Nelda Gay Davis

Nelda Gay Davis, age 83, of Lubbock, Texas, passed away Thursday, November 11, 2024, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. She was born November 24, 1940, in Coleman, Texas. The daughter of Ottis Lee Havner and Floy Mae (Dillard) Havner. She married Bob Davis on December 11, 1981, in Lovington, New Mexico.

Nelda graduated from Brownwood High School, she married JL Johnson, and they had 2 sons, Jack and Rodney. He worked in the oilfield, and she owned and ran a grocery store in Rankin. In 1982, she and her second husband Bob Davis began driving truck cross country together, for fun they enjoyed riding motorcycles. After leaving the road, Nelda earned her BSN degree from Howard Payne University and worked as an RN until she retired at the age of 70. Retirement was spent living in Blanket, Texas, traveling, and loving the many dogs they rescued.

Nelda was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; four sisters; her husband, Bob; her ex-husband, JL, and son, Jackie Lloyd Johnson.

Nelda is survived by her son, Rodney (Jackie) Johnson of Lubbock; three grandchildren, Kayla (Brandon) Freel of Washington, Iowa, Tara (John) Cardona of Saginaw, and Ryan (Davannah) Johnson of Shallowater; six great-grandchildren; one sister Ruby Hosch of Santa Anna, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Tammy (Marc) Lajoie, Donald Davis, Beth Ann (Steve) Shook; six step grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren, and a sister-in-law Connie (Davis) Alwill.

Cremation was under the direction of Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services in Amarillo, Texas. Nelda asked us to privately spread her and Bob’s ashes in the mountains.


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