Clara Sue McMillian Davis
1950 - 2021
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Clara Sue McMillian Davis

Clara Sue McMillian Davis passed away on January 10, 2021, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 1, 1950 in Winter Garden, Florida.

Clara graduated from Charles R. Drew High School, Winter Garden, in 1968. She was a second-generation Florida A&M University college graduate. Thus, she developed a passion and desire to one day matriculate at Florida A&M at an early age. She never wavered from that dream.

Clara received her BS in Business Administration from Florida A&M University in 1972 and MBA from Florida Tech, formerly Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida in 1982. Upon graduation from FAMU, she landed a job with Harris Corporation, formerly Radiation, a Subsidiary of Harris at the time as a Jr. Project Planner. As the first salaried, degreed woman of color hired in the Controller's organization, Clara had a prolific and rewarding career. She held positions of increasing responsibilities as a key contributor on major program pursuit teams, negotiation teams, cost management control, course developer, trainer, publisher and subject matter expert in the field of Earned Value Management. During her 40 year career, she traveled extensively in various assignments and established a wide circle of business associates and professionals in both the private and government sector.

Clara had a passion for volunteering and spent countless hours, uncompensated time, energy and personal money to the betterment of her community.

She was active in several organizations including: Florida A&M University National Alumni Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Harris Corporation Retirement Association, Project Management Institute, Club Esteem and Community Read and Feed. She also served on the Brevard County School Employee & Teacher of the Year selection committee and was Assistant Archivist Volunteer at Florida Tech.

Clara accepted Christ at an early age at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Winter Garden, Florida. Upon moving to Melbourne, she became an active member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church and in later years she joined Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.

A public viewing will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Zanders Memorial Chapel 232 W. Michael Gladden Blvd, Apopka, Florida, and on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 10:00am until Noon at Buggs Chapel 2701 S. Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, Florida. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Noon at Buggs Chapel in Melbourne, Florida (social distancing and masks are required). Interment at Stewart Memorial Gardens, 240 1st Street, Geneva, Florida.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Don Davis; daughter, Brandi (Gerard) Vaughn; three stepdaughters, Roshunda Harris, Donna Michelle Fisher and Kenya LaTasha Davis; two sisters, Oleeta (Willie) Christian, Lila Farmer; one brother, Glenn Farmer. A host of grandchildren among the youngest, Lauryn Claire & Grace Elaine Vaughn, in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

For those desiring to make a monetary contribution (in lieu of flowers), donations may be made to the Brevard County Chapter FAMU Alumni Association - in memory of Clara Davis - P.O. Box 561463 Rockledge, Florida 32956-1463.




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Published in FloridaToday from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 17, 2021
Clara had a generous and giving heart. She loved her community and was dedicated to supporting the children and teens of Club Esteem, serving on the Club Esteem Board for many years. We honor Clara, the person she was, and the life she lived. She will be missed.

Kim Deffebach - on behalf of Club Esteem staff, students, families and Board members.
Kim Deffebach
Friend
January 15, 2021
Clare was a dedicated FAMUAN. She gave of her time and talents to FAMU students, the university and the alumni association under numerous NAA Presidents. I was blessed to have Clare serve with me during my term as President and her commitment over the year thereafter. Clare will be missed by the FAMULY! Take your rest in the hands of the Lord Clare - "To GOD Be The Glory" for your life and legacy of services. CC4FF
Dr. Carolyn Collins
Friend
January 15, 2021
Clare was a special FAMUAN with a dedication to students, the university and the alumni association. She served under countless NAA Presidents and I am blessedd to have benefited from her dedication to FAMU Forever. Clare is now working in the grandstands of glory. Rest in Peace and Love, Carolyn
Dr. Carolyn Hepburn Collins
Friend
January 15, 2021
Clara was a beautiful person. She was a friend to many and was dedicated to the cause of education. She loved her husband Don who worked beside her in support of her beloved alma mater, Florida A and M University. She loved her children and grandchildren especially those adorable twin baby girls. I will miss Clare sharing their pictures with me. Be strong family and hold on to God's unchanging hand.
Edward and Opal Morris
Friend
January 15, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I had the pleasure of working with Clara at Harris. She was a dedicated and hard working individual. I know she continued those qualities after retirement. God Bless Clara and her devoted husband Don and Clara’s family.
Bill Link
Coworker
January 14, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Dianne Debnam
Friend
January 14, 2021
We were blessed to have known Clara. Whether through work, serving together on volunteer programs, line dancing, or various other social functions. The first thing you saw was her beautiful, infectious smile. She will be missed. May God provide comfort and peace to her family during this difficult time.
Reneé & Marvin Love
Friend
January 14, 2021
Rest with God Mrs. Clara. Deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family... So sorry for your loss.
Pati Dunnings
Coworker
January 14, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
RUTHLINE
Friend
January 13, 2021
Clara and Don, our next door neighbors...the best we could ever have. Clara was always friendly and ready to chat, starting with a “Hey Neighbor” when we met out front. We will miss her so much but God must have needed a truly good friend with Him
Richard & Diane Randdolph
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