In memory of
Abbie Anita Suddath Davis
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In memory of
Abbie Anita Suddath Davis
Abbie Suddath Davis, 77, of Walnut Cove, North Carolina, died Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness. Abbie was born on February 27, 1939, in Athens, Georgia. She was the daughter of Lovick Pierce (Epp) Suddath and Juanita (Nita) Hearn Suddath. As a girl Abbie competed in equestrian events and showed her family's prize-winning boxer, Kurt, at dog shows. She graduated from Athens High School in 1957. She graduated from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1961, where she studied English literature and history. She served as editor-in-chief of the Salem yearbook, Sights and Insights, in her senior year and was a member of the Order of the Scorpion. While a student at Salem, Abbie met James Edward Becton (Jeb) Davis of Winston-Salem on a blind date and they married following her graduation. They recently celebrated 55 years of marriage. Abbie was an expert amateur arborist who served as a Wilson County Extension Master Gardener volunteer, where she sat on the Treasure Tree Committee. In 1998, she and Jeb relocated to a 73-acre former farm in Walnut Cove. She spent the next 18 years discovering, documenting, and protecting countless species of plants on the property and renovating and building structures and roads to create Hi-Lo, a haven that was enjoyed by multiple generations of her family and many friends. Abbie was a voracious reader and bibliophile who leaves behind an extensive and diverse library and a legacy of raising a family of readers, writers and editors. She was a passionate patron of many local artists whose work she encouraged and collected, especially landscapes of Hi-Lo and the surrounding Sauratown Mountains and Stokes County. In addition to her husband, Abbie is survived by daughter Abigail Blake and husband Anthony of Winston-Salem; daughter Amy Davis and husband Ted Freeman of Atlanta, Georgia; son Becton Davis and wife Kate of London, England; and son Bragg Davis and wife Erin McCulley-Davis of Winston-Salem; grandchildren Audrey Blake, Charlotte Davis, Amelia Davis, James Davis, and Adele Davis; and her brothers, Lovick (Sunny) Suddath of Amelia Island, Florida, and George Suddath of Raleigh, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by a son and daughter, James and Anita Davis; her parents; and her beloved maternal grandmother and namesake, Abbie Sturdivant Hearn. A service in memory of Abbie will be held at Burroughs Funeral Home (1382 Highway 65 West, Walnut Cove) on Monday, October 31, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., with a reception and visitation immediately following the service at Hi-Lo (1243 Good Hope Drive). The family thanks the staff at Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center for their support and care during Abbie's final weeks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Walnut Cove Public Library (106 5th St., Walnut Cove, N.C., 27052), Salem College (601 East Church Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101), or the Piedmont Land Conservancy (P.O. Box 4025, Greensboro, N.C., 27404). Online condolences may be offered at Burroughs Funeral Home of Walnut Cove is serving the Davis family. 1939 - 2016
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