Iva “Ivy” Lavena Davis

April 20, 1927 - October 20, 2016

Iva “Ivy” Lavena Davis, 89, died Oct. 20, 2016, in Rusk. A Celebration of Life was held Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at Hilliard Funeral Home in Van with the Rev. William Wilkinson offi ciating. Interment was in Union Chapel Cemetery in Smith County. Mrs. Davis was born April 20, 1927, in Edom to the late Lonnie Allen and Lela Luce Allen. In earlier years, she was a preacher and worked in the meat department at Weingarten’s. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Ray Davis; and siblings, Eunice Davis, Wilburn Allen, Elmur Allen, Truman Allen, Troy Allen and Lloyd Allen. Survivors include her children, Nell Prewitt, Gene Gunnels, Sue Gunnels, David Gunnels, Teresa Wall and Franklin Byrd; sisters, Thelma Easter of Gatesville and Pearl Gilbert; brother, Floyd Allen; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

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