Lucy Tedder Davis
Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home
2402 South Irby Street
Florence, SC
FLORENCE - The Rev. Lucy Tedder Davis, 88, of Florence, passed away Monday, November 8, 2010, at her residence after an extended illness.

Rev. Davis was born in the Sardis community of Florence County, SC, a daughter of the late Nolan Heyward Tedder and Lena Bell Locklair Tedder. She was a charter member of South Florence Baptist Church where she served as Youth Sunday School teacher, as the first Deaconess in a Baptist church in Florence and as a chairman of several committees, was a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church and had been a pastor at Dawsey United Methodist Church, Florence (1989 â€' 1996), was founder and director of the House of Hope of the Pee Dee (1996 â€' 2000), and minister of visitation at Highland Park United Methodist.

Rev. Davis received an associate degree from Spartanburg Junior College, received a B.A. from Coker College by working and through a scholarship given by Spartanburg Junior College for the highest academic record in the graduating class. She received an M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina with a major in counseling and administration. Her graduate studies were done at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at North Carolina State University at Raleigh, at the State University of Iowa, at St. Mary's College in San Francisco, CA, at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, at the University of New Hampshire and completed a course of studies at Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC.

She served as an educator with Sherwood High School, Bishopville Elementary, Bethune High School, Harllee Elementary and at McClenaghan High School where she also served as Assistant Principal. She organized Timrod Elementary School and served as Principal, served as Interim Principal of Briggs Elementary, served as Principal of Moore Junior High School and as Principal of West Florence High School, was Director of Elementary and Middle School education for Florence School District One and served four years as Head Mistress of Darlington Academy.

She was a member of the board, serving twice as President, for the Mental Health Association of Florence County, a member of the Florence County Association for the Mentally Retarded, a member of the board for the Pee Dee Mental Health Association, a member of the South Carolina Education Association, a member of the board of directors for the Department of Youth Services, a member of the board for the Boys Club of Florence, member of the Board of Trustees for the Department of Adult Corrections, member of the Alumni Board of Coker College, a charter member and past president of the Palmetto Teachers Association, supervisor for Student Teachers at Francis Marion University, past president for two terms with the Business and Professional Women's Club and was selected twice as career woman of the year, was the recipient of the "First Distinguished Educator Award" presented by the South Carolina Education Association Citizenship Committee

She was the recipient of the "Order of the Palmetto" presented by Governor Carroll Campbell, was the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Florence Civitan Club, served two years as supervising counselor of two counselors in Darlington and Hartsville for the University of Georgia, attended Southeastern School of Alcohol Studies from the University of Georgia. She was a member of the United Teaching Profession, the National Guidance Association, the National Council of Social Studies, the National Association for Secondary Principals and Administrators, past president of the Palmetto State Teachers Association, member of the American and South Carolina Associations for Curriculum Development and a member of the South Carolina Association for Elementary Principals.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnie M. Davis, Sr., who died May 29, 2002; brothers, Howard Tedder, Nolan Heyward Tedder, Jr. and C. Cooper Tedder; sisters, Evelyn T. Brown and Jacqueline Barefield.

Surviving are her sons, The Rev. Johnnie Manly (Carol) Davis, Jr. of West Columbia, SC and Nolan Henry (Kay) Davis of Florence, SC; grandchildren, Lisa Davis (Mike) Johnson of Columbia, Amanda Davis Powell of Charleston, Corey (Lane) Davis and Leann Davis, both of Florence; great-grandchildren, Joey Nolan Powell and Courtney Powell, both of Florence; sisters, Polly T. (Blaney) Howle and Josephine Spears, both of Florence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons, PO Box 4964, Florence, SC 29502, The Manna House, 450 Jarrett Street, Florence, SC 29506, Harvest Hope, 2513 Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Florence. Burial will follow at Florence Memorial Gardens directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6 â€' 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the funeral home.

