Family endows scholarship in memory of mother, brother

March 10, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Michael Davis and his father Everett Davis shared the Harral Auditorium stage at Wayland Baptist University on Wednesday as they dedicated a scholarship in memory of a beloved mother and son.

The Davis Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of Joanne Clark Davis, who died Dec. 23, 2009, and Mark Davis, who died Feb. 14, 1995. Mark was a brother to Mike and the son of Joanne and Everett Davis, who currently lives in Pampa.

Joanne was born to Jewel and Minnie Bell Mross Clark on Feb. 16, 1943, in Waldenburg, Ark. Third of 11 children, she graduated from Nucla High School in Colorado in 1960. She married Everett Davis on May 19, 1961, in Grand Junction, Colo., relocating to Pampa in 1965. The couple had two sons: Mark, born Aug. 19, 1962, and Michael, who graduated from Wayland in 1987 and now lives in Mercury, Nev.

While raising children, Joanne worked as an insurance billing clerk and office manager for physicians in Pampa until her retirement in 2005. Mark graduated from Pampa High School in 1980 and Clarendon College in 1992. He worked as a barber, a chef and in medical billing until his death.

Ordinary people leading ordinary lives filled with abundant love for and from their family and friends, Joanne and Mark understood and believed in the extraordinary value of education,” the plaque reads. “This scholarship serves their memory and a firm belief in George Peabody’s edict: ‘Education: A debt due from present to future generations.’” 

The scholarship is to be given to a junior or senior major or minor in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, with preference for a history major or minor, with at least a 3.2 grade point average. Graduate students in the school are also eligible.

The scholarship plaque dedication was held in conjunction with the weekly chapel service, a special occasion due to the speaking of Dr. David Jester, the ninth president of Wayland. Jester was president during Michael Davis’ time as a student at Wayland.

 “We are here because we believe in Wayland and because we believe in you,” said the younger Davis to the chapel audience. “We believe you can make a difference in a world that desperately needs it.”