Margaret Elizabeth Jones Davis, daughter of the late Elder Joseph Spencer Jones II and Mrs. Ruth Annie Eichelberger Jones, was born December 14, 1926, in Columbus, Ohio. At an early age she became a member of St. Peter Baptist Church in Irmo, South Carolina. She would later become a member of Huspah Missionary Baptist Church in Hampton, South Carolina.
Margaret graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Columbia, South Carolina in 1944. She matriculated to South Carolina State College, from which she graduated in 1948 with high honors (cum laude), earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Not only did she earn a degree from South Carolina State, she met her future husband – she was employed at the College after graduation and he was assigned to the Army ROTC Bulldog Battalion. On June 4, 1955 she was joined in holy matrimony with Henry Louis Davis.
Margaret had a lifelong career as an administrative professional at South Carolina State College and later South Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and the 33rd Field Hospital in Würzburg, Germany. Throughout her lifetime, she also worked tirelessly in a variety of capacities as a volunteer for her church home, as well as other organizations. As a member of Huspah Missionary Baptist Church, she served as a deaconess, the keeper of membership and financial records, member of the trustee board, member of the Women’s Missionary Society, and, chairwoman of the Women’s Day Program.
She served as the President of Protestant Women of the Chapel at Redstone Arsenal, journalist for the Officer’s Wives’ Club newspaper at Ft. Knox, area cookie chairperson and area treasurer for the Kentuckiana Girl Scout Council, and, as a member of the Community Dependent Advisory Board at Leighton Barracks in Würzburg, Germany. She was the recipient of the Department of the Army Certificate of Achievement, the Commanding General’s Distinguished Community Service Award, and, the Kentuckiana Girl Scout Council Certificate of Council Recognition for Leadership and Service. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she served as the basileus (president), grammateus (secretary), and Ivy Leaf reporter and historian of the Beta Zeta Omega Chapter in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Margaret was a devoted mother and grandmother, and strongly believed that children should have a special day set aside for them in the same way that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are observed. Beginning in 1993, she wrote a series of letters in this regard, and received favorable responses from Hallmark Cards and Bill Clinton, President of the United States.
On May 22, 2020, Margaret was called home to eternal rest. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, her parents, and, her brothers Wilbur G. Jones, Joseph S. Jones III, and James A. Jones. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters Jacqueline Davis Belton, Patricia Davis Spann, and Marcia Davis Taylor; her sons-in-law David E. Belton, Samuel Spann, III, and Henry L. Taylor; her grandchildren David E. Belton II, Kendrick M. Taylor, Spencer H. Taylor, Amanda E. Belton, Sean P. Taylor, Imani J. Belton, Lindsey M. Spann, and Tyler S. Spann; as well as a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and other friends.
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