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Mary Coomer Davis Mary Coomer Davis, 86, of Bristol, Va., passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Hospice House in Bristol, Tenn. Mrs. Davis was born in Detroit, Mich. on November 14, 1926, to the late James aned Mary Coomer. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her three brothers, Richard, Jimmy, and Paul Coomer; and by her husband, Joseph "Jay" Davis. She is survived by her dear and much loved "other daughter," Marjorie Mitchell and her family; Mrs. Davis' niece, Mary Katherine Dulin and her family; her husband's niece and nephew, Rosemary and David Williams; her good friend, Mary Jane Miller; her devoted friend, Sharon Morrison; and her many special friends who were so very caring and attentive. Mrs. Davis as a child moved with her family from Detroit to the Bristol area. She is a graduate of Blountville High School, and of Virginia Intermont College. As one of the first women in the region to hold licensure as an insurance agent, Mrs. Davis was a female pioneer in the insurance business. She began working at Montgomery Wards at age 14. She then worked in the insurance field from age 19 to 77. Mrs. Davis ultimately founded her own insurance agency, which grew into one of the largest in the area. Upon retiring, Mrs. Davis formed a personal philanthropic service which she called "Help Somebody Today," and she did just that each and every day of her life. In addition to her remarkable business career, Mary Davis is known and deeply appreciated for her wide and strong support of her community. Mrs. Davis loved her community and was grateful for its support of her as a business woman. She firmly believed that people who benefit from doing business in a community should give back to that community, and that she did with a generous and glad heart! Mary Davis is also known for her remarkable high energy and ultra strong work ethic that she applied to every facet of her life, church, work, community service, and personal. Following a major stroke in 2005, and resultant right side paralysis, Mrs. Davis, through hard work and an optimistic spirit, was eventually able to resume a very active, productive and "other" oriented life in the community and at home . She was truly a person who lived outside herself and her successful comeback from her stroke of eight years ago served as an inspiration to many others who have obstacles to overcome. Mrs. Davis served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations in the region including Barter Theater, VI College, Paramount Theater, The Heart Association, and Morrison School. In the last several years, Mrs. Davis was particularly active in the Morrison School, inspiring students and staff members with her gentle and caring nature, fun sense of humor, strong determination, and unwillingness to give in to her disability. Mrs. Davis also was a devoted member and pillar of the First Baptist Church of Bristol since 1947and continued to be active in Church affairs and activities up to her death. Of Mrs. Davis' many achievements, she would like most to be remembered as an advocate for women in business and as a disciple of The Lord trying the best she could to help do God's work. And, indeed, she was one of His hardest workers! Mary Davis left a legacy of caring, giving, serving, hard work, and loving her God as a path to happiness and success. Her positive impact on this community and on the lives of a multitude of individuals will be ongoing. Bristol is, indeed, a good place to live because of folks like Mary Coomer Davis. In keeping with her philosophy of giving all she has to the betterment of society, Mrs. Davis has donated her body to the Quillen Medical Center. A memorial service to be held at First Baptist Church will be announced at a later date. Those who love Mrs. Davis send heartfelt thanks to the outstanding team of staff members and volunteers of Wellmont Hospice for the exceptional care given to Mrs. Davis during her stay there. The Hospice House is one of God's greatest blessings to this community. It should be generously supported by all. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Wellmont Hospice House, Barter Theater, Morrison School, or a charity of choice. Courtesy of Weaver Funeral Home.

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