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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 12:00 am

ODESSA Cecile Lanelle “Nell” Davis, 86, passed away Monday, October 29, 2007, after a lengthy illness.

Nell was born March 28, 1921, to Uta and Cecil Bateman in Smith County near Overton. She married Edgar Nolan “Bingo” Davis on June 11, 1938, and he preceded her in death on April 2, 1991, after 53 years of marriage.

Nell is also preceded in death by her brother, Charles Claudell “Sonny” Bateman of Lindale, and her sister, June Wade of Lake Charles, La.

She is survived by her three children: son, Don Davis and his wife, Wanda of Odessa, son, Dave Davis of Odessa, and her daughter, Charlotte Davis McCarroll and her husband, John of Oklahoma City; her sister, Darlene Starkey of Grand Prairie; and two sisters-in-law, Olene Bateman of Lindale and Evelyn Davis of Overton.

Nell, “Nana,” is survived by seven grandchildren: Donnie Davis and his wife, Marsha of Odessa; Darren Davis of Arlington; Ashley McCarroll Ferry and her husband, Don of Arlington; Jeremy McCarroll and his wife, Martha of Georgetown; Rachel Davis of St. Louis, Mo.; Patrick Davis and his wife, Tammy of Arlington; and Preston Davis of Arlington. Her four great-grandchildren are: Garrett Davis, Grant Ferry, and Evan and Edie McCarroll. She was known as “Auntie Nell” to her 10 nieces, nephews, and their children and grandchildren.

She is also survived by her longtime, best friend Bill Bagley of Odessa.

Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home. Graveside services are set for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2007, at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Rev. Michael Mueller of Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord officiating.

Nell loved her family, friends, and living in West Texas. She lived her life with enthusiasm and was known and appreciated as a great cook and a great friend. In her younger years she loved traveling, dancing, driving fast, riding horseback, arranging flowers, and sewing. She enjoyed being a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In her later years she was an avid reader and collected books and cookbooks. She had been a member of Trinity Baptist Church in south Odessa and later was a member of Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord. Nell was strong-willed and determined, always convinced that she could do anything she “set her mind to.” She died the way she always said she wanted to: peacefully, in her sleep, without pain or struggle.

She lived her last few months in Glory Catchings’ Adult Private Home with the tender care of its dedicated nursing team, her family and her best friend, Bill. Memorial donations may be made to Home Hospice or Hospice House of Odessa.

Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.

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