Idelle Davis

Mrs. Mary Idelle McLemore Davis, 100, of Statesville, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Clare Bridge of Statesville.

Mrs. Davis was born September 1, 1913, in Cabarrus County and was the daughter of the late Daniel Walter and Mattie Gay McLemore.

She was a graduate of Davidson High School and she attended Davidson College, Winthrop College and Coker College.  Mrs. Davis was the pianist for First Baptist Church in Dillon, SC, and a bookkeeper for Belk Stores in Dillon, where she met her husband, William Young Davis, who she married on August 3, 1941.  She was a homemaker and devoted mother, to four children, who survive.

Mrs. Davis and her husband were longtime members of First Baptist Church in Statesville.  Mr. Davis was on the building committee for the new church in the 1950’s, which is now located on Davie Avenue.  Mr. Davis died in 1991.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy and the Statesville Woman’s Club.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by four children, William Young Davis, Jr. of Kings Mt., Gay Davis Connolly Suther of Statesville, Harry McLemore Davis (Lisa) of Boone, and Clell Thomas Davis of Lenior.  She is also survived by five grandchildren, James Thomas Connolly, Jr., (Tammy) of Winston-Salem, Neal P. Connolly (Elisa) of Statesville, Carrington Brown (Jason) of Boone, Alison Beal (Andrew) of Wake Forest, and Samantha LeGrand (Cameron) of Concord, along with 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be conducted 2:00 pm Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kyle Goodman officiating.  The family will visit with friends from 1:00 until 2:00 pm at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625, or to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

Online condolences can be made to the family at and Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.


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2 Responses to Idelle Davis

  1. Ann Arthur says:

    Harry, I am saddened to read about your mother’s passing. How much love you and your siblings and children have received with her long life! Please tell Carrington that I remember meeting her and am so sorry for the loss of her lovely grandmother.

    I am so happy for you and Lisa finding love & marriage. God bless you all.
    Much love

  2. Linda Schmidt says:

    May God give you peace and be with all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God’s angels wrap their wings around you so you feel his love.

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