Mr. Batson B. Davis — 1928-2019

Published 10:04 pm Monday, September 23, 2019

Mr. Batson B. Davis, 91, of Valley, passed away on Sept. 22 at East Alabama Lanier Skilled Nursing in Valley. Mr. Davis was born on May 11, 1928, in Langdale to Rosa Lee Robertson Davis and Aubrey Davis. 

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 69 years, Alice McRay Davis; daughters, Valerie (Steve) Taylor, of Asheville, North Carolina and Fran (Buddy) Groover, of Lanett; grandchildren, Matthew Taylor, of Dallas, Texas, Stephanie (Robert) Kelley, of Asheville, North Carolina, Logan Groover and Ryan Groover, of Lanett, and Chelsea and Colby Groover, of Birmingham; and great-grandchildren, Eli and Evangeline Kelley, of Asheville, North Carolina. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Handley Davis. 

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Mr. Davis began working at Langdale Mill in 1944 at the age of 16. From 1951-1952, he served the Armed Forces of the United States as a Master Sargent stationed in Japan. In 1952 when he returned home, he continued his employment at Langdale Mill and retired from there with 52 years of service and was a member of the 50 Year Club. After retirement from Langdale Mill, he worked for several years at Ponder’s Nursery and H&R Block Tax Service. 

Mr. Davis was a dedicated choir member at Langdale United Methodist Church where he also served as a Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and member of numerous church committees. In addition to singing with the church choir, he spent many years singing with various quartets and was a soloist on many occasions. 

Prior to his retirement, he was also a member of the local Kiwanis Club where he served as president and held the distinction of having perfect attendance for his years as a member.   

Funeral services will be held on Sept. 25 at Langdale United Methodist Church in Valley at 2 p.m. EDT. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. EDT at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Langdale United Methodist Church in his memory. 

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Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley, directing.