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Posted: January 8, 2013 10:39 p.m.

Marian Eloise Davis

Mrs. Marian Eloise "Weesie" Davis, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend, died peacefully Jan. 6. She was born in 1928 to Carl and Lois Cogburn in Marietta.

She grew up in Jasper and graduated from Pickens County High School in 1945. She graduated from North Georgia College in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in biology and physical education.

While there, she was voted most friendly, best personality and Miss North Georgia College of 1949. Most importantly, she met and fell in love with her husband Harry. She remained an active supporter of the college, served on the Alumni Board for four years and was instrumental in establishing annual alumni reunions for the 1946-1950 year groups. In 1949, Mrs. Davis began her teaching career at Porterdale High School and completed it 39 years later at Sharp Middle School in 1988. She taught in multiple states and overseas during her teaching years but returned to Covington in 1974 to finish her career. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization for Women Educators, where she served as the Newton County Chapter Chaplain for many years. She was a dedicated Army wife for 24 years with assignments ranging from Germany to Oklahoma and was a "single mom" during her husband's tour to Korea and two tours to Vietnam.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Davis volunteered with hospital auxiliaries, with the last being Newton County where she worked in the "First Steps" program. She also ran a small business in Covington, the Patrick House gift shop, for more than a decade. She was a gifted storyteller and was always willing to perform for schools, churches and other community gatherings.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the First Baptist Church of Covington where she taught Sunday School for 37 years and told children's stories in the sanctuary for many of those years. She was an avid and accomplished bridge player, playing duplicate competitively for many years with Harry, obtaining the level of Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. She was a member of multiple social bridge groups in Covington. As a couple, she and her husband loved to dance, as they did for many years as members of the Covington Elks Club.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Col. (Ret.) Harry Q. Davis Jr.; their children Nancy Harvill and Quigg Davis; grandchildren Nate Harvill, Drew Harvill, Zack Davis and Zeb Davis; sister Betty Jane Hall. Mrs. Davis will be joining her daughter, Teresa who preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 9, at the First Baptist Church in Covington with the Rev. Jack Wilson, the Rev. Len Strozier and the Rev. Jeff Martin officiating, and interment following in Lawnwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to your favorite charity.

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