Paula Yvette Kelly was born on March 6, 1961, under the union of Mr. Willie Alf and Cora Mae (Clemons) Kelly. According to her mother, she was very mischievous and was always into something. Her mother also added that Paula always had a big heart. She started cooking at a very early age, six years old. She would extend an open door to the neighborhood kids to help partake in whatever meal she cooked for that day, of course without her parents’ permission. As many of you know, opening her home up and feeding people had never changed. She saw everyone as family. She did not know any strangers. Paula lived her best life. She was not just the life of the Party; she was the party. Later, in her adulthood, she was nicknamed PK by her friends. Paula dedicated her life to the lord in her earlier adult age.
Paula attended I.P. Reynalds Elementary, Coan Middle School and Murphy High School. She gave birth to her first daughter, Carmeva, in 1977. Trying to find her way in life as a young single mother, she attended Job Corp in Albany at the age of 17 years old. During her time at Job Corp she fell head over hills for Mr. Leon Hunter of South Carolina, whom she married and unioned two daughters, Erica and Keshia.
She worked several jobs from being a line cook at Morrison and Picadilly Restaurants, a cook at Walmart Snackbar to lastly becoming a CNA and working for Riverside Nursing Home in Oxford, GA.
In 1995, Covington became home for Paula when she moved from Atlanta in 1995 to care for her late grandmother, Martha Kelly. Over the years she became a friend, a sister, a mother-hen to many. She became an active member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. In 2002, Paula met and married Michael A. Davis and later adopted her forth daughter, Leionna.
On May 31, 2019, Paula K. Hunter Davis transition to be with the Lord. Paula had been in and out of the hospital several times throughout the last year. She fought tirously while keeping a smile on her face. Now that she has journeyed on, we can truly say, she does not have to suffer anymore.
She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. Wille Alf Kelly; paternal grandparents, Mr. Nora and Mrs. Martha Kelly; maternal grandparents, Mr. Mack and Mrs. Pauline Clemons Sr.; Uncle, Mr. Mack C. Clemons Jr.; and sister in law, Mrs. Barbara P. Kelly.
Paula leaves behind her husband, Mr. Michael A. Davis Sr.; mother, Mrs. Cora C. Kell; Four daughters, Mrs. Carmeva (Evans) Echols-Louissaint, Ms. Erica Hunter, Ms. Keshia Hunter Murchison and Miss Leionna Terrell; four grandchildren, Khelvis Hillman, Kayla Anderson, Jaydon Hill, and Corian Echols; aunt, Ms. Charlotte A. Clemons; two brothers, Mr. Gregory ( Brenda Ann) Lackey and Mr. Wendall (Barbara) Kelly; brother in law, Rev. & Mrs. Willie (Angela) Davis; four sister in laws, Ms. Warnell Williams, Mrs. Mary (Carl) Croby, Ms. Ella Taylor and Mrs. Gladys (Arnold) Simmons; Goddaughter, Mrs. Shambrielle (Deshun) Byrd; God- granddaughter, Gabrielle Byrd; family pet, Chico and host of nieces and nephews. Special family friends, Mr. Charlie Little, Ms. Annie Reed, Mrs. Linda P. Favors and Mrs. Valeria (Jeff) Bigsby; Caretaker, Mrs. Marie Michel.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 2051 Henderson Mill Road, Covington, GA 30014, with the Rev. Shelton Brown and the Rev. Amos Moore Jr. officiating.
The family of Paula K. Hunter Davis wishes to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for the flowers, calls, donations and other expressions of love during our time of bereavement. Special Thanks to Medciphers, Piedmont Newton Hospital, Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc., and Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.