Born 3-17-1907 -- Died 2004
Eva Anna Davis, was born March 17, 1907 in Ash Flat, Ark., to Joseph Campbell Gibson and Izora Insell.
In 1924, she married William Jasper Billingsley of Fanklin, Ark., also known as "Papa Bill" to his family and friends. Eva and Bill had two daughters -- Anna Elizabeth and Wanda Dell Billingsley. These two daughters each had a child, Norman Sott Meador was born to Anna Elizabeth and Norman Meador in 1960. Gayla Faith Shipley was born to Wanda Dell and Wendell Richard Shipley in 1954.
Eva lost "Papa Bll" in 1951, and later married Jewel Billingsley of Springfield, Mo. He died and Eva married a third time to Benjamin Mabry of Springfield. After a long marriage and a life as a farmer, Ben passed away. Eva moved to Oklahoma to live with her daugher, Wanda, and granddaughter, Gayla. After the youngest daughter, Wanda, died in 1983, Eva married Harold Davis of Fordland, Mo. Eva lost her eldest daughter, Elizabeth, in 1986. Harold Davis died in 1991, and Eva moved back to Oklahoma to live with granddaugher, Gayla. Eva's parents and sister, Edith Robertson of Memphis, and brother, Hanly Gibson of Ash Flat, also preceded her in death.
She has been a business woman, hairdresser, farmer, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. She has lived a modest and humble life with devotion to spirit, meeting each day as it came to her as part of God's plan. Eva Anna Davis has been a resident of St. Ann's Home since November of 2001.
Survivors include two grandchildren and their families -- Gayla Faith McKelvy and husband, Robert, and son, Jason, of Oklahoma City, and Norman Scott Meador and wife, Wanda, and daughter. Lianna of Dallas; a sister-in-law, Guelda Gibson of Ash Flat, Ark.; nephews _ Donnie and Charels Gibson of Ash Flat; Waymond and Joey Gibson of Tupelo, Miss; a niece, Ginger, Hollingshad of Nesbit, Miss.; and their spouses, childen and grandchildren. Also surviving are two sons-in-law -- Wendell Richard Shipley and Norman Meador of Garland, Texas and their respectivce faimilies. Eva also has cousins in Memphis, Tenn., and Marked Tree, Ark.
A graveside service was June 28 at memoiral Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City, Okla. Arrangements were under the direction of Guardian West Funeral Home of Oklahoma City, Okla.