Vilene M. Davis

Vilene M. Davis, 82, of Pocola died Monday, May 5, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark.Vilene was born May 7, 1931, in Murry Spur to Malty Bob and Julia (Stanfill) Martin. Vilene graduated from Pocola High School in 1949 where she was an outstanding basketball player. She turned down an offer to play for the All-American Redheads traveling team to marry her high school sweetheart, Claud Davis. They were married for 59 years before Claud passed away in 2009. She graduated from Carl Albert State College and Northeastern State University with degrees in English and library science in 1968. She taught at Pocola High School for 31 years and sponsored many student organizations, including student council and National Honor Society. Vilene loved her school and kept records of its history. She also loved her church home, First Baptist in Pocola and served faithfully as pianist, Sunday School teacher and volunteered as needed. She enjoyed her Sunday School class and rarely missed being there. Vilene was proudest of her children, all four of whom followed in her footsteps becoming lifelong educators. The family would like to thank her special caregivers: Lou, Susie, Kim, Leah, Grace and Peachtree Hospice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claud; her parents; son, Nelson Davis; two brothers and three sisters.Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Debbie Davis of Pocola, Gary and Sharon Davis of North Little Rock, Ark.; daughter and son-in-law, Carol Ann and Lance Ford of Heavener; four grandchildren, Adam Davis of Maumelle, Ark., Barrett and Janell Davis of North Little Rock, Julianne Ford and Nicholas Ford of Heavener; great-granddaughter, Olivia Davis; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.Services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, at First Baptist Church in Pocola with Dr. Daniel Clark officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery, Pocola. Pallbearers will be Eddie Coleman, Larry Sockey, Adam Davis, Barrett Davis, Nicholas Ford and George A. Davis.The family will visit with relatives and friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Evans and Miller Funeral Home in Pocola.