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Originally published: 2014-03-31 09:18:34
Last modified: 2014-03-31 09:20:53

Mary Idelle McLemore Davis

Mrs. Mary Idelle McLemore Davis, 100, of Statesville, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Claire Bridge of Statesville.
Mrs. Davis was born September 1, 1913, in Cabarrus County and was the daughter of the late Daniel Walter and Mattie Gay McLemore. 
She was a graduate of Davidson High School and she attended Davidson College, Winthrop College and Coker College. Mrs. Davis was the pianist for First Baptist Church in Dillon, S.C., and a bookkeeper for Belk Stores in Dillon, where she met her husband, William Young Davis, who she married on August 3, 1941. She was a homemaker and devoted mother to four children, who survive.
Mrs. Davis and her husband were longtime members of First Baptist Church in Statesville.  Mr. Davis was on the building committee for the new church in the 1950's, which is now located on Davie Avenue. Mr. Davis died in 1991.
Mrs. Davis was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy and the Statesville Woman's Club.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by four children, William Young Davis, Jr. of Kings Mountain, Gay Davis Connolly Suther of Statesville, Harry McLemore Davis (Lisa) of Boone, and Clell Thomas Davis of Lenior.  She is also survived by five grandchildren, James Thomas Connolly, Jr., (Tammy) of Winston-Salem, Neal P. Connolly (Elisa) of Statesville, Carrington Brown (Jason) of Boone, Alison Beal (Andrew) of Wake Forest, and Samantha LeGrand (Cameron) of Concord, along with eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Davis were conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kyle Goodman officiating. The family visited with friends from 1 until 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625, or to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625.
Online condolences can be made to the family at
Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.