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To the Davis Family,
Like so many students growing up in Florence, Mrs. Lucy T. Davis was an anchor of reason, fairness and strength. She guided us all through our youth and blessed us all with her love and example. God bless you all and thank you Lord for letting me know this great lady!
Michael Rothwell, MD
November 29, 2010
To Mr. Davis and Family,
I did my internship at the House of Hope. To Mr. Davis, your Mother was very humble and very loved and appreciated by all. She is definitely going to be missed in more ways than you can imagine. I loved the talks we had. She never boasted about her education, but I saw her suffer. I would get up and get her a drink or whatever she needed. Tears come into my eyes, but I know she is in better hands. She will always be remembered.
Jean Herring
Jean Herring
November 20, 2010
How wonderful knowing that Lucy is with our Savior and living forever!
November 19, 2010
Lucy Davis was an incredible woman! I first met her when I was in 5th grade at Briggs Elementary. She came as the interim principal. Years later, she was assigned to be my college supervisor when I did my student teaching. When she came to observe me, she would burst into the classroom with a huge smile and walk straight up to me and give me the biggest hugs. I have always admired her and will always have the fondest memories of her. She will be missed greatly! Thanks Davis family for sharing this incredible woman with us!
Karen Howle
November 18, 2010
I have felt so lost now for more than a week. Aunt Lucy, I miss you more than anyone can understand. You were such a bright spot in my life, always encouraging me and loving me. Every time I close my eyes, I see you laughing at something I said or smiling at me at the end of one my school stories. I miss your caring eyes. I have NO doubt that the celebration in Heaven for you is STILL going on! I love you!
Emily Jordan
November 17, 2010
Davis Family: My sister and I have just read 61 entries and we are at a loss as to how we can express our sorry at your loss. Ms. Lucy will be missed and can never be replaced just remember she loved and cared for everyone just as she was loved she touched so many lives. It's a shame that there are not more like her.
Charlotte McLendon Yarborough and Patsy
McLendon Bateman.
Patsy Bateman
November 16, 2010
My association with the reverend Mrs. Davis was at the time when she was Vice Principal at McClenaghan High School back in the 60s. With my lack of maturity at the time, I wanted to quit school during my junior year. She called my mother, a childhood friend, and they talked with me. Because of that talk, I changed my mind, and went on to a career from which I'm retiring. I also used to attend church with her at College Park Baptist Church in Florence. To look at her obituary, I couldn't help but think what an wonderful, active, intelligent, and effective person she was. I have fond memories of her that will remain with me for the rest of my years. So, sorry for everyone's loss, and mine. Rest in peace, and God's grace Mrs. Davis.
Val McGinness
November 15, 2010
I'll never forget the first time I met Mrs. Davis... I was seven years old at my Grandparent's house (directly across the street from her house)when my Mom introduced her as my new Principal at the brand new Timrod School. My parents and Grandparents were thrilled that my sister and I would be under her watchful eye. I knew that I would be taken care of but had to walk a straight line. She was tough but fair, and her character was paramount. Even though I didn't see her much after I got older, I always heard of one achievement after another. She was truly a renaissance Christian woman who we will probably never see the likes of again in our lifetime. I'm sure Jesus has welcomed you into his Kingdom with a hearty Well Done Lucy!
Mark Thomason
November 14, 2010
To Lucy T's Family.
Lucy T was my principal at Moore and West Florence(76). The Lord blessed us with a wonderful role model in Ms. Davis. How wonderful for us that she has touched so many while here on this earth! I know that she is serving our Lord with great passion still!
Michelle T. Pendergraph
November 14, 2010
November 13, 2010
Johnnie, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. May God be with you and your family through this time of grief.
Carole Lamm Gregg Gamble
November 12, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ms. Lucy. She touched our family in a special way. She will be missed, but not forgotten.
Will, Pam, Leslie, Ashley, Betsy and Jennie Poston
November 12, 2010
Mrs. Polly, our heart goes out to you in your time of loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Ricky, Paul & Holly
Holly Mixon
November 12, 2010
To Mrs. Emily Jordan and entire family:
I loved Ms. Lucy through you and through her great history at Timrod and through my husband's aunt's Myrt Phillips & family, as their pastor at Dawsey. After my Mom died in 1994, Ms. Lucy spoke to me while the DeVanes were having a birthday party. It was a moment of spiritual consolation I will never forget. My heartfelt condolences for the loss you have suffered, but she has fought the good fight and now has the reward we all reach for. Love Margaret Smith
November 12, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with the Davis Family.
Betty Tharin & Shug Morris
November 12, 2010
Dear Lucy's Family,
What a wonder friend she was to me. She made me feel like I was part of the family. She was such a great example of the way a Christian should live. I am so sorry I didn't get to her funeral. I had a last minute transportation problem. I love you all. Alice
Alice Rentz
November 11, 2010
My thought and prayers are with the family. I don't think I ever heard anyone ever say a negative word about Mrs. Lucy. She was an example of how to live a good life.

