Banner Photograph
Davis Dairy, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee on Wildwood.
Taken by Judith Richards Shubert, September 28, 2005, Copyright

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Honoring One of our Own on this Memorial Day 2009 - William Spence Davis, Sr.

Sgt William Spence Davis Sr WWI 1917 Loudon TNSgt. William Spence Davis
October 16, 1917 - June 20, 1919
United States Army

Pvt Lcl June 2 1918, Corp July 18 1918, Sgt Sep 7 1918. Overseas service from July 3, 1918 to June 14, 1919. Discharged on Jun 20 1919 with no disability. Address at enlistment RFD 2, Greenback Tennessee. Inducted at Loudon, Loudon County, Tennessee on Oct 16 1917.
Place of birth Sevier County, Tennessee.

William Spence Davis Sr WWI 1917 age 22William Spence Davis
Born March 24, 1895 in Sevier County, Tennessee
Died December 17, 1976 Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee


A young Spence appears with his family in the banner on my blog Genealogy Traces; in the 3rd picture from the left, he is standing behind his mother, Elizabeth Anne. The same picture appears below.

James Pinkney Davis and Anne Burns Davis with childrenJames Pinkney Davis Family
In the photo from the left are:
Elizabeth Anne Burns Davis, William Spence, Alvin, Nora,
father James Pinkney "Pink" Davis, Louis, Ethel, and Baby Lessie.

Approximately a year and a half after being discharged from the Army, Spence married Leola Hitch of Ducktown, Tennessee, in September of 1920. He was married a second time to Mary Sue Delozier of Blount County in June of 1936. His children are William Spence Davis, Jr., Marilee Davis Shubert, and Suzanne Hampton Davis Kerr.

I have previously written about Spence in the article Spence with His Oliver 66 found here and on my blog, Genealogy Traces. He is my husband's grandfather. There are many veterans found in our family, as there are in most readers' ancestry, but I have chosen to honor Spence this Memorial Day 2009 because he was a very special man. He served his country well and came home with an honorable discharge. Until he met and married his second wife, Mary Sue Delozier, Spence cared for his two oldest children with only the help of a nanny while working fulltime. He and Mary Sue worked very hard and were prosperous dairy farmers in Maryville. They were both teachers, as well.

My husband's father, Ray Allen Shubert, tells of Spence and Mary Sue in an interview during the 1990s:
Spence Davis, went to the Bill Jones School in Sevier County - a "Normal School" as it was called - took a state exam to become a school teacher. He was a good ball player and we have a couple of pictures of him with his team. He taught grade school in Monroe. While teaching he took a job in the Sweetwater post office during the Summer. Then he went to the Knoxville post office. Spence got full custody of Marilee and Junior when he divorced from their mother, Leola. After Leola left, he hired a nanny to look after the children. They called her "Aunt Tilly" - she was as broad as she was tall. Soon she told Spence that the kids were so big she couldn't handle them any longer and he needed to find a wife!" Marilee was a student of McCampbill School where Mary Sue Delozier taught. Spence and the kids lived on Valley View Road in Knoxville.

Suzanne Hampton Davis was born to Spence and Mary Sue in 1942. The Delozier's were prominent farmers in Blount County. Mary Sue taught at Wildwood High School where Marilee, Junior and Suzanne all attended. Suzanne and Marilee were cheerleaders, at different times, of course. Marilee and Mary Sue were pregnant with their first child at the same time. When Suzanne was a few months old, Marilee and Ray went into the post office where Spence worked. She remembered one of the clerks looked over her glasses at her and then called out, "Mr. Davis, your OLDER daughter is here!"


William Spence Davis Sr WWI Draft Registration Card
William Spence Davis
World War I Draft Registration Card
(accessed Ancestry.com 2009)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tabler's "Appalachian History" is a Great Blog

Cade's Cove Methodist Church Tennessee Smoky Mtn National Park


Cade's Cove Methodist Church
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Cade's Cove, Tennessee



Dave Tabler began blogging about Appalachian History about 13 years ago. He has put an enormous amount of work into this blog as he strives to write a 400-500 word article every day, Monday through Friday. His work takes the form of articles, extracts, pictures, interviews, and audio samples.

"The Appalachia covers a vast expanse of area: It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states." Our beautiful Tennessee falls within that area. You can read Mr. Tabler's interesting blog by clicking on this link: Appalachian History. I'm sure he'd love to hear your comments. You can also read his interview on the History Nexus site. You'll learn all manner of neat things about our Appalachian expert.

I want to post an addition to the above two paragraphs. Dave left a comment after seeing my post and I thought everyone might not see it. He wrote:

Judith, thanks so much for all that enthusiasm! I do want to point out that, while I started my journey into the world of Appalachian history 13 years ago in the form of helping my dad edit his memoirs, the Appalachian History blog itself only dates back to December of 2006.

And boy, what an eye opener it's been digging up all this stuff. Truth really IS stranger than fiction.
So, I wanted to correct my statement on how long the blog had been online and apologize to Mr. Tabler. Thanks for stopping by.

Photograph taken by Judith Richards Shubert (c) October 2005

Monday, May 11, 2009

2009 Friendly Blogger Award from Harriet


Harriet, author of Genealogy Fun has sent me this very cute award! Thanks so much. I'll pass it on to seven more friendly bloggers.

And my good friend, Robin, the "Wolfhuntress", at Where I Come From has also passed this award on to me. I'm very grateful to them both.

Sheila at A Postcard a Day
Family Attic at Attic Treasures
Kay at Camp Across Texas w/ Skip and Kay
Alana at A Twig in My Tree
Eddy at D'HIER A AUJOURD'HUI
Marie at Cpaphil Vintage Postcards
Michelle at If you can color you can meditate

Have a wonderful week and "be friendly to another blogger!"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Thanks, Becky, for "One Lovely Blog Award"


I was very pleased to find this beautiful award in my mailbox last night. My good friend, Becky Jamison, author of Grace and Glory, has bestowed Tennessee Memories with this honor. She had some of the sweetest things to say about my blog and I'm so pleased that she thought of me. She described the award button as custom made for her tastes. I agree. It reminds me of home and warmth and love.

I'd like to pass "One Lovely Blog Award" on to seven beautiful blogs and their exceptional authors. When you receive yours I hope you will take the time to read some new blogs or revisit some of your favorites. Then as Diana Ritchie at Random Relatives says, "The instructions are quite simple - just to nominate 7 other blogs. Well, it SOUNDS simple, but looking over all the creativity we have out there, wow, how to pick only 7!"

Betsy at My Five Men
Mim at Auntie Mim's
Janice at Missisippi Memories
Marie at Cpaphil Vintage Postcards
Vanna at Delusions of Grandeur
Harriet at Genealogy Fun
Kay at Kay B's Place

Congratulations to all recipients everywhere of "One Lovely Blog Award"!
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