March 30, 1915 ~ August 8, 2003

Born in: Swain County, NC,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Ethel Ann Barker Davis, 88, of 298 Justice Ridge Road, Candler, died Friday, August 8, 2003, at her home. A daughter of the late Arthur W. and Minnie Lindsay Barker, she was born in Swain County and raised near Bryson City. She had a special interest in and love of children and furthered her education at Southwestern Technical College in the area of childcare development. She worked for a number of years in daycare centers. Mrs. Davis moved to Buncombe County in 1984 and was a member of West Asheville Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Virgil, Verlis, Stanley and Edgar Barker and by two sisters, Annie Belle Green and Vonnie Barker. Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Davis of Candler; three sisters, Bertie B. Fox of Atlanta, Velva Barker of Candler and Oralee B. Stuart of Charlotte; special friends, Vivian Hartsoe and Morgan Keyes. Graveside services will be 3:30 pm Sunday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with the Revs. Dr. James Johnson, Ken Lewis and Larry Barker officiating. Her family will receive friends from 7:00- 8:00 pm Saturday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Asheville Baptist Church, Attn: Kathy Dowdle/Daycare Center, 926 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the family on the loss of Ethel. She was a wonderfull lady that made a special place in my heart and made the world a better place just by her presence.

  2. Dear Debbie,
    I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Ethel’s passing. I wanted to come to the visitation and funeral, but unfortunately Danny had to go to Chicago and I would have had to travel alone in my old car. It is a terrible thing to lose your mother. There is a feeling of loneliness that no one can understand, but someone who has experienced the same loss. Your memories of your mother will always be there to comfort you when you are feeling down. Like it has been said, your loved ones still live in your heart. I always loved to visit you and ‘the girls’ growing up. Your mother always made me smile. Her personality was so sweet and calm. Her patience was incredible, nothing ever seemed to upset her. She just took everything in stride. I remember one time we were visiting and during the visit, she was telling me a story about grandmama’s spinning wheel. As we were standing there, a huge bug was crawling across the floor. Thinking that we should get the broom or a shoe to kill it, your mother calmly said, ‘Well, golly, there goes a bug.’ We sat there and watched until the bug was gone. It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever witnessed. She wasn’t upset at all. Her attitude was that it was a creature just passing through. I loved to talk to her about her cookbook that she was always working on and the battle of the letters to the editor. There was so much beneath the surface that many did not get to see. I loved her dearly and will miss her. Just knowing that she was up there in the mountains always made me feel good. I will pray for you and hopefully we will all get together soon. If I can do anything for you, please let me know.
    With Love,

  3. I’m very sorry for your loss , it’s truly a sad day when we loose someone as precious as our mothers. My heart goes out to the ones left behind,but remember she is not gone as long as we keep her in our hearts and in our mind. God Bless


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