Lavern Davis was born Dec. 14, 1925, in Leachville, Ark., the daughter of the late William Miles Reding and Lula Stewart Reding. She died Nov. 22, 2008, in Salem, Ark., at the age of 82.
She, along with her late husband, W.E. Davis, was a merchant, owning and operating a grocery store and later an auction service for many years.
She also worked at the Salem Shirt Factory for several years and after retirement age, at the local Walmart store.
She was a Christian and an active member of the United Pentecostal Church in Thayer, Mo.
She is survived by: her children, Sam Whittaker of Memphis, Tenn., Randall Whittaker and wife, Deri of Memphis, Tenn., Rhonda Blankenship and husband, David of West Plains, Mo., and Sheila Roberts and husband, Mark of Pottersville, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lorene Mitchell of Belleville, Ill., and Mary Edgin of Arbyrd, Ark.; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, W.E. Davis on Oct. 30, 2000; and several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Bro. C.A. Starnes officiating. Burial followed in the Thayer Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.