Jean Davis Elam
Graveside Services for Mrs. Jean Davis Elam, who entered into rest on March 3, 2021, will be conducted on Saturday at 11 o’clock at Pineview Memorial Gardens. Rev. Roy Kiser officiating. Those in attendance are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. The service will be livestreamed on the Posey Funeral Directors Facebook page.
Mrs. Elam, a native of Florence, SC had resided in North Augusta since 1963. The daughter of Ruth White Davis and “Doc” Clarence S. Davis Sr. (pharmacist), she attended Florence public schools before entering Coker College, Hartsville, SC in 1944. She earned her B.A. Degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, Columbia in 1948. She went on to be employed in radio copy writing at WGAC and WJBF in Augusta, GA.
In 1953, she married Elliott Fuqua Elam, Sr. of Prospect, VA and became a stay-at-home Mom until 1970. She was a feisty and loving Mother who will be missed every day. She returned to USC and earned an M.A. in Library Science. For eighteen years, she served as the Librarian/Media Specialist at Hammond Hill Elementary School in North Augusta. A devoted member of the First Baptist Church of North Augusta, she taught Sunday School classes, participated in two choirs and held office in the senior fellowship club.
Elliott Sr., her husband of 49 years, passed away in 2002. Survivors include a daughter, R. Elaine Elam of Roswell, GA; two sons, Dr. Warren D. Elam (Christina) of Evans, GA; and Elliott F. Elam, Jr. (Mary) of Lexington, SC. Grandchildren include Dr. Jackson Elam (Dr. Rachel), Meaghan Elam Hoburg (Peter), Dr. Stephanie Elam Simmonett (Dr. Andrew) and Benjamin Rusk Elam. Also, Great-grandchildren Charlotte Eleanor Elam and Annalise Elliott Elam. She is also survived by her brother Dr. Clarence S. Davis, Jr. (Rosalyn) of Columbia, SC.
Jean and Elliott spent many hours in the garden growing show-type Chrysanthemums, beautiful tomatoes and other vegetables. She often said that she liked growing things in partnership with God: her family, friendships and plants. A favorite quote from Rudyard Kipling: “Oh Adam was a gardener, and God made him see that half a proper gardener’s work is done upon his knees. So, when your work is finished, you can wash your hands and pray for the glory of the Garden, that it may not pass away.”
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Ministry of North Augusta at http://cmona.org/donate/.
Posey Funeral Directors of North Augusta is in charge of arrangements (803.278.1181). Please visit the registry at www.PoseyCares.com