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SHREVEPORT, LA - Sammy Lane Ducote Davis passed from this life on Saturday, July 10, 2010. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, in Frost Chapel at the First Baptist Church of Shreveport. The family will receive friends at a visitation on Friday, July 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Marshall Street's Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
Born in Shreveport on July 24, 1931, Sammy was the daughter of Hebon Joseph Ducote and Mary Olive Bell Ducote. She is preceded in death by her beloved and devoted husband of 33-years, William Ashby "Bill" Davis, with whom she traveled the world, and for decades, graciously hosted cherished friends and family in their South Highlands home.
Sammy is survived by her brothers; Harold A. Ducote and sister-in-law, Inez Finch Ducote of Kansas City, MO; and Hebon Joseph (Bud) Ducote of Saratoga, CA; sister-in-law Josephine Callia (Peggy) Davis of Shreveport; her devoted nephew caregivers, Lee Edsel Davis and William Joseph Davis, both of Bossier City; and numerous other nieces, nephews, godchildren, and chosen kin.
In business and civic circles, Sammy will be remembered widely for her legacy of leadership in the Ark-La-Tex advertising community-by a multitude of colleagues and clients, and two generations of advertising professionals, who under her influence and tutelage have distinguished themselves in careers locally and throughout the country. In 2006, The Shreveport Bossier Advertising Federation honored her contributions in furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern, with the esteemed American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award.
Sammy started her advertising career in Shreveport at ARKLA Gas, before commencing a celebrated 30-year career at Jack Hodges III Communications, where she served as Vice President. Advertising would forever be Sammy's second love. It was during her early days at Jack Hodges, when on her first visit to her new client, Davis Men's Store in Shreveport's West End, she caught a glimpse of her first love-the storeowner's son, Bill Davis, her soon-to-be husband.
During her years at JHIII, Sammy hired and trained some of the brightest and best of Shreveport's advertising community, and managed a client list that included McDonalds, SWEPCO, SR Superstore and Blockbuster Video. Following her retirement from Jack Hodges, Sammy founded Sammy Davis Consultants, from which she retired in 2003.
Sammy's contagious laughter and inexhaustible energy contributed a wealth of heart, talent and time in support of Shreveport's arts and charities. She served as public relations chair for the Caddo Parish Heart Association and the local Girl Scouts; Communications Vice President of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce; public relations chair for fundraising events for the Schumpert Medical Center Foundation; and the Junior Achievement Board of Northwest Louisiana. She also served as President of the Board of Directors of Providence House and received the first Providential Care Award given by that organization for her tireless efforts to raise funds for their homeless outreach program. Sammy led a citizen's task force to improve the Shreveport Independence Stadium, and to create a brochure on ecotourism. She was active in the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and The Shreveport Little Theatre.
Sammy was a graduate of St. Vincent's Academy and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she was a member and president of the Sigma Chapter of Delta Zeta. She was active for many years in Delta Zeta's Shreveport Alumni Chapter, which she also served as president. She attended First Baptist Church of Shreveport, where her husband, Bill, was a member and where, in recent years, she was under their Watch Care program.
Following the chapel service on Saturday, Sammy will be laid to rest at Bill's side in Forest Park Cemetery. Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers are James Ashby Davis, Thomas Stuart Ducote, Jr., Bill Bailey Carter, Kenny Kneiper, Peter Moncrief, Mike Rayburn, Jeff Crane and Jerry Martin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Providence House, 814 Cotton Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.


Published in Shreveport Times on July 14, 2010
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