Mabel Joyce Davis, 58, died Tuesday, June 11 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Memorial services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Snow Hill Baptist Church in Warrenton, with the Rev. A.F. Horton, pastor, officiating.
A calm, loving and Christ-like spirit, Mabel Joyce Davis was born Jan. 4, 1955 to Ophelia Wright Davis and the late Julius Wyde Davis. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Snow Hill Baptist Church.
Joyce was educated in the public school system of Warren County. Upon completion of an involved high school experience at John Graham High School, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.
Joyce taught at Northside Elementary School in Warren County prior to moving to Tallahassee, Fla. She earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Family Systems from Florida State University. Joyce worked at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Fla. before returning to North Carolina.
A certified clinical social worker, she obtained employment with Lutheran Family Services in Raleigh as a family life counselor at Wake Advancement Center, where she worked diligently with the inmates.
Joyce knew her mission in life. Until her health began to decline, she worked dutifully at Riley Hill Baptist Church near her home in Wendell. She was founder and director of the Vacation Bible School, teacher of the intermediate Sunday school class, and a leader in Noon Day Bible Study. She was also an organizer of youth services. She strived to get young people involved in church activities.
Family was important to Joyce. Her immediate family was small, but she had a large and caring extended family. She leaves lasting memories to her beloved son, Micah Joel Bryant, of the home; her mother, Ophelia W. Davis, of Warrenton; her siblings, Julian Wyatt Davis, Sr. (Deborah) of Mableton, Ga. and Audrey Suzette Davis of Henderson; her niece, Leah Davis-Madden of Atlanta, Ga.; her nephew, Julian Wyatt Davis, Jr. of Smyrna, Ga.; her grand-niece, Addison Quinn Madden of Atlanta, Ga.; her cousins, Charles Wright, Alfred Wright, Glenda Wright Turner (Vincent), Durwood Wright, Juanita Downey, Jackie Stewart, Betty Washington, Teresa Davis, Bonnie Davis, Mona Bullock, Myrtle Ramsey, Carlton Davis, Merritt Davis, Jr., Leon Harris, Jeffrey Williams, Gregory Williams (Lana), Reginald Williams, Dorothy Williams, Carol Williams, Tyra Wright, Regio Wright, Cedryk Wright, Tony Turner, Frederick Wright, Timothy Wright, Keith Long, Beatrice Sherrod, Edna Harris, Carrie Matthews, Eleanor Williams, Lois McEachin (James), Sue Eason (Arthur), Merman Davis (Luna), Tasker Davis, Jessie Mallory, Nina Davis and Martha Davis; her Riley Hill and Snow Hill church families; special family members, Chaz Bryant, Lauren Bryant and Angela Caldwell; and numerous other relatives, friends and former classmates.
Arrangements were by Boyd's Funeral Services of Warrenton.