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Mrs. Sarah Silman Duke Davis, born in 1925, passed at the age of 92 on the 7th of February 2018, in Gainesville, Georgia. Sarah was born in Jefferson, Georgia to the late Alma Lillian Medley and Charles Benjamin “Ben” Silman of Jefferson, Georgia.
She spent her early years living in Jefferson and Atlanta before moving to Commerce, Georgia where she graduated from Commerce High School in 1943. After graduation, she moved to Marietta, Georgia where she was employed by Bell Bomber Lockheed Aircraft Plant as a radio radar welder during the war. After the war, Sarah moved to Jefferson where she married William “Bill” Ralph Duke in 1945. They spent 11 years together until Bill’s untimely passing in 1957. Sarah remained in Jefferson rearing their two children and working in the hospitality industry until 1967 when she married Joseph “Joe” Arthur Davis III. Joe preceded Sarah in death after 46 years of marriage. Sarah spent much of her time as a stay-at-home mother, doing bookwork for her husband’s business, and volunteering with the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson as Chairperson of the Trustees, Treasurer, Circle Chair and the church quilters. Before the loss of her sight, Sarah spent many hours making quilts which she donated to fund raisers and gave as gifts.
Sarah is survived by her two children William “Billy” Ralph Duke and his wife Barbara of Jefferson and Cathy Duke Hooper and her husband Kevin of Gainesville. Sarah’s children gave her the joy of five grandchildren: Taylor Duke (Lynn) of Nicholson; Tucker Duke (Rachel) of Jefferson; Timberlie McEver (Mac) of Jefferson; Amber Irizarry (Daniel) of Smyrna; and Ashley Hooper of Oakwood; along with ten great-grandchildren.
A private family service was held. Interment Woodbine-Jefferson Cemetery in Jefferson, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the charity that is dear to your family.
Evans Funeral Home, Inc., 1350 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia. 706-367-5467.
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