Obituaries for Sat., Aug. 1, 2015

Published 8:32 pm Friday, July 31, 2015


Mrs. Mary Blanche Jay, 87, of Andalusia, passed away on Wed., July 29, 2015, in Mississippi.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Sun., Aug. 2, 2015, from First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Richburg officiating. Interment will follow in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Jane Jay and Charlie Hopkins of McCool, Miss., Melissa Jay Foshee of Montgomery and Mary Jay and Steve Thomas of Andalusia; grandchildren, Tara Tubbs McClendon, Mary Catherine Foshee, Anna Grace Thomas and Max Thomas; and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Jay was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Max Jay.

Pallbearers will include Howard Beatty, John Odom, John Weaver, Ziba Anderson, Ken Johnson and Kim Dyess.

Visitation will be from 5:30-8:00 p.m. today, Sat., Aug. 1, 2015, at Foreman Funeral Home.

The family will accept flowers or donations may be sent to Hope for LaGonave, PO Box 77, Elm Springs, AR 72728. HFL is a Christian organization founded by the family of Matthew Baugh to provide food, health care and an education for impoverished Haitian Children. He served as a missionary on the island of LaGonave in Haiti until his death in 2006. Rev. Baugh was Mrs. Jay’s great nephew.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at


Nancy Emery Davis passed away peacefully at her home on July 27, 2015, with her family by her side.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyrus W. Emery and Lillian Agnew Emery, and son, Wendell P. Davis.

She is survived by her two sons, C. Whitney Davis and Wayne H. Davis; and her grandchildren, Emery Whitney Davis and Jamison Belle Davis.

Nancy was born on April 4, 1940, in Mississippi, and grew up in Laurel, Miss. She attended Stephens College in Missouri before returning to Laurel. There, she met and married James H. Davis Jr., and moved to Andalusia in 1962. Together they had three sons, C. Whitney Davis, Wayne H. Davis and Wendell P. Davis.

Nancy had many interests and loved being involved in the life of her church, First United Methodist of Andalusia. She was the chairman of the Foster Children’s Christmas party for many years and was responsible for its organization — planning the activities, refreshments, volunteers and seeing that the children went home with gifts and happy memories.

She was very active in the Ethel Chapman Sunday School class and the United Methodist Women, where she served as president and chairman of a circle for many years. She was also a communion steward preparing the elements for worship.

On events when the church took members on trips shopping or sightseeing, you could count on Nancy being on the van. She loved traveling with friends. Nancy was also a faithful member of the Inter Se Club, and was serving as president until April, when she had to step down because of her health. She had previously held every office in the club.

She was a bridge player and loved her Thursday morning bridge club. Her favorite pastime was reading. Nancy was very well read and you could find her at the library every week, picking up another piece of literature.

Nancy and a group of friends would meet for a Saturday night Dinner Club and she truly enjoyed this time, as well as any time she could spend in the company of her friends.

Nancy will be remembered for her wit, smile, laughter and southern charm. She believed in doing the right thing, helping others, family and friendship. She truly counted her friends and family among the greatest blessing she had been given. She will be dearly missed.

A memorial service for Nancy will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Andalusia at 11 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 8, 2015.