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Willie Mae Davis

d. March 29, 2023

Mrs. Willie Mae “Coot” Davis, was born August 15, 1944 in Mullins, South Carolina. She entered eternal rest on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. She was 78 years old. She was affectionally called “Coot” by her immediate family.

Mrs. Willie Mae was reared in the home of her parents. She was an alumna of Palmetto High School, Mullins South Carolina, which is best known as the beginnings of a pioneer in equalization schools in the 1950’s. She was also best known for her role, as a majorette of the Palmetto High School Marching Band. After high school, she pursued a career in retail sales and management, where she later retired her career.

Mrs. Willie Mae was joined in holy matrimony to the love of her life, Mr. Claybourne Davis for nearly twenty-nine beautiful years. As the Ozzie and Harriet of Trinity Baptist Church, they could always be spotted with their matching style, pizzazz and wistful care for each other. She had an insatiable love for designer hats, cooking and baking.

Mrs. Willie Mae was a devout member of Trinity Baptist Church in Florence, South Carolina. She proudly served as a member of the Gospel Choir. She also, served as President of the Lady’s Aide Committee for many years.

Mrs. Willie Mae, was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Rhames and Dorothy Taylor Rhames; three brothers, Maceo Rhames, Aaron Rhames and Ronald Rhames; two sisters, Patsy Rhames Yates and Dorothy Rhames; one son-in-law, Frank Derrick Sanders; one brother-in-love, James Campbell; two brothers in-law; Leroy Johnson and Allen L. Davis.

Those left to cherish her fond memories are her devoted husband, Mr. Claybourne Davis of the home; five daughters; Classie (Robert) Kennedy and Lola Graham of Florence, South Carolina, Zena Lisa Graham of Greenville, South Carolina, Verloria Johnson-Sanders of Blythewood, South Carolina and Sharon L. (Rick) Jones of Covington, Georgia; one stepdaughter, Ashley (Everette) Addison of Summerville, South Carolina; three grandchildren reared in the home as children; Classie D. Graham of New Orleans, Louisiana. Ebony G.(Teraron) Staley of Conyers, Georgia and Bryan (Jamine) Taylor of Chicigo, Illinois; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren; five siblings, Alvin Rhames of Florence, South Carolina, Jacqueline (Alvin) Mitchell of Las Vegas, Nevada, Kenneth (Mary Ann) Rhames of Little River, South Carolina, Minnie Collins of Capitol Heights, Maryland and Glenda Faye Thompson of Baltimore, Maryland; one aunt, Mrs. Clara Hall of Bennettsville, South Carolina; seven sisters-in-law, Jacqueline D. Powell, Evelyn D. George, Carolyn D. Johnson, Patricia D. Holmes, Pearlie D. McDaniel, Cheryl D. Brown and Eva Davis; two brothers in-law, Evander Davis and Alonso Davis; and a host of family and friends.

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