James Townsend, Oscar Townsend, and Clarence Townsend.
Lillie leaves to cherish her loving memories: six children, Addie (Rob) Revels of Temperanceville, VA, Jeanette (Marvin) Smith of Rochester, NY, Barbara (Harold) Johnson of Atlantic, VA, Felara Hickman of Horntown, VA, Betty Davis of Horntown, VA, and Brenda (James) Pyron of New Church, VA; twenty-one grandchildren, four of whom she raised as her own, Cherlyn Warrington, Eyonda Davis, Myricka Davis, and Edward Davis; seventy-nine great-grandchildren; sixteen great, great-grandchildren; three siblings, Roxy (Calvin) Morris of New Church, VA, Annie Mae Jenkins of Seaford, DE, and Hazel (Earl) Marshall of Horntown, VA; two sisters-in-law, Catherine Townsend of Atlantic, VA and Annette Townsend of Waldorf, MD; two close friends that she loved as her own, David (Tara) Knox and Florence Douglas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.