Marcia Ann McClurd Davis, of Saint Simons Island, passed away on April 23, 2013, in the Southeast Georgia Health System, following a short battle with lung cancer.
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Marcia was born in Waycross on September 17, 1941, to Kyra and John McClurd, and was raised in Brunswick. Following graduation from Glynn Academy, she enrolled in Georgia Southern College (now University) and earned three degrees in English education. She later completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in English (with a focus on Renaissance literature) at the University of Georgia.
Marcia was a teacher by desire, education, and temperament. Over the course of a distinguished 30-year teaching career, she taught English, language arts, and humanities to high school students in Statesboro, Loganville, and Athens. She ended her career as the Director of the Gifted Program at Clarke Central High School, in Athens. She retired in 2000 and turned her attention from her love of Shakespeare to her love of the beach. She maintained homes in Athens and Saint Simons from 2008 until 2010, when she moved to Saint Simons permanently.
Marcia is survived by her life partner, Ann Crowther, of Saint Simons Island; daughter, Shannon (Clifford) Dear, of Cantonment, Fla.; son, Drew Davis, of Petaluma, Calif.; brother, Johnny (Sandy) McClurd, of Ocilla; and three nieces and their families: Jeter (Craig) Williams and children, Katelin, Taylor, and J.T., of Evans; Jana (John) Barnes and children, Jack, Carly, and Addison, of Manakin Sabot, Va.; and Brooke (Jeremy) Lott and children, Jaksen and Judson, of West Green. She is also survived by members of Ann's family and by many friends and former students who loved her deeply.
Aside from teaching, Marcia loved her family and friends, poodles, the ocean, reading, travel, and bridge. A private celebration of her life will be held in the future.
Those wishing to honor Marcia might consider donations to the
or the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, or local chapters of either group.
Chapman Funeral Chapel & Crematory, of Brunswick, is in charge of the arrangements.
Chapman Funeral Chapel
5951 Golden Isles Pkwy
Brunswick, GA 31525
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 7, 2013