“The eternal God is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27
The Lord gives and He takes away, so blessed be the name of the Lord.
On July 8, 1938 the home of Jess and Sadie Wolfe Davis was blessed with another daughter Jewel Lawana Davis whom they called Lawana. Born in Surry County Lawana lived on a tobacco farm with her parents and siblings. On Tuesday December 22, 2020 at 4:12 am, the home, Church and community was saddened to hear of the passing of Lawana, making her earthly journey of 82 years 4 months and 14 days.
Other than her parents Jess and Sadie Davis she was also preceded in death by two sisters Betsy Whitaker and Virginia Mosley, two brothers Morris Davis and Jimmy Davis.
Jesus needed another precious soul out of our garden of love. Took it away to the city of God name of the angels above.
On February 10, 1973 Lawana was happily married to Floyd Ray Murphy at Little Pine Church of the Brethren. They were married for 48 years. Lawana moved her membership from Banner Baptist Church to Little Pine Brethren Church on June 1973 where she remained a loyal member until her passing.
Lawana is survived by her husband Floyd Murphy of the home, three daughters and spouses: Annette and Jim Hale of Belmont, Christy Murphy, and Tracie and Frank Woodruff of Ennice. One Son and spouse Rodney and Tyra Badgett of Pilot Mountain along with ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren and host of nieces and nephews, friends and relatives to mourn her passing.
After Lawana was married she moved to Alleghany County from Surry County. She worked at Baldwins Clothing Store in Mount Airy, Coca Cola plant at the shoe factory in Sparta and Smitheys Clothing Store in Sparta. She always dressed to a T and loved going to New York as a buyer for the retail stores she worked for. She was also involved in her community, her church and the men and women’s fellowship. Lawana was very active in the PTA at Glade Creek School and was president for several years. Lawana was a big supporter of the Heart Fund Association. In her retirement years she joined the Red Hat Club of Galax which she enjoyed a great deal and gained very meaningful friendships.
Lawana loved gardening, flowers, being with her family, grandchildren and her Church family. She loved her grandchildren more than anything. Her favorite holiday was Thanksgiving. She was an excellent cook, loving wife and mother.
She was diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease 8 years ago. Lawana bore her afflictions with much patience. She was a person who was the same every time you saw her and tried to hold onto the unchanging hand.
Lawana believed what Paul said “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
The home will be different now, her life is just a memory, but those memories are to be cherished in the hearts and minds of the family and friends.
A heart of gold stopped beating
Two sparkling eyes went to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.
The memory of those happy days
When we were all together
Your gentle smile and cheerful ways
Will live in our hearts forever.
At the gateway she’ll be waiting
When her loved ones passes through.
She will see them as they enter
Family and Friends shall I look for you?
Written by one of her best friends : Joann Sheets per family request
Funeral Services to honor the life of Lawana will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, December 26th, 2020 at Little Pine Church of the Brethren with Pastor Dale Baugus and Pastor Eddie Wooten officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and other times at the residence.
If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Little Pine Church of the Brethren Cemetery Fund, PO Box 34, Ennice, NC 28623.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we ask that everyone attending visitation and services to please bring and wear a mask.
Thomas Family Funeral Service is honored to be serving the Murphy Family. If you wish, online tributes may be extended to the family at www.thomasfamilyfs.com.
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Little Pine Church of the Brethren Cemetery Fund
PO Box 34, Ennice NC 28623