Linda Coleman Cook Finklea
November 11, 2010
Alice Rentz
November 11, 2010
Mrs. Davis was my principal at Moore and West Florence for six years. I loved and admired her very much. She helped me grow as a person. She will be missed greatly.
Johnny McMullen
November 11, 2010
Mrs. Lucy Davis was role model and humanitarian for many generations. She accomplished so much during her life time. Her legacy will live on.
Buquilla Cannon
November 11, 2010
Mrs. Davis was a wonderful teacher. I will always remember her. My deepest sympathy goes out to her entire family.
Bobbie Elmore Carnell
November 11, 2010
Where do I begin ~ this was one woman that will be remembered & loved by many. Lucy was very special to me. I will miss her so much & all of you are in my heart.
Kim Tedder
November 11, 2010
As simple and strong as her name, Lucy Davis was grounded in the power of the present moment, in the knowledge of who she was, of who she would become in the next round of activities, in the next act of giving. Her obituary paints a legendary picture of her service to the world; but her steady gaze in the presence of one single person, one student, always said, "You matter to me. In this moment you are my only concern, and I Know you will succeed." Some of us did realize our dream, and we did it with her help--friend, teacher, councillor, clergy woman. We are the lucky ones. Marilyn Hatchell Regentin
November 11, 2010
Offering deepest sympathy and condolences during your hours of bereavement. Being a member of the Class of 1969, Mrs. Lucy T. Davis served as my Assistant Principal at McClenaghan HS. Rest in peace,"You've fought a good fight, you've finished your coarse and you've kept the faith".
Wellington Wilder
November 11, 2010
"Miz Lucy" will always be one of THE most special, rock-solid Christian (Christ-Follower) women that I have ever known. Our lives have been entertwined for almost all of my life.
My Mom, Dorothy Hewitt Haigh 1926-2005, used to tell her, "Lucy, you are quite a gal!"
My life and the lives of all of my family have been richly blessed by "Miz Lucy".
Florence's loss is definitely heaven's gain!
My prayers are with all of this Dear Lady's family.
I love you "Miz Lucy"!
Carmen H. Campbell
November 11, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the family
With my love,
June C.Rowell & Family
November 11, 2010
Our sincere thoughts of sympathy be with you in this your time of sorrow.
The Honorable Robert Q. Williams
SC House of Representatives # 62
November 11, 2010
I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you all.
Lawrence Kelly
November 11, 2010
Dear Davis family,
Mrs. Lucy was the most "consistent" Christian warrior that I have ever had the pleasure and honor of knowing. She loved her Lord and never waivered in that love. His love showed through her in all areas of her life. She had a special gift of being able to reach out to all people. She never saw herself as better than anyone else. She was a servant and served well. I will forever cherish the many years of friendship we shared. In the later years I did not get to see her very often, but when I would see her, she never failed to ask about my family and show genuine love for us all. My one hope is that I live my life so that others see Jesus in me, as we have seen in the life of this precious lady. As I think of Mrs. Lucy going home, the song "When The Saints Go Marching In" comes to my mind. On Monday, a Saint marched into Heaven.
Susie Melton
November 11, 2010
i love mrs.Davis,she was always there for me while i was in school,i wish my grfandchildren had someone as caring as she was in there school,she was a great woman,people like mrs.Davis are few and far between she will be miss she most def.touched my heart
karen young
November 11, 2010
I first met Ms. Lucy Davis in high school many years ago. She was a no nonsense woman, who I came to know and deeply respect. She was truly an icon in our city. There are no more like her. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Gloria Sutton
November 10, 2010
Mrs. Davis was one of the least common and most admirable people I have ever met. She was, in many ways, the personification of the highest and purest ideals to which any might aspire and to these she inspired others. I offer my sincere condolences to her family.
Richard Conner
November 10, 2010
Lucy Davis was a wonderful Christian woman who's life was her testimony. She was ever vigilant when it came to her dedication to her students, church, visitations to those in need, her family, friends, and the community as a whole.God bless and be with all who mourn her passing. Rejoice in her loving spirit, her exemplary life and the knowledge that she now in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Cindy Boyd, Florence, South Carolina
November 10, 2010
Well Mrs. Lucy is finally home where she sent all good supplies up above for her final resting place to be built! The number of people she helped will never be counted. I know My Mom and Dad were sitting on their porch waiting to talk to her since they have been gone 6 and 12 years previously. Nothing but prayers and good thoughts remind me of her even today in my sorrow at your loss Henry, Johnny and the Howle Family along with the Tedder Family. Even thought the time of years has separated us I remember all the good times at Mrs. Lucy house. Johnny with a Corvair Spyder, and Henry with the guidance we received after busting out the screen on the back porch there. Having seen Mrs. Polly regularly during this time also, Mrs Lucy's family and the Tedders had always treated me as one of them, which brings me to my sorrow of having to apologize for not being able to attend her visitation or funeral with my disability condition. Know that all of you are in my Thoughts and Prayers and that we will all see each other again "When the Roll Is called up Yonder."
