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100 Branchview Drive NE
PO Box 344
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-786-3168
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Mary Davis

Mary Williams Davis

Friday, December 17th, 1926 - Friday, November 29th, 2019
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Mary Williams Davis, age 92, passed away peacefully at Atrium Health Pineville on November 29, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born in China Grove, North Carolina on 12/17/1926. Her family immigrated to North Carolina from Lebanon, and she lived most of her life in Concord. She was best known as the independent owner and operator of Taffy's Soda Shop for over 45 years, where she made the best hamburgers and hotdogs in town and was notorious for her chili pot. Mary loved to serve. She was very active at St. James Catholic Church, where she attended mass daily and participated in the Lady's Auxiliary. In addition, she was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Disabled American Veterans. She loved her family and friends and was happiest when she was preparing them a meal. She was never in one place very long but was known and loved by all. After suffering multiple strokes, she lived her last years at Charlotte Square Assisted Living and Pineville Rehabilitation and Living Center. Her Faith, strong work ethic, and desire to live helped her fight until the very end.

Mary was preceded in death by her son, Taffy John Davis of Charlotte, North Carolina; son-in-law Wayne Royal of Concord, North Carolina; granddaughter Ginger Dettmering of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; mother - Rosa Williams, father -James Williams, and brothers - Taffy Williams, Charlie Williams, and Tommy Williams, all from Concord, North Carolina.

She is survived by her daughter Rosa Davis Royal of Concord, North Carolina; daughter Karen Davis Charlton (Michael) of Charlotte, North Carolina; daughter-in-law Beth Davis of Spruce Pine, North Carolina; granddaughter Kaylin Charlton of Nashville, Tennessee; granddaughter Tori Charlton of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandson Adam Charlton of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandson Shane Conner of Lexington, South Carolina; grandson Eddie Royal of Cornelius, North Carolina, and granddaughter Summer Royal Bryant of Newnan, Georgia.

A Mass to celebrate Mary's life will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 at St. James Catholic Church, 139 Manor Avenue, Concord, North Carolina, 28025. A reception will follow the service for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 139 Manor Ave, Concord, NC 28025 or to American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 51, 165 Wilshire Dr., Concord, NC 28025.

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    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 11:00am
    St. James "The Greater" Catholic Church
    139 Manor Ave SW
    CONCORD, NC 28025
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  • Reception

    St. James "The Greater" Catholic Church Parish Hall
    139 Manor Ave SW
    CONCORD, NC 28025
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    A reception will follow the service for family and friends.


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Posted at 03:17pm
Dear Davis Family,
I knew Mary as the sister of Tommy and Charlie Williams, dear friends of my late father Robert Irvin. It must have been something to grown up as the only daughter in that family of boys. I imagine she gained her love of cooking early while Miss Rosa was in the shop. Much of Concord knew and loved her. What dear memories, Mary Irvin Plummer


Cathy Page Haigler

Posted at 12:29am
Sad to hear of Mary’s passing. I lived on Kerr Street growing up and Taffy’s Soda Shop was like 2 blocks walking distance from my house. Many meals came from Mary’s shop where she always had a laugh and smiling face! You will be missed Mary by all who knew you! Last time I saw you, you were in the drug store on South Union Street. Many good memories of you and your burgers and hot dogs. My prayers are with the family and friends. With deepest sympathy, Cathy Page Haigler

Margo Miller Shackelford

Posted at 12:17pm
So sad to read this, today. She fed many people in Concord throughout their life. She was always kind to us, my Dad & fed my brother Jimmy many times. She was an angel to the community. I can still hear her singing at Mass. Heaven has gained an angel along with those who are are there to great her. Thank you Mary.

Sr. Larretta Rivera-Williams

Posted at 10:41am
Sincerest condolences, Sister Larretta

Quin Dionne

Posted at 12:23am
Mary was so kind to me and my family. She made us laugh and always made time to talk with us. She made this world a better place . Peace and love to her family.

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