Thelma Viola Davidson

Published 10:35 am Monday, April 10, 2017

Thelma Viola Davidson died on April 6, 2017, at Davie Residential Care in Mocksville.

She was born in Rowan County on Sept. 20, 1933, daughter of the late William J. and Nora Gray Rousseau. She attended Rowan County Public Schools, and received a GED. She was married to William Shanks Jr. To this union, six children were born.  Mr. Shanks preceded her in death in 1984. She married Frank Davidson on Sept. 1, 1984, who preceded her in death in 1995. She had worked at Davie County Home Extension, and retired from Milling Manor Group Home as manager. She was a former member of Omega Chapter 242 Order of the Eastern Star. he loved gardening and traveling.

She was also preceded in death by 3 sons, Wayne, Gary, and William Shanks; a daughter, JoAnn Jones; a grandson, Robert Jones.

Survivors: a son, Kenneth Shanks; a step-son, Charles (Dianne) Neely; 2 daughters, Rochella Shanks and Alice M. Davidson; 3 brothers, James Rousseau of Plainsville, N.J., William Rousseau of Mocksville, and Bobby Rousseau of Winston-Salem; 3 sisters, Shirley Rousseau of New Brunswick, N.J., Julia Kendall of Greensboro, and Georgia Ann Rousseau; an aunt, Eddie B. Rucker; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 3 p.m. at Rock Hill Church of Christ in Cleveland. Minister Jamie Houpe will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church 30 minutes before the service.