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Alberta B. Davis

April 12, 1928 September 25, 2016
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Alberta B. Davis, age 88, died peacefully on Sunday - September 25, 2016 in the Trinity Grove wing, a caring, loving and compassionate "home" at the Baptist Reynolds Hospice House in Collierville, TN.

She was born - April 12, 1928 - in Brunswick, TN to Tommie and Esther (Settles) Becton and was the third of ten children. At an early age Alberta displayed a level of maturity, service and compassion far beyond her natural age as she nourished people around her with love, faith, comfort and security.

After graduating from Barrett's Chapel High School (1945), she briefly attended Lemoyne College and Tennessee A. & I. State University. On October 21, 1948 she graduated from the Superior Poro Beauty School with a Diploma which reads (in part) as

"Alberta Ester Becton has completed a full course of instruction in the treatment of the Scalp and the Culture of the Hair as prescribed by the SUPERIOR PORO BEAUTY SCHOOL, and has passed such examinations as to satisfactorily demonstrate her ability to properly apply the intricate methods thereto. Now, therefore, by virtue of the power vested in us, we have granted this DIPLOMA - with all the privileges attendant thereupon." Signed - Pearl H. Hampton (President).

From 1949 - 1953 she honed, perfected and re-certified her skills through The Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology as she built a strong list of satisfied customers.

In 1950 she united in holy matrimony with Clinton Davis and from that union she gave birth to two sons ... Russell Edward Davis - in 1951 and Gregory George Davis in 1952.

Alberta, her sons Russell and Gregory were among the FIRST families in the (then new) Cleaborn Homes housing complex. In the mid-50s she joined St. John Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. A. McEwen Williams and is among St. John's "legacy members" where she has served in various capacities ... nursery attendant, choir member, teacher, nurse and secretary (Faithful Few Club).

In 1965 Alberta was in the FIRST graduating class of the Memphis Practical Nurse Training Program where she served as Class Chaplain. She began her career with the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department on March 16, 1966 as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Nursing Section. She worked as part of an immunization team at Oates Manor, Dixie Homes, Goodwill Gardens and various school-based clinics. In 1969 her position's responsibilities were expanded to include certain laboratory procedures. In 1980 she transferred to Riverview Clinic where she remained until her retirement in 1990 culminating more than 25 years of loyal and dedicated service to the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County! Since the mid-60s she was affectionately known as "Miss Alberta," "Ain't Bert" and/or "Aunt Bert!"

With her "new found time" Alberta was able to give more of herself in service to others. In the late 1990s a "career shift" opportunity allowed her to work [part-time] for the Transportation Security Administration as a "Pre-Board Screener" at the Memphis International Airport.

Alberta truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, travels, fellowships and giving her time, energy and resources to help others. She will be remembered as a bright, shining light in the various church, social and professional organizations she served!

Alberta was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Willie Leroy Becton, Eddie Becton, sisters Bertha Becton, Irene Williamson and Clarissa Wyatt.

Left to honor Alberta and remember her love are sons Russell Davis, Gregory (Carol) Davis, grandsons Regis Terrell and Eric Manuel, great-grandson Malachi Anderson, sisters Jewell (James) Phillips, Jerri (Troy) Caraway, brothers Charlie Becton, Tommie Earl Becton, many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Special friends - among several "unlimited" persons - include Louise Terry, Thelma Warr, Johnnie Tyler, Algenner (the late Joel) Jackson, Rick (Gail) Williams and Donald "Pookie" Williams.

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Visitation

Tuesday

4

Oct

5:00 PM 10/4/2016 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/4/2016 7:00:00 PM
St. John Baptist Church

640 Vance Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38126

St. John Baptist Church
640 Vance Avenue Memphis 38126 Tennessee
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

5

Oct

10:00 AM 10/5/2016 10:00:00 AM - 10:55 AM 10/5/2016 10:55:00 AM
St. John Baptist Church

640 Vance Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38126

St. John Baptist Church
640 Vance Avenue Memphis 38126 Tennessee
United States

Service

Wednesday

5

Oct

11:00 AM 10/5/2016 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 10/5/2016 12:00:00 PM
St. John Baptist Church

640 Vance Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38126

St. John Baptist Church
640 Vance Avenue Memphis 38126 Tennessee
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

3700 North Germantown Parkway
Bartlett, Tennessee 38133

3700 North Germantown Parkway Bartlett 38133 Tennessee
United States
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