The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Bethel A.M.E. Church, River Road, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Whiteline Street, Montezuma, Georgia.
Mrs. Gertrude Bailey Davis was born July 21, 1921 in Macon County, Georgia to the late Johnny Bailey and Viola Huff Bailey. She was educated in the public school system of Macon County. She was a graduate of the Macon County Training School. At an early age, she joined the band of Christian Believers at Rocky Mt. C.M.E. Church, where she served as church secretary. In the mid 1980’s she moved her membership to Bethel A.M.E. Church. She served faithfully as a choir member and served on the Missionary Board, until her health began to decline. During her life, she was employed as an Insurance Agent, Social Worker and Headstart teacher. She was also a caregiver for her family.
She was united in Holy matrimony to the late J. E. Davis. To this union, they were blessed with two children. Her children, Shirley Davis Grate and Ira Dudley Davis, preceded her in death. Her granddaughter, Jamecia Davis, preceded her in death. Five siblings, Eva Mae Leggett, Essie Lee Holton, Leila Sparks, Callie Perkins and Johnny Bailey, also preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memories a loving and devoted brother, I. D. Bailey (Bessie Kate), Atlanta, Georgia; a loving and devoted daughter-in-law, Mary Emma Davis, Montezuma, Georgia; devoted son-in-law, John Grate, Georgetown, South Carolina; loving grandchildren, Kimberly Davis (Kalexis), Montezuma, Georgia, Latisha Davis Jackson, Warner Robins, Georgia, Ira Davis, Jr. (Shirley), Norcross, Georgia, Lawade Larry (Courtney), Snellville, Georgia, Gerald Dean (Angela), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Donna Felton, Kansas, Jason Anderson, Dennis Robinson, both of Midland, Pennsylvania, Sophia Engram, Atlanta, Georgia, Iran Neal and Keondra Neal, both of Montezuma, Georgia, Courtney Grate (Dr. Jerthitia Grate), Johnique Grate, all of Valdosta, Georgia and Johneine Grate, Phenix City, Alabama; a host of great grandchildren; a host of great great grandchildren; a host of beloved nieces, nephews, including a devoted niece, Glenda Sparks; a host of other relatives and friends, including her roommate, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams and her daughter, Brenda Warren, and her Montezuma Healthcare Family.
- D'wayne A. Clark(Saturday, April 12 14 10:23 am EDT)
I met Ms. Bailey about 10 years ago while visiting family in Garden Valley. She was married to my cousin J. Davis. She was a very hospitably person and I was with her daughter Shirley and didn't know it. I have a large family J. was the son of my great grandfather Emmitt Gouch Sr. (1890 - 1933) The bible gives the hope of the resurrection at John 5:28. I look forward to seeing Gertrude again.
- Mattie Perkins Sturdivant(Tuesday, March 04 14 02:15 pm EST)
Don't think of her as gone away, her journey's just begun, life holds so many facets, this earth is only one. Think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched for nothing loved is ever lost, and she was loved so much. With deepest sympathy..
Mattie Perkins Sturdivant
- SARA CLEMONS(Friday, February 28 14 04:18 pm EST)
SHARING YOUR SORROW IN THE LOSS OF ONE SO DEAR,AND SENDING DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY.
REMEMBER:"GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH,ALWAYS READY TO HELP IN TIMES OF TROUBLE."[PSALM 46:1]