Obituary-Susan Andress Davis
Published 2:30 pm Thursday, October 19, 2023
Susan Andress Davis
Susan Andress Davis, 66, a resident of Rutledge, passed away after a prolonged illness at Baptist Medical Center South on Friday, October 13. Funeral services for Susan were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, October, at Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Jones and Rev. Travis Kidd officiating. Interment followed in Rutledge Cemetery with Turner’s Funeral Home directing.
Susan spent 33 years working with the Anderson Peanut Company before moving on to do what she did best, taking care of others. There was truly nothing Susan more than looking after people, whether they were her own family or others, she was just a born nurturer. Susan was the rock her family was built upon and she was always a safe shelter during the storms of their lives, and not just to her own child and grandchildren, but for her siblings, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. She was the matriarch of her family and gloried in the path God led her to. Susan simply exuded love and kindness with a natural empathy for what others were going through. Is it any wonder she was so special to every single person who knew and loved her? Her smile could light up even their darkest days and that meant more than anything in the world to all of them. She spent the last few years sharing her love and kindness with others who needed help, including many who were on their own and needed help during their own difficult days of advanced age or sickness. We should all be so fortunate to have someone like Susan to look out for us during times like that and the world will miss her warmth, generosity, and compassion.
You could bet Susan had the cleanest and best kept house around. She took tremendous pride in taking care of her home, and her door was always open. She loved hosting the family for Easter every year. They had an open invite to come hunt Easter eggs and eat! You better believe they ate well too! Susan was a phenomenal cook and everything that came out of her kitchen was going to taste divine. Many were partial to her chicken and rice, but where she really shined were her vegetables. Never take for granted someone who can make vegetables not only taste good, but become a favorite of both adults and children because that’s a gift straight from God!
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Susan wasn’t much for idle hobbies, but she did love going for rides on their ATVs with family and friends to explore the gorgeous countryside and revel in the beauty God made. And she believed it was all a precious gift from God because her faith was strong. Baptized into the Baptist faith when she was younger, she was a devoted member of Free Will Baptist Church and loved few things more than spending time in fellowship with her church family. They were as precious to her as her own family, who she would rather spend time with than her family. Born in the middle of seven children, Susan was extremely close with her siblings and never failed to treat her nieces and nephews like her own. They all made a lifetime of beautiful memories together so she will continue to live on in their hearts and minds for many more years to come. Words cannot express how much she will be missed, but they find comfort in the knowledge that she is now wrapped in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Hugh & Nellie Ruth Kilpatrick Andress, and siblings, Pete Andress, Travis Andress, Mary Reeves, and Margie Ruth Best. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Jerry Ford Davis; their beloved daughter, Pamela Davis (Jasper Holley); grandchildren, Katelyn Furr and Hunter Holley; sisters, Martha Phillips & Carolyn (Dewayne) Culliver; sister-in-law, Sara Andress; brother-in-law, Randall Best; and a host of adored nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
Active pallbearers were Erik Stephens, Tony Pettus, Jasper Holley, Hunter Holley, Chad Davis, Chris Reeves, Jeffrey Jeffcoat, and Junior Parrish.
The family requests that any memorial donations be made to Susan’s cherished church, Free Will Baptist.