|VANESSA ESTELL ADAMS DAVIS
Vanessa Estell Adams Davis was born June 9, 1916 on Little Cowan near Whitesburg Ky. to Andrew Jackson
Adams and Hannah Elizabeth Caudill Adams. She departed this life on November 1, 2000 at Oakwood, VA
while visiting with her sister and family.
Vanessa was an avid reader, always wanting to learn. She managed to graduate from Whitesburg High
School, but that did not come easy. She would walk the long distance from Little Cowan to Whitesburg and
back again in order to achieve that. She often told how it would be cold and even a snow on the ground, but she
never once thought of not going to school. When the weather was hot, she’d be walking home thinking of the
supper that she hoped would be waiting on her when she reached home and hoping a familiar face would come
along that would give her a ride to Cowan.
She loved to quilt and if there was a quilting going on somewhere, especially on Cowan, you’d see her in the
crowd. She loved getting together with her cousins and friends.
She loved to travel and was frequently kidded that she always kept a suitcase packed just in case.
She was an active member of The Daughters Of The American Revolution and in 1988 was honored by them
as one of the great granddaughters still living in Ky. of Revolutionary war soldier, James Caudill.
But most important of all, she was a good Christian woman who loved the Lord and rarely failed to fill her
seat in church. She had been a member of the Thornton Regular Baptist Church, the church of most of her
family before her, for many years. She attended most every Sunday with her brother Alfred and his girls. She
loved her brothers and sisters of the Indian Bottom Association and they always showed her such love and
made her feel so welcome.
As a young woman, Vanessa met and married A.G. Davis, who preceded her in death. They were blessed
to raise 4 good children, Jamie, Terry, Kaye, and Johnny and later a granddaughter Bonnie. They worked hard
to provide for their family, first running the Fountain at Hemphill for Elkhorn Coal and later on in Dayton, Ohio,
where they both worked until in the 70’s. After raising their family, they decided to come back to KY where they
had always called home.
Besides her husband, Vanessa was preceded in death by her parents, 2 grandchildren, 2 sisters: Mary and
Bonnie, and 4 brothers: Boyd, Kirtley, Mose and Andrew Jr.
She is survived by her children and their spouses: James Alfred and Clella Davis of Levergne, TN, Terry
Agee and Vickie Davis of Temecula, CA, Jennifer Kaye and Gary Marshall of Huber Heights, OH, Johnny
Mitchell and Jennifer of Englewood, OH, 8 grandchildren, (one of whom passed away approximately a month
after his grandmother), several great grandchildren, one sister and her husband, Martha Ellen and Tom Owens
of Oakwood, VA, one brother Alfred V. Adams of Big Stone Gap, VA (who passed away only 6 months later), a
special sister-in-law, Grace Adams of Richmond, IN, a host of nieces and nephews who thought there was no
one like their Aunt Vanessa, and cousins and friends who miss her deeply.
Vanessa was truly a “special” person and they all loved her dearly. Life had not always been easy, but she
saw a lot of happiness and she tried to live a life that would be pleasing unto the Lord.
This family was truly blessed to have had her with us for a short time and all the memories that we shall
carry with us forever!
We feel certain she earned her home in Heaven.
A Niece, Flo Galloway