Nealie JoAnn Pope Davis

Nealie JoAnn Pope Davis

May 20, 2021, 83, Goldsboro –

Nealie JoAnn Pope Davis, 83, was embraced by the everlasting arms of her Savior as her faith became sight on Thursday, May, 20, 2021. JoAnn was born in Johnston County to the late Herman and Nealie Mitchell Pope on January 22, 1938. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of almost 61 years, Ken Davis; her granddaughter, Elizabeth Morgan; sisters, Inez Stone and Rachel Watkins; and brother, William Pope.

Caring for her home alongside her husband, Ken, the two raised their daughters in a loving, Christian home. Always actively involved with her church, First Baptist Church, others saw Jesus through her generosity and service to her Lord. The attributes that she possessed were passed down to her daughters and were a great example to everyone who knew her. JoAnn’s service to her community was always important as a member of the New Hope Ruritan Club.

The love JoAnn had for her family was exemplified in her care for each of them. Doting on each one as if they were the only one, she was the best wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and matriarch of her clan. Her family knew that she was available, no matter the need or time of day, and each relied on her strength and concern for them.

Around the home, JoAnn could often be found in her kitchen or yard. A chance to sit around her table and dine was a welcomed event for those in her family. Her yard was always well manicured as she enjoyed the solitude of nature.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate JoAnn’s life at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel with Dr. Glenn Phillips officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

JoAnn is survived by her daughters, Donna Davis Dixon and husband Andy of Snow Hill and Dianne Davis Greene and husband Steve of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Jonathan Lee Greene and wife Kristen and Christina Leigh Crouch and husband Christian; great-grandson, Theodore Davis Greene; and sisters-in-law, Joyce Pope of Goldsboro, Mary Ruth Davis of Kenly, and Velma Davis of Wilson.

Flowers are welcome or memorial may be given in her memory to First Baptist Church, 125 S. John Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530.

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