Mrs. Petunia Davis was born on June 5, 1930, in Maplesville, Alabama, to the late Mavarene and Matthew Wilson. Her parents gave her the perfect name, “Petunia,” the sweetest and prettiest flower that God created.
She attended the public school system in Maplesville and was an outstanding basketball player in high school.
Petunia later married Ervin Davis, Jr., in 1947. They raised their eight children by working tirelessly to provide opportunities for them. Petunia’s family moved to Linden, New Jersey, in 1961, where she worked for Romerovski Brothers in Roselle Park, New Jersey, and Towne Cleaners in Roselle, until she returned to Maplesville, Alabama, in 1995.
Despite her large family, Petunia always showed love and support and made time for everyone, including her extended family and friends. She was the best mother, grandmother, sister, and great-grandmother anyone could ask for. She was a great cook and baker who always made special dishes for her family, including desserts. Petunia’s sense of humor was priceless. Anytime her children felt sick or down, she had homemade remedies that made everything okay.
Petunia passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of ninety-two. We thank you, Heavenly Father, for her long life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Davis, Jr.; three sons, Bennie, Jimmie, and Wayne; daughter, Debra- Ann; granddaughter, Quatha; great-grandson, SeVaun; two brothers, Mac and Morris; and two sisters, Lillie and Evelyn.
Petunia leaves to cherish loving memories: four daughters, Edna, Elaine, Sandranette (Waverly), and Sharron; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Warrene Chaney and Joyce Brooks (Lewis); brothers, Samuel (Linda), Hosea, Marvin (Sarah), and Marion; two sisters-in-law, Rosie Lee Wilson and Maggie Wilson; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.