Bettye Lou Davis

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Bettye Lou Davis, 86, of Manila, passed from this life Monday, July 19, 2021, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Brownsville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Harvey and Nellie Spitzer Helton and the widow of Dewey Davis. She had been a Manila resident since 1947 and had attended Manila Public Schools. She was a quality control specialist for American Greetings in Osceola, retiring after 38 years with the company. Bettye was a charter member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Manila and was active in many capacities. She especially enjoyed helping with the Children's Vacation Bible School program. An avid reader, Bettye also enjoyed following the Arkansas Razorbacks, watching Wheel of Fortune, and caring for her animals, especially her dog, Buddy. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Obie Helton, Troy Helton, Jimmy Helton and Freeman Helton; two sons, Dewey Michael Davis and David Glenn Davis, and a granddaughter, Mindy Scott. 

Survivors include three sons, William Davis (Sherri) of Manila, Larry Davis (Sandra) of Manila and Kenny Davis (Stacy) of Gosnell; one daughter, Brenda Pierce (Claude) of Cherokee Village; daughter-in-law, Becky Davis of Thompson's Station, Tenn.; one sister, Sue Burress of Trumann; one sister-in-law, Jayne Wheeler of Tyler, Texas. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22, in the Howard Funeral Service Chapel at Manila with Rev. Matthew Collier and Rev. Tony Cherry officiating. Burial will follow in Manila Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Thursday from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Pallbearers include Matt Davis, Jeremy Davis, Jordan Rix and Wesley Rix. Honorary pallbearers are Landen Stutts, Derek Stutts and Braden Davis. Friends may sign the online guest register at