Stillwater News Press


March 6, 2014

Vernona Ellen Davis

Vernona Ellen Davis, 66, of Perry, was born on March 13, 1947, in Enid.  She was the daughter of Alfred Raymond and Ruby Bell (Swope) Graves.  Vernona passed away on March 5 at her residence in Perry after a long battle with cancer.

She attended elementary school and high school in Billings. She then went on to attend Central State University and Enid Cosmetology School.

Vernona met and married her best friend and sweetheart, Jimmy Allen Davis, on June 4, 1966, at the Antelope Valley Church in Billings.    

She spent many years volunteering for the children’s programs with DHS, the United Fund and Relay for Life.

Vernona worked in the banking industry for more than 30 years. After retirement, she decided to take a part-time position at Brown-Dugger Funeral Home where she had the opportunity to continue helping others.

She enjoyed reading, shopping with her daughter and granddaughters, attending all of her grandchildren’s activities, helping others and feeding her family. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a wonderful friend to all that knew her. Vernona could bring a smile to anyone’s face just with her gentle words.

She was a member of the Tip in Club, Quarterback Club and the Relay for Life Teams “MeMe” and “The Mama’s and the Papa’s.”

Vernona was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was active in the choir and could be found volunteering in the nursery, helping with bible school or cooking food. She was a member of the volunteer cooking staff each summer for the Falls Creek Church Camp.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Monday at the First Baptist Church in Perry. Rev. Bobby Lee will officiate and Brother Aaron Summers will assist. Interment will be in Grace Hill Cemetery in Perry. Services are under the direction of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, former owners, Richard and Tammy Dugger.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Sunday at Brown-Dugger Funeral Home in Perry.

Memorials can be made to the John Devine Hall Accessibility Fund in care of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, 1010 N 7th, Perry, OK 73077.

Vernona is survived by her husband, Jim of the home; one son, Jeffery Todd Davis and his wife, Lori of Perry; one daughter, Steffani Belle Davis Richards of Perry; six grandchildren, Aspyn Payge Davis Ward and her husband, Rusty of Perry, Karstyn Kayde Davis of Calumet, Mikenzi Belle Richards, Taylor McLarty, Cooper Davis Richards and Morgan McLarty all of Perry; one great-grandchild, Keagan Ward of Perry; one brother, Jack Graves and his wife, Pat of Corona, Calif.; one sister, Patsy Chapman of Enid.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Ruby Graves, father-in-law, F.T. “Jack” Davis; grandson, Brendon McLarty; brother, Ralph Graves; brother-in-law, Bill Chapman; sister-in-law, Jerri Graves

Online condolences can be sent to the family by using the online guest book at

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