Anna Delores Davis, of Knoxville, went from labor to reward on March 8, 2020. She was born June 23, 1945 in Lexington, KY to the late John Will and Mary Elizabeth Brown. Anna grew up in and was a member of Historic Pleasant Green Baptist Church, Lexington, KY under the pastorate of Rev. W.A. Jones, where she was active in the choir and other ministries.
She attended Dunbar High School, where she excelled academically as an honor student and as a member of the cheerleading team and marching band. She was also voted “Miss Dunbar High” her senior year. After graduating high school, she continued her education at the University of Kentucky receiving her bachelor’s degree.
She was employed by IBM of Lexington for 15 years. She met the love of her life, Ron Davis, while studying at the University of Kentucky. The two wed on April 8, 1989 and relocated to Knoxville the same year. While in Knoxville, they joined Community Evangelistic Church where Anna sang in the choir. She was a member of CEC for more than 30 years and a member of the SALT Ministry.
She taught in Knox County Schools for a several years and at Pellissippi State Community College. She later obtained her Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee.
She was an entrepreneur at heart. Anna was so well-versed that she had multiple business ventures. Her love of learning was important too, yet her love of family preceded all. Always enjoying time with family, she also loved cooking, taking pictures and traveling.
Preceded in death by her parents and brother, Dion Polk.
Left to cherish her memory: devoted husband, Ron Davis; two sons, Calvin and Jeffery Banks; two step-children, Sabrena Kelly- Lewis (Jonathan) and Gerard Farris (Nikki); six grandchildren, Ty Anthony Cravens, Adam Wesley Johnson, Isiah Lewis, Yvonne Morton, Gerald Farris II, Nia Farris; one great grandson, John Demetrius Hay; six sisters, Barbara J Brown, Gloria Bryant, Nanetta Taylor, Judy Johnson, Gisele Mack (Creg), Dornita Brown; three brothers; John D. Brown (Jewel), Byron Mitchell, Dewayne Mitchell; a host of nieces, nephews and friends to include special friends; Jean Jackson and Bobbie Lawson.
Thursday, March 12, 2020, the family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. with a Homegoing Celebration to follow at Community Evangelistic Church, 2650 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN. Elder Reginald Strong will officiate. Flowers may be delivered to the church the day of the service.
Saturday, March 14, 2020, a wake from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and service to follow at the Historic Pleasant Green Baptist Church, 540 Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY. The interment will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Hawkins Taylor Funeral Home directing. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com.
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