- Published: August 6, 2009
Barbara Hamilton Davis died of heart failure on June 6, in Los Angeles, Calif. She was 80.
Born Barbara Retta Hamilton on Jan. 7, 1929, in Yellow Springs, she was the third child of Etta Belle Perry and Kenneth James Hamilton.
Barbara graduated from Bryan High School and worked various jobs in high school, including at the Antioch Book Plate company, Vernay Laboratories and Antioch College.
She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State University where she joined the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She married Dr. Clifford A. Davis on the lawn of her parents’ home in Yellow Springs on Sept. 5, 1953.
Barbara taught in the Los Angeles schools for approximately 30 years. Barbara was a vibrant, loquacious person who loved life. She loved music, loved to dance and was a great storyteller, like the rest of the Perry clan. She was also a very giving and generous person.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Virginia Esther Hamilton; and her husband, Clifford Davis, who died of heart failure four months earlier.
Barbara is survived by three children, Clifford A. Davis, Kenneth H. Davis and Lorrie A. Davis; and by three siblings, Nina Alice Anthony, Kenneth James Hamilton and William Levi Hamilton.
On July 18, 2009, more than 50 friends and family members from around the country gathered at Barbara’s daughter Lorrie’s home in Los Angeles to say good-bye to two beloved people who so many will miss.