NEWPORT NEWS - Freddye Sue Turner was born on April 8, 1922 to Frederick C. and Ercerene Lea Turner. She grew up with her brother, Frederick C. Jr., in Jonesboro, Ark. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1950 and entered Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. On April 26, 1053, she graduated from Philander Smith and on that same day, she married Earl Lee Davy. Earl and Freddye Sue had three children, Earl Jr., Sue Ercerene and Frederick Courtney. At the time of Earl's death, in 1983, they had been married for 30 years.|
A review of Freddye Davy's career reveals that she had a variety of teaching experiences. Over the course of 59 years, she had plied her pedagogical skills from a one-room school in a prison for Negro boys to the college campus; from rural Arkansas to urban Washington, D.C., to suburban Maryland; from elementary to junior high to senior high to college. All along the way, there were honors and testimonials for his work. Presently, she was director of Hampton University's Honors College.
A review of Freddye Davy's spiritual life reveals an active and involved member in the church. For more than 40 years, she was involved in some phase of music ministry, either as pianist, organist, choir member or choir director. She was an ordained deacon and an ordained elder. She had served on the Session of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church; had chaired the Committee on Witness; and had been a commissioner to the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia. Most importantly, she claimed a faith that had been an anchor in time of storms.
If you reviewed Freddye Davy's life you would find it full and blessed with three children, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a full measure of professional activities and fellowship.
If you asked her to write her epithet, it would read 'Dedicated Teacher, Devoted Mother, Servant of the Lord.'
On Saturday, June 2, 2012, she succumbed to a year long battle with Leukemia.
A celebration of life concert will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Ogden Hall on the campus of Hampton University. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from June 17 to June 18, 2012