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Obituary: Laura J. Davis, Hope

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Laura Scott Davis, 89, of Hope, died Sunday June 10, 2012, at midnight, at Miller’s Merry Manor at Hope. She was born July 3, 1922, in Shelby County, the firstborn child of Florence Hobbs Scott and Homer Martin Scott.

She married Russell B. Davis during World War ll in Washington, D.C., where they were both serving in the military. They remained married for 66 years until his death in 2009. The couple owned the Dixie Sporting Goods Company in Alexandria, VA, before moving to Murfreesboro, TN, where they became involved with the Tennessee Walking Horse Association.

Laura was a retired rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. She was the proud owner of the 1978 National Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse, Prides Hallelujah.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Linda (Dennis) Herron and Barbara (Ed) Johnson, all of Hope, Susan (Don) Fye, Columbus, Cindy Bennett, Plant City, FL, Diane (Jann) Morse, Crawfordsville, Tom (Barbara) Harreld, Florida, Dave (Carol) Harreld, North Carolina, and Brad (Elizabeth) Harreld, Maryland; and many great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sisters, Mary Thayer of Hope and Joanne Arnold of Plant City, FL; and a brother, Tom Scott of Shelbyville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any animal rescue group of the donor’s choice. Online memorials may be submitted to the family at

In keeping with Laura’s wishes, cremation is planned. Inurnment with military graveside rites will be at a later date at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Hathaway-Myers Chapel on Pearl Street.

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