Robert Kitle Davis


Personal and Family Information

Robert was born on 16 Nov 1957 in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, the son of James Kitle Davis and Betty Jo Culberson.

He died on 6 Sep 2009 in Star City, Arkansas.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Robert Kitle Davis


James Kitle Davis


Sanford Kitle Davis


Sanford Kitle Davis


Vivian Valeria Drennan


Mary Anne Gravenmier


Melvin Walter Gravenmier


Edith Ellen Franks


Betty Jo Culberson



Birth16 NOV 1957
Place: Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
Death6 SEP 2009
Place: Star City, Arkansas
Age: 51y 9m 22d
BurialSEP 2009
Place: Star City, Arkansas
Age: 51
Address: Butler-Pleasant Hill Cemetery Star City, Lincoln County, Arkansas


Note 1

Robert Kitle Davis November 16, 1957 - September 6, 2009

Robert Kitle Davis, 51 of Star City, died Sunday. He was in the U.S. Army for several years, and was a Baptist.

Survivors include his Mother, Jo Culbertson Davis, a Brother, Thom Davis both of Star City. two sons, Nathan Kitle Davis and Christopher James Davis both of Missouri, and a grandson, Warren Kitle Davis.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Kitle Davis and a brother, Jerry Davis. 

Graveside services are 11:00 A.M. Saturday at Butler/Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Star City. There will be no formal visitation.

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Note 2

Betty Jo Culbertson Davis, August 7, 1937 - February 19, 2017

Dr. Jo was born in Crossett, Arkansas on Aug. 7, 1937 to the late Clyde and Eugenia Moseley Culbertson. She and her sister, Peggy (Carter), moved with their parents to Star City and Gould, AR, where she accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

After her junior year in high school, she and her parents moved to Augusta, AR, where she graduated from August High School in 1955. She met James Kitle Davis, but she moved to Memphis, TN to attend Draughons Jr. College. James (Jimmy) followed her and they were married on Christmas Eve in 1955. While in Memphis, she gave birth to Robert Kitle Davis in November, 1957, and Jerry Clyde Davis in February, 1961. The family moved to Jackson, MS, where in September, 1962 they completed their family with the birth of a third son, Thomas Floyd Davis. The family joined Parkway Baptist Church, and over the years were instrumental in creating the bus ministry, Children's Church, and the Sunday morning television program Impact as churches began to reach out into the community for those unable to attend services. There, each of her sons accepted Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior. She also returned to college at Mississippi State in Clinton, where she graduated with her BS in history education and started her teaching career at Mississippi Baptist High School.

In 1976, Jim died, and with Thom and Jerry, she moved back to Memphis. There, the family joined Elliston Baptist Church and she became a "legend" at Elliston Baptist Academy, where her sons went to High School. She also taught at Evangelical Christian School, and received her Master's degree in English Education at Memphis State University. From there, she went on to the University of Southern Mississippi and earned her Doctorate in Education (English).

Her sons had gone on to the US Army (Robert), US Marine Corps and later, Army (Jerry), and US Navy/Marine Corps (Thom). With her Doctorate in hand, she moved to Walnut Ridge, AR, where she was an Associate Professor of English at Williams Baptist College. While there, she founded the WBC chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, and won the hearts of all she met. She was a member of Walnut Ridge First Baptist Church.

Just before full retirement, she moved "home" to Star City, and took an Assistant Professor position at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, to be near her sister, Peggy. She also moved her letter to First Baptist Church, Star City. While she had a full, rich life, life took some tragic turns. She lost her sister and her two oldest sons, Robert and Jerry, and three homes due to various twists and turns in her roller coaster of life, including a tornado and a house fire. She finally settled in Dumas, AR with her youngest son, Thom, who was a high school English teacher at Dumas High School. She moved her letter to Dumas First Baptist Church. And then she was stricken with Alzheimer's Disease to which she finally succumbed at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock on February 19, 2017.

She was universally loved, and will be missed, but her family, Thom and grandsons Nathan Kitle Davis and Christopher James Davis (Robert), and Zachary Thomas Davis (Jerry) rejoice that she has found her way into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Her final appearance center stage was at Butler (Pleasant Hill) Cemetery on Saturday, February 25, 2017, a small affair for family and friends officiated by Bro. Marcus Rogers of First Baptist Church, Star City. Any memorials may be sent as gifts to English Department or General Scholarship fund at Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, AR. She wanted her last words to everyone to be what had become her mantra as a mother, grandmother, teacher, professor, and friend: "You're beautiful, and I love you!"

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at