Glenn Weeks
November 10, 2010
Lucy Davis was the person that we all should strive to be...Honest, hardworking, fair, consistant, a friend to all, but most of all a servant of the Lord. I will miss her greatly! I see her now in the Halls of Heaven not asking what can I do, but showing others what needs to be done. To her family, there was no one finer than Lucy T. Davis. God has her now and knowing Lucy, her only wish would be for someone to take up where she left off! God bless each of you and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Becky Berry
November 10, 2010
Mrs. Lucy T. Davis was my principal from 1972-1978(w/the exception of 1975).Although we did not see eye-to-eye regarding my education:),her tough-as-nails approach always kept me on my toes.May God give comfort to her family,friends,and loved ones during this time.Emory R.Scipio(Graduating class of 1978)
Emory Scipio
November 10, 2010
To Ms. Lucy's family: upon the passing of my daughter She gave me a book to read called Good Grief, and I thought that there was no such thing.Laughter is like a medicine and as you think about her and good times: Laugh Alot.
Vernon & Olivia Haynesworth
November 10, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,Mrs. Davis was like a warm summer sun that shine on the life of every one she meet.I will miss all the time we shared,all the advise she gave me ,but most of all I will miss her.
Ann McDaniel
November 10, 2010
November 10, 2010
Ms. Lucy was an inspiration to my family. She touched my life and let me know that God loved me and he would always love me. My prays are with you and know that God has his faithful servant with him now. Love and Prayers,Amy Graham
Amy Graham
November 10, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this heartfelt time! Mrs. Davis was a much loved principal to me from 7th - 11th grade. She touched the lives of all of her students and was missed by all of us when she left West Florence High. There is truly no one like her in education today. Words cannot express my thoughts at your loss.
Julia Altman Prosser
November 10, 2010
"To know her was to love her." After she retired she did more than most people do in a lifetime. She came into my life in high school. Each year I would check and find the subjects she would be teaching the next year and I would sign up for all of them first. As adults in my class alone we had three Clerk of Courts that she taught etc.. She was such a never ending inspiration in my life that in later years I took my two small children to see her and as recent as this year I visited with my two teen grandsons. One felt God's love when she talked and a visit was such a blessing to all. She will be missed but never forgotten! Oh that every child could have a Lucy Davis in their lifetime and I will be forever grateful she came into my life and stayed there in person and now in memory forever..
Judi (Judith) Timmons Gore
November 10, 2010
My Aunt Lucy was someone I always looked up to with the most respect. She was always there for me and always gave me encouraging words. She will have many crowns when she walks through the gates of Heaven. She touched many many lives!!! I will miss her deeply!! I am so proud to be named after her. Lucy Allison Howle!!!
Allison Howle
November 10, 2010
A fond memory I have is Mrs.Lucy coming over to encourage my grand-mother. One visit she started going through her excercise routine telling my grandmother to get out of that chair and move. They were both 82 years old and she was showing that you don't have to give up just because you feel bad most days. When Lucy was getting ready to leave she admitted to me that she had been very sick and not able to do much but knew that if she took the time to reach out to someone that was a little more down than herself the Lord would bless her efforts. That was one encounter in a lifetime of people she has encouraged. May we all take lesson's from the true teacher.
David and Lisa Dean
November 10, 2010
"Miss Lucy" was Pastor of Dawsey UMC when my daughter, Robin, was in Girl Scouts. Our troop met there every week, and Mrs. Lucy and her congregation were very supportive and generous with the use of their church building and anything that we needed while there. These girls (and their moms) grew to love Mrs. Lucy dearly. She even scheduled a pool party/cook out for them one Sunday afternoon at a member's home. Some of the girls volunteered at House of Hope when they were working on their highest award. When Dawsey burned, we were saddened at the loss of the building; but the memories of the people and Mrs. Lucy will be cherished forever. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. She has left a legacy for her family and a true example of a life well lived.
Susan S. Matthews
November 10, 2010
God bless Lucy's family and friends in the loss of a beautiful person and a good Christian. She was One Of a Kind.
Cheryl Oliver & Cindy collins
November 10, 2010
Mrs. Lucy Davis was a very special person. We knew her and loved her.
James & Beatrice & Anne & Wyman Cook
November 10, 2010
Wow!!! The lives Mrs. Lucy touched in her long career in education and the ministry. It is an inspiration to us all.

