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Margaret Neal Smith Davis

Posted By Hall-Wynne On October 7, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

DURHAM: Margaret Neal Smith Davis, age 101, of Durham and formerly of Charlotte, North Carolina died on October 7 at the Forest at Duke. Born in Matthews, North Carolina on September 15, 1912, Mrs. Davis was the daughter of the late Mary Jane Freeman Smith and Samuel Leroy Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Van Davis, co-founder of Charlotte Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, and her brother, William Leon Smith.
After graduating from Matthews High School and Brown Business College in Charlotte, she worked for George Smith, Attorney-at-Law. Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Davis served on the board of directors of Charlotte Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and as a secretary of the Board until she retired in 1977
As a lifelong Presbyterian, she was an active member of Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Amity Presbyterian Church and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, and First Presbyterian Church in Durham, where she taught Sunday school and Circle Bible lessons. She faithfully volunteered in the church office and for Meals on Wheels. In Charlotte, Mrs. Davis was a member of the Mizpah Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Belvedere Garden Club.
Surviving are her daughter, Ella Jane Davis Rourk and husband, Malcolm Henderson, of Durham, her son, William Javan Davis and his wife, Elizabeth of Rougemont, NC; grandchildren, Caroline Davis Rourk and Malcolm Henderson Rourk, III, both of Durham, Peter Javan Rourk and his wife, Karen of Cedar Grove, NC, and Elizabeth Rourk Hayden and her husband, John of Louisville, KY; and a great grandson, Davis William Rourk.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Monday from First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev’d Marilyn Hedgpeth and the Rev’d Sam Miglarese officiating. Interment will be Tuesday in Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte.
Memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. Durham, NC 27701, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Rd. Richmond, VA 23227 upsem.edu or to Meals on Wheels, 2522 Ross Rd. Durham, NC 27703. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com.


Condolences for the family of “Margaret Neal Smith Davis”

Condolence from Mike Moore on October 13th, 2013 12:00 am

I will remember Margaret as a true friend and as a kind , honest,and caring person. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

Condolence from Vickey L Benfield on October 14th, 2013 12:00 am

Davis Family,
I was so sad to read about Miss Margaret. I worked with Charlotte Liberty Mutual Insurance for 25 years. I remember what a kind and sweet lady she was. We would visit her beautiful home off of The Plaza and she would always send us home with her homemade Pepper jelly. What a precious and dear lady she was to all of us at CLM. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you. She was loved so much!

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