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.
Published in FloridaToday from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2021.