On This Day in 1884

124 Years Ago Today
Grandma Davis was born in Cleveland, Russell County, VA, the third of fourteen children . Altha’s mother, Mary Sutherland died when she was only seven. Her father William married Orpha Narcissus Jessee who reared Altha, along with her other five siblings; Wm and Orpha added eight more children to the household.

One evening, at the age of 96, Grandma ate dinner
..layed down …and went to be with Jesus.

But the obituary in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph 12/4/1980 read:
Mrs. Altha R. Davis, 96, of North Tazewell, Va., was dead on arrival at a Tazewell hospital Tuesday evening of natural causes.Born in Russell County, Va., she was a daughter of the late William and Mary Sutherland Brooks. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in North Tazewell.Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Al (Lillian) Berman of Abingdon, Va., Mrs. N.F. (Joella) Mace and Mrs. C.F.(Russell) Mundy, both of North Tazewell, Mrs. L.W.(Lucille) Buckland of Bluefield, Va., and Mrs. Ralph (Elizabeth) Clevy of Vincennes, Ind; four sons, Lacy Davis and Hollie Davis, both of Akron, Ohio, Vaden Davis and Leman Davis, both of North Tazewell; two sisters, Mrs. Gene (Effie) Owens and Mrs. Kathleen Dye, both of Lebanon, Va.; sixteen grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.Funeral services will be conducted today at 2:30 at Peery and St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William Sadler officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.Pallbearers will be Paul Bales, Buddy Herald, B.C. Peek, Jimmy Dawson, Jeff Davis, James Mullins and Ronald Davidson.

155 Year Ago Today Doctor Caleb Davis
(Altha’s father-in-law)
was born 10-15-1853 – 3-21-1899

Also on this day in 1854, 154 years ago today,
Orpha Sutherland was born. She’s my 1st cousin, 3 times removed.

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