Alma Lee Cathey Davis

Published 12:10 am Saturday, January 31, 2015



Alma Lee Cathey Davis, 93, a resident of Cross Creek Health Care and formerly of Swan Quarter, North Carolina, died Thursday, January 29, 2015.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 31at the family plot in Soule Cemetery and will be officiated by Steve Bryan.

Mrs. Davis was born on August 14, 1921, in Asheville, North Carolina and was the daughter of the late William Johnson Cathey and Edythe Huntley Blythe Cathey. She was raised in Skyland, North Carolina where she was a graduate of Valley Springs High School. She earned her undergraduate degree from Western Carolina Teachers College, now Western Carolina University, and did graduate work at the University of Tennessee. Mrs. Davis worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority at Fontana Dam and for the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Richland, Washington. In 1950 she moved to Hyde County as a home economist. She married George Thomas Davis in 1952 and worked in his law practice until his death and continued to work in the practice of her son George Thomas Davis, Jr. for many, many years. Her husband preceded her in death in 1979.

Mrs. Davis was a long-time member of Providence United Methodist Church and a more recent member of Soule United Methodist Church. She taught Sundayschool and was a Cub Scout leader in the 1960’s. Mrs. Davis was a special friend to many who shared her love of family, community, flowers, and fruit.  Her daylily progeny are spread throughout Hyde County gardens.

Mrs. Davis is survived by two sons and their wives: George Thomas Davis, Jr. and Katherine L. Davis, and Calvin Blythe Davis and Kelly N. Davis, all of Swan Quarter; five beloved grandchildren: Katherine Calvin Davis of Arlington, VA, Sarah Phillips LaDu and her husband Daniel LaDu of Birmingham, AL, George Thomas Davis, III of Omak, WA, and Anne Blythe Davis and Coleman Calvin Davis, both of Swan Quarter; a sister Rachel Cathey Daniels of Brevard; a brother William Johnson Cathey, Jr. of Rosman; and many nieces and nephews and their children. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by a sister Virginia Cathey Forrest and a brother Samuel Cathey. In addition to her family, Mrs. Davis leaves behind many dear friends at Cross Creek.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY  10018.

Family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00-8:00pm at Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.