CALIFORNIA - Larcie Levi Davis passed away on July 31, 2009. She was born in Anniston and lived her childhood and adult life in Talladega. She was one of seven children raised by her parents, Mary and Henry Levi and they resided at 806 W. Battle Street in the house her father built. She graduated from Talladega College June 8, 1936. She taught elementary school in Alabama for a time, but then eventually entered Harlem Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. She worked as nursing instructor at Harlem Hospital and continued her education obtaining two Master's Degrees, one from New York University and another from Columbia University in 1951. She went on to use her specialization in Mental Health and Pediatrics when she taught Nursing at Hunter College. She later taught Nursing in the New York School system and then retired. Subsequently, she moved to Jacksonville, FL, where she worked for a time as a consultant to the City of Jacksonville but retired again. In 1975, her daughter, Donna, was commissioned in the United States Navy and stationed in California. (Donna was the first African American female Medical Officer in the history of the country, a fact that gave her mother great pride.) Larcie remained in Jacksonville until her first grandchild, Damien Hammel-Davis, was born in 1982 and she, eventually, moved to California in 1984. She was blessed with a second grandson, Grant, in 1985. After a serious illness in 2007, Larcie moved into her daughter's household where she remained independent enjoying travel, TV, bridges, bingo, senior activities and her beloved flowers. She was able to attend Damien's graduation from Cal State Fullerton in 2007 and Grant's from UC Riverside on June 13, 2009. In 2008 she had several hospitalizations, but remained fairly independent until early July 2009 when she entered the hospital for the final time. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Donna Hammel-Davis; son-in-law, Dr. James Hammel; grandsons, Damien and Grant; her sister, Virginia; her nephews, Raymond and Joel Mathis, Darrell Thomas, Mark Winfield; her nieces, Mrs. Alyce Black, and Atty. Elizabeth Eastman; and many wonderful friends and fond acquaintances. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Louis Levi; her sisters, Elizabeth Levi, Sam Ella Smith, Jeanette Winfield and Henrietta Thomas. She was a wonderful, intelligent woman of strong religious and moral conviction, a supportive advocate for her family and friends. She was wise, loving and delightful to be around. No words can adequately express how much she will be missed and how much she is loved.
Sims Funeral Service
431 Battle Street West
Talladega, AL 35160
Published in The Daily Home on Aug. 6, 2009