May God hold you, the family, in his arms during this time of sorrow.

But know that you have been blessed by having Mrs. Lucy in your life. God has a staunch soldier in his Heavenly Army with Mrs. Lucy.
Dianne Hill Anderson, Sardis, SC
Dianne Hill Anderson
November 10, 2010
To Polly and the girls and the rest of the Tedder family: Your loss is Ms. Lucy's gain. She cannot help but be exulting in being with family that has gone before her and with her Lord. We love you and know the Lord will bless you during your time of grief.

Fred and Selma Bettis
Selma Bettis
November 10, 2010
Heaven is rejoicing as the saints welcome Mrs. Lucy home! Well done thy good and faithful servant. I count it a great honor to have crossed paths with her briefly in the beginnings of the Christian Learning Center. Her legacy will live on through her family and all the ministries she has touched! May God bless the family during this time of separation.
Louanne Stewart
November 10, 2010
Ms.Davis was very very special to me.She spoke at my dad's funeral
in 2007.She would always visit him when he was sick.She would call and
check on my mother intermittently,since she became a widow.Ms. Davis had a strong personality.In the 1970's professionally, she and my father were the odd couple and they respected each other tremendously.She was his boss at West Florence. I will never forget her. God bless the Davis family!!
J. Frederick Littles M.D.
November 10, 2010
I met Ms. Lucy while working at the local convenience store. I remember her coming every morning morning to get change for her newspaper. Almost like it was yesterday. When she became ill, I visited her a couple of times and as life has it, I wasn't able to visit her, but I thought of her often. Even more so when I passed her house. She was a very nice and straightforward individual. Someone who will always be remembered.
May God bless you Henry and your family during your loss.

CEE CEE(former employee of the Marathon convenience store)
November 10, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Betty Barnes
November 10, 2010
Mrs. Lucy was a true inspiration for my family and I. Our prayers are with her family at this sad time. I'm sure she'll be missed terribly. May God bless and keep you.

Teddy, Robin and Elyse Horne
November 10, 2010
I am sorry to hear about the tragic event. I am praying for The Davis that they may find peace in this time.
Angel Herndon
Angel Herndon
November 10, 2010
To the Davis Family, Mrs Lucy was a great inspiration to our family. She was one of the strongest women I have ever known, and was considered a dear friend by me mother, Virginia Burris Johnson, who passed away many years ago. She certainly touched many lives over the years in very positive ways, and will be greatly missed.
Judy Johnson Hare
Judy Johnson Hare
November 10, 2010
I was sorry to hear of the passing of Ms Lucy. She was a legend in the educational community. May God comfort the family during this difficult time.
Robbie McLaughlin
November 10, 2010
Johnnie,Ms.Lucy was a "catalyst" for a lot of us at the "Youth Bureau".May her life speak for her.My prayers are with you and your family. HARRY M WRIGHT
November 10, 2010
No words can express the sorrow we feel over the loss of such a great human being. Her rewards are great and she is home. What a lasting legacy she left behind! With love and sympathy.
Pam and Robert Clemons
November 10, 2010
Gussie B. Avant
November 10, 2010
Dear Davis family, It was a great honor to have known "Miss Lucy". She was a true Christian. She always walked the walk and talked the talk. A friend to everyone. She touched so many lives and let everyone she met know that they were loved. Jennifer Barfield DeMaggio
November 10, 2010
we are thinking of you at this time she will be missed
grace kim williams
kim williams
November 10, 2010
Dear Lord: Thank you for sharing Lucy with us as long as you have. May each of her children be assured that they have been blessed by someone very special. Welcome her home with open arms as we shall miss her her.
Peggy Harrill
November 10, 2010
To Ms.Lucy's family, she will be well remembered as a beautiful kindred spirit, I have seen her laugh and even shed tears. She has touched my heart in many ways as well as others. Ms.Lucy has taken her final journey no more walkers, canes, or wheel chairs, This captain has earned her wings, and she is now home, Rest in peace my dear friend.
Linda Lynch Dotson
November 10, 2010
I feel very honored to have known Ms. Lucy. She was a true example of one living a Christlike life. My prayers go out to her family. She truely was an inspiration to all that met her.
Kim Holland Bonnoitt
November 10, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Eddie Davis
November 9, 2010
Dear family:
We loved Lucy very much! We will be praying for all of you as you plan for her celebration of life and going to be with the Lord. We are so glad to have visited her within the last 2 weeks. Love and prayers,
Jeanette Rowell
Debbie Rowell Ross
Wilma Rowell Poston
November 9, 2010
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