Rosella “Rose” Marie Davis Obituary

Rosella “Rose” Marie Davis was effervescence personified, filled with spirit, relentless energy, a desire to know everything about life, love and happiness. When she passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 18, the world became a much less joyful place. She was 67 years old. Rose was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on November 19, 1954, to Mary and William E. Davis Jr. She was the fifth of their seven children, but mothered them all, especially her brothers, William III, Ronald, Stanford, Stephen and Theodore. Her older sister, Sylvia, preceded her in death. In 1975, Rose married Larry Ellis Sr., a union that lasted 17 years. The greatest joys of his life were their two sons, Larry Darnell Ellis Jr. and Lloyd Prentice Ellis. Larry, a brilliant mathematician, was a gentle and loving bear, loved and admired by all who met him. In 2012, after a brief illness, he was called home by the angels of God, leaving a huge hole in Rose’s heart. Over the next decade, she devoted herself even more to her youngest son, Lloyd, an acclaimed sound engineer and production manager, and his wife, Caroline, and two children, Claire Darnella Ellis and Baine Anthony Duncan. . Rose quoted scripture often, sharing her love for the Bible, and reminding them that she was never more than a phone call or text away. She wanted others to know that her hope was in the Lord. After graduating from Bearden High School in 1972, Rose moved to Minneapolis, where she earned an associate of arts degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota. Her older brother, known to his siblings as Edward, helped her find a job at Northwestern Bell, in the same building where he worked. Most of his professional career stems from that first job with the telephone company. From 1988 to 2008, she held various leadership positions for US West, Northwestern Bell and QWest, including corporate trainer, mentor and sales manager. Her enthusiasm, intelligence and business acumen have made her a rising star. She knew how to bring out the best in people. After leaving Qwest’s Omaha offices in 2008, Rose became a traveling senior trainer for Utah-based CenturyLink, a position she held until 2016. When her mother, Mama Mary, needed no longer full-time healthcare, Rose moved to “The Farm” in Louisville, Tennessee, to care for her until her death in 2020 at the age of 92. Besides her brothers, survivors include her “loving sisters”: Liane (William), Maxine (Ronald), Alecia (Stanford), Tanya (Stephen) and Sheila (Theodore); Favorite nieces and nephews: William Davis IV, Max Davis, Ronald Davis Jr., Renee Kelly (Todd Sr.), Khary Thompson (Christina), April Denine Chandler, Douglas Chandler Jr., Herbert Jerome “Jay” McMillan (Melanie), Stanford Davis Jr., Corey Jarmon (Jennifer), Rod Young (Sanura) , Steve Davis Jr. (Timbala), Jessica Ashley Davis (Terrance), Angel Attawia (Akie), Joshua Davis (Jondra), David Davis, William Jacob Davis (Hala), Tabitha Davis, Jenny Davis and Courtney Davis; and dozens of great-nieces and great-nephews. “Pleasant words are like honeycomb, sweet to the soul and wholesome to the bones.” Proverbs 4:24 p.m. KJV Saturday, June 25, 2022, family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a celebration of life to follow at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1601 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, Rev. Jesse Williams, pastor, Robert H. Sherrod, cantor. In lieu of flowers, Rose’s family is asking for donations in her honor from The Gideons International, which distributes more than 70 million Bibles a year. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or

Posted on June 23, 2022

Posted in Knoxville News Sentinel

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Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1601 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915

June 25, 2022 at 10:00 – 13:00


Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1601 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915

June 25, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

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