Former Tyler resident Ina Stanfill Davidson, 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Woodstock, Ga., where she and her husband, Jack, had moved a few years ago to be close to their daughter, Nancy Davidson Bowling. She was born Dec. 5, 1926, to Nannie Davenport Stanfill and Preston Stanfill of Harlan County, Ky. Ina attended Franklin College in Indianapolis, Ind., where she met Jack Davidson, whom she married in 1948. Ina graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and math and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. While living in Tyler, she returned to school and received a Masters in Art from The University of Texas at Tyler. An accomplished artist, her paintings were shown in numerous juried shows.
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She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother known for her sweet and loving personality. Her husband's career took them to several cities. including Oak Ridge, Tenn., Manatee County, Fla., Austin and Tyler, and she became involved as a volunteer in each community. In Tyler, she was an active member of Marvin United Methodist Church, president of PEO, a member of the Woman's Forum and the Symphony League. She also served on the board of directors of the Red Cross for several years. She traveled widely and served as the president of Sister Cities. She was a loyal member of the "Ruffians" and rarely missed a chance to be with her beloved mah jongg group.
She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Dr. Jack L. Davidson, former Tyler ISD school superintendent; sister, Doris Pulley, of Hawaii; brother, Kenneth Stanfill, of Powell, Ohio; daughter, Nancy Davidson Bowling and her husband Clint Bowling, of Woodstock, Ga.; son, Evan Davidson and his wife Cheryl, of Grapevine; daughter-in-law, Susan Davidson and her husband Jeff Talmadge, of Roswell, Ga. She is also survived by the grandchildren she adored, Ryan Davidson, Colin Davidson and his wife Stephanie, Erin Davidson, all of Austin, David Bowling and his wife Mendy, of Snellville, Ga., Adam Bowling and his wife Sara. of Ball Ground, Ga., Steven Bowling and his wife Cindy, of Buford, Ga., Matthew Davidson and his wife Ashlie, of Fort Campbell, Ky.; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her first-born son, Dr. William Davidson, of Austin; and sister, Glenna Caudell, of Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tyler chapter of The Red Cross or The Salvation Army.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 19, 2014, in Woodstock, Ga., at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Funeral Home, 121 Claremore Drive, Woodstock, Ga., 30188 (770-293-2757). Interment following in Georgia National Cemetery, 2025 Mount Carmel Church Lane, Canton, Ga., 30114 (770-479-9300).
A celebration of her life for her close friends will be held in Tyler during the summer. Arrangements are pending.
Lakeside Funeral Home - Woodstock
121 Claremore Drive
Woodstock, GA 30188
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 16, 2014