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Mrs. Janis “Tarpy” Davis, 79, of Woodbine passed away to Heaven on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at Hospice Savannah in Savannah after a long illness.

Mrs. Davis was born in Brunswick on March 19, 1937. She is the daughter of the late Gertrude Liles and Riley Harrell Sr. Tarpy was a dedicated volunteer and member of the Old Woodbine School Renovation Committee where she served as secretary. She had a passion for the old school and her alumni friends.

She was a Camden County High School graduate in 1955. She was Camden County High School’s first homecoming queen. Later, she was a dedicated secretarial employee of the National Park Service for Cumberland Island with more than 20 years of service and enjoyed the rich history of the island.

She was associated with the Kingsland First Baptist Church’s outreach program. She was a fun-loving, hardworking and caring lady. She will be greatly missed by both family and friends alike.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her sons, Kelly Davis of Gainesville, Chris and his wife Tracy Davis of Rincon and Jim Davis of Newton Falls, Ohio; her sister, Joann Flanagan of Woodbine; and her four grandchildren, Joshua, Hannah, Rebekah and Jacob Davis. 

Along with her parents, Mrs. Davis joins her sister, Jeanne Harrell Clark, and her brother, Riley Harrell Jr. in Heaven.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be held graveside at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Homeward Cemetery in Waverly with Brothers Terry Brown and Carlos Jones presiding. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark, Robert and Jeff Flanagan, Lee Harrell, Mike Scott, Martin Gillette, Randall Parr, George “Docky” Blake and Roosevelt Butler.

The family requests that any memorial contributions in Mrs. Davis’ honor be made to The Old Woodbine School, P.O. Box 372, Woodbine, GA 31569.

Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland is entrusted with Mrs. Davis’s arrangements.

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