CARMI, Ill. — Graveside funeral services for Verla Davis, 66, of Carmi, Ill., were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Martin Cemetery near Oakland City.

She passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at Phoenix Rehabilitation and Nursing from brain cancer.

She was born Dec. 21, 1942, in Maunie, Ill., daughter of Rev. Martin and Mildred Arlene (Tower) Holtzclaw.

She married Henry Dwight Davis Aug. 12, 1960, in New Haven, Ill. He preceded her in death Oct. 3, 2000.


She was a certified nursing aide, past president and lifetime member of Carmi VFW Post Ladies Auxiliary and a lifetime member of Carmi American Legion Post. She attended First Apostolic Church of New Haven.

Surviving are a daughter, Stephanie (Rick) Campbell of Carmi; son Frank Davis of Enfield, Ill., and his girlfriend Toni Lydick; three brothers, Max (Rosemary) Holtzclaw of Mooresville, Rev. Roy (Joyce) Holtzclaw of Maunie, Andrew (Lorna) Holtzclaw of Carmi; three sisters, Margaret Stover of Norris City, Ill., Martha Sue (Dewey) Glore of Indianapolis, June (Karl) Hamann of Pasco. Wash.; granddaughters Sierra Beasley of Carmi and Makenzie Davis of Evansville; brothers-in-law Mark Davis of Petersburg, Wilby Watts of Herald, Ill., sisters-in-law, Pat Holtzclaw and Garnet Abell of Carmi, Sonya (Bob) Mobley of Herald, Ill., and Lana (Bill) Meyerholtz of Texas; many nieces and nephews, including Andrea and Drew Howe of Princeton and Justin, Matthew and Greg Davis and Abram Coleman of Petersburg.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, three infant siblings, her brother Rev. Lloyd “Sonny” Holtzclaw, sister Wanda Randolph; a nephew, Ricky Paul Stover and sister-in-law, Joan Watts