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Alice Wilma Davis McEntire


Last updated 2/3/2021 at 4:51pm

Alice Wilma Davis McEntire, 92, passed away Jan. 29, 2021, at her home in Brevard, with her husband of 69 years, Bill, at her side.

Born in Spartanburg, S.C., on Jan. 16, 1929, she was the youngest of five children born to Marion Buford Davis and Sarah Moore Davis. Her siblings, Louise Jarrett, Nellie Davis, and Frank Davis preceded her in death. Her sister, Mary Ellen Davis, passed away Feb. 1, 2021, in Brevard.

A tragedy occurred early in the family’s life when her father, a railway employee, was murdered by a fellow worker. At the onset of The Great Depression, her mother, now widowed, was faced with the difficult decision to place her oldest three children in Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood, S.C. She continued to raise Alice and Mary Ellen at her home in Hanes, outside Spartanburg, S.C. Even in those trying times, she recalled stories of taking refuge in a place she called “the grove” where she and Mary Ellen played. It was their “gloriette,” a magical place amongst the trees, flowers, and soft grass, where their imaginations could soar.

She was an excellent student at Spartanburg High School, where she was a member of the Beta Club and cheerleading squad. She loved home economics and business. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church. Upon graduation, she worked as a secretary at the J. Frank Blakely Company.

In 1949, she met the love of her life, Bill McEntire, a student at Appalachian State College. They married in 1952 and established a home in Charlotte, N.C., where they raised five children. The couple began a music studio business together. She and her family became active members of First Baptist Church.

The family moved to Brevard in 1975 when her husband accepted the band directing position at Brevard Middle School. She worked as a secretary in Brevard High School’s Vocational Education office until retirement. They were active ballroom dancers and members of First Baptist Church of Brevard. For many years, they operated a Christmas tree farm on their property.

She was an active participant in the Senior Olympics where she and her husband competed in athletic events across the state and nation. In her last years, she developed her artistic talents by creating watercolor paintings, which she entered into community events. She also loved to create classic southern dishes in her kitchen, collecting antiques, hosting yard sales, and visiting her children and grandchildren across the South.

She had an outgoing personality and a wonderful sense of humor. While she relished being the center of attention, she had tremendous empathy for anyone going through difficult times. She placed her strong faith in God and love for her family as her highest goal, believing that her calling was to raise the best children she could.

She is survived by her husband, William (Bill) McEntire, and their five children, Shelley Richardson (Bruce), of Danville, Ky., Christy Philemon (Sherron), of Mount Holly, N.C., Brant McEntire (Olivia), of Brevard, Mitch McEntire (Gail), of Asheville, and Lani White (Jeff), of Franklin, Tenn. She was proud of her nine grandchildren, Benjamin (Megan) Richardson, Daniel (Amelia) Philemon, William Philemon, Justin McEntire, Jesse (Hannah) McEntire, Kurt McEntire, Tyler (Scottie) McEntire, Matthew McEntire, and Alexandra White Stevenson (Josh); and five great-grandchildren, Davis and Bennett Richardson, Isaac and Lucas Philemon, and Shep McEntire.

A memorial service will take place at First Baptist Church in Brevard Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at 11 a.m., with pastor Rev. Tommy Crocker officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 211North Main St., Flat Rock, NC 28792.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home is caring for the family.


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