Jean Chaplin Davis


July 12, 1926 - March 4, 2020

Well-known Mount Olive retired schoolteacher, Jean C. Davis, passed away Wednesday night, March 4, 2020 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. She was 93.

She was married to Alonzo James “Jimmy” Davis III, and they were married for 72 years. Upon her earning her bachelor degree from East Carolina Teacher’s College, she taught school in Seven Springs, Mount Olive and Goldsboro. Later she earned her master degree from East Carolina University.

Jean was an avid gardener, even having had a winning yard in the Festival of Flowers celebration in Mount Olive. She was an active member of the Mount Olive Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Mount Olive Historical Society, Garden Club, Business and Professional Women’s Association, and the United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church of Mount Olive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Davis; her parents, the Rev. Al Chaplin and Rosa Jones Chaplin; and a grandson, Matthew Jones.

Surviving her are her children, Dr. Lon Davis IV and wife, Phyllis, of Morehead City; Elaine D. Shipley and husband, Mike, of Mount Olive, and Rebecca D. Jones of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Adrian Skinbinski and husband, Thomas, Alonzo James Davis IV and wife, Velma, Amy Davis, Amber Price, Candice Coulter and husband, Jim, P. J. Hall and husband, Brad, John Frick, Caroline Jones, and Alyssa Jones; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family would like to thank her faithful and loving caregivers: Barbara Millard, Michelle Connerton, Vickie Wiggins, Ire Darden, and Hazel Wiggins. They are also much appreciative to the Meals on Wheels volunteers.

Visitation was held Saturday, March 7, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home, and at other times, the family was at the home of Elaine and Mike Shipley. Graveside funeral services were held Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. in the Maplewood Cemetery in Mount Olive. Officiating was Dr. H. Dennis Draper Jr. and the Rev. Michael Binger. The family requests memorial gifts be made to Meals on Wheels, (Wages, Attn: Meals on Wheels, 601 East Royall Ave., Goldsboro NC 27534.)

A Tyndall Service.


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