Mrs. Ethel L. Davis passed away on May 7, 2013. She was born July 31, 1937 to the late Ben H. and Ruby Grant in Texarkana, Ark. She completed her college education at AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) earning a B.S. degree in Mathematics and later earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a concentration in mathematics. She made history in Pine Bluff as the first African American to be hired to teach at Dollarway High School. Her teaching career that spanned over thirty years ended with her retirement from Pine Bluff High School in 1996. Her mastery of her subject matter was without question as she had the privilege of writing math questions for the ACT test during her tenure at Pine Bluff High School.
She became an avid golfer after retirement and enjoyed spending time on the golf course up until she became ill. She was a member of several education associations and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. For twenty one years she served as the First Lady of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Lawrence A. Davis, Jr.; daughter, Sonya Cole (Kenneth) of Pine Bluff; son, Lawrence A. Davis, III (Rosaland) of Little Rock; two sisters, Alsenior Davis of Matteson, Ill.; Ruby Crittenden of Port Huron, Mich.; two brothers, Harvey Grant of St. Louis, Mo.; Tavis Grant of Chicago, Ill.; four granddaughters; five grandsons; and one great-grandson. She is preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine Davis Harvey.
Funeral services will be Wednesday May 15, 2013, 11 a.m. at Pilgrim MB Church in Pine Bluff by Rev. John Montgomery. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Memorial Garden, Pine Bluff by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
Family Hour/Visitation is Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until service time.
Online Register: www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.