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Josephine Camp Davis, age 85, of Tuscaloosa, died on Mother’s Day May 14, 2023 at DCH Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 22, 2023, at First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa with Dr. Clinton Hubbard, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at Josephine’s home, 1104 Pinemont Drive North Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35406. Norwood Wyatt will be directing.
Josephine was preceded in death by her grandparents, C.S. “Boss” Hinton, Sr. and Mae Auxford Hinton; her parents Dr. Joseph “Pete” Camp and Louise Hinton Camp; her beloved daughter Louise Hardwick Davis at the age of 13; and her devoted husband Dr. Dudley Leonard Davis. Survivors include her sister Sue Camp Pritchard of Birmingham, Alabama, her twin daughters Elizabeth Davis McGiffert (Price) and Josey Davis Lee (John); Granddaughter Kendall McGiffert Hagood (Harris), Grandsons William Garrett McGiffert, John Price McGiffert, Jr., Dudley Davis Lee, Joseph Houston Lee, and great grandchildren Betty Louise Hagood and Harrison Edward Lee.
Josephine was born on September 10, 1937 in Jasper, Alabama. She earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and subsequently a Master’s degree in education from the University of Alabama, where she was a loyal member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Josephine was an incredible example of a servant’s heart and gave a lifetime of service to her community. She was dedicated to doing her civic duty, often quietly for many years.
She will be remembered for her beauty, poise, grace, kind heart, intelligence, wit, and capabilities. Such qualities made her an individual constantly sought after for many officer positions, projects, and committees. Her enthusiasm, good cheer, and dedication were applied with fervor to each position or responsibility Josephine took on. She was beloved and respected by all, and her contributions to our community will be recognized for many years to come.
Josephine’s voluminous list of contributions to this community would be impossible to list, but a few of the highpoints include serving as Past Presidents of the following: The ARC of Tuscaloosa County, The Junior League of Tuscaloosa, The DCH Foundation, The Women’s Chamber of Commerce, The First United Methodist Women, The Women’s Auxiliary of Tuscaloosa Academy, and the Kappa Delta Alumnae Sorority. As one of its founding members, Josephine’s work with The ARC of Tuscaloosa encompassed over 50 years. She worked tirelessly on the Gene Stallings Charity Golf Tournament raising over $1,000,000 for The ARC. Josephine received numerous awards throughout her lifetime including: The Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award from the National Alumni Association of the University of Alabama, she was inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame, she was selected as a Pillar of the Community by the Community Foundation, she received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the following: the United Fund of Tuscaloosa County (now United Way), the YMCA, The ARC of Tuscaloosa, The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society, and First United Methodist Church. She received the Sustainer of the Year Award and the Women’s Leadership Award from the Junior League of Tuscaloosa and the Order of the Pearl National Service Award from Kappa Delta Sorority. She served as Chairman of the 2nd DCH Ball and continued to support the ball for over 40 years netting millions of dollars for the hospital and its charitable work.
Josephine’s pride and joy were her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She established a close bond with each one of them and enjoyed spending time with them immensely. In her later years, everything revolved around playing bridge each week with her bridge club. She adored her friends and received such pleasure spending time with them playing bridge on Tuesdays and Fridays. Josephine was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a talented cook and shared her culinary delights with all of her family and friends. Josephine was an active member of First United Methodist Church and enjoyed
attending church every Sunday. Her presence is irreplaceable, and she will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved her.
Pallbearers will be John Price McGiffert Sr., John Dansby Lee, William Garrett McGiffert, Dudley Davis Lee, Joseph Houston Lee, John Price McGiffert Jr., John Harrison Hagood, and John Davis Diaz. Honorary Pallbearers will be the “Jasper Girls,” the Bridge Club, The Virginia Hefelfinger Bible Study, The Arc of Tuscaloosa County, The Junior League of Tuscaloosa, The Mardi Gras Club, Dr. John Miller, and Dr. Payden Wallace. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to: The ARC of Tuscaloosa County (P.O. Box 40246 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35404) and First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa (800 Greensboro Avenue Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401).
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