Olive Anne Butler Lane Davis

September 21, 1923 - March 23, 2008

09/21/1923 - 03/23/2008

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Cemetery
Saturday March 29, 2008
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23505
757-441-1753 | Directions
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Private Family Burial

Service
Saturday March 29, 2008
10:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Visitation
Saturday March 29, 2008
9:15 pm - 10:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Cemetery
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23505
757-441-1753 | Directions
Additional Information:

Private Family Burial

Olive Anne Butler Lane Davis – Norfolk

Anne B. Davis, of Tipperton Place in Norfolk, died peacefully at home on Easter Sunday morning, March 23, 2008. Born 1923, in old Nansemond County, she was the first daughter of the late Stephen Harrison Butler and Nell Dare Whichard-Holland.

A graduate of Holland High School in 1940, she was appointed Miss Nansemond and served as a princess in the first Rockingham County International Turkey Festival. The then Governor of Virginia, James H. Price, congratulated each participant at the Spotswood Country Club formal Ball.

Prior to this exciting event in her high school life, Anne had been President of the Student Body, active in school sports, and had received accolades at a private piano recital, Glee Club operettas and dramatics. She reported she’d never forget doing Lady Macbeth’s sleep walking scene.

She was baptized in Holland Baptist Church, at 13 years old, by the Rev. William Henry Corbitt, and was first assistant Sunday School pianist as well as a choir member.

A graduate of Madison College, Harrisonburg, 1944, with a B.S. Degree in Education, she was President of its Association of Childhood Education, a member of its Glee Club which gave outstanding performances of “The Messiah” with men’s voices from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, as well as regular performances in all of Harrisonburg’s 13 churches, radio broadcasts from Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel, air spotting Victory chorus at Bridgewater College during the war era, and most inspiring, was being a hostess giving requests programs for wounded service men at Woodrow Wilson Veterans Hospital.

She taught at The John Randolph Elementary School in Suffolk, before moving to Norfolk in 1946, where she had more than 35 years experience in both public and private education and piano instruction.

Many people will remember her for her three years of Girl Scout leadership, organizing and being counselor of Camp Apasus.

Anne married Lt. Fletcher B. Lane, Jr., a returning merchant mariner, June 15, 1946, in West End Baptist Church, Suffolk. They bought and moved into their own home in Tipperton Place, part of the old Trant farm on Broad Creek, where residents rode horseback when desired.

She was a charter member and past President of Tipperton Place Garden Club, holding all offices and honored by her club with a life membership in the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs.

A member of Ingleside Baptist church since 1960, she taught in all earlier Bible schools, WMU classes, mission studies and participated in its Golden Saints group. She was a volunteer for the church newsletter, “Inglescribe,” and gave quality time to its “Teaching Non-Readers to Read” ministry.

She participated in numerous school and community organizations, having helped organize the Tipperton Place Civic League. As an avid bird lover she was a member of the National Audubon Society for whom she conducted yearly bird counts. She enjoyed being a pianist at several nursing homes, and was an active member of the Pickett-Buchannon Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

In her later years, her ministry became hand-made or improved commercial remembrance cards to her family and host of friends.

Anne was widowed at 28 years old, in 1952, after only six years of a happy fruitful union, survived by their two sons, Fletcher B. Lane, III of Eagleville, PA and his wife Vera and son John Daymon Lane of Norfolk.

In 1959, Anne married Frank Robert Davis, and was widowed in 1980, survived by two sons, Paul Rustem Davis and Frank Butler Davis and wife Rosa Leigh; two daughters, Louanne Glennon and husband, Navy CAPT Brendan Glennon, and Lori Annelle Wicks and husband Steven Patrick Wicks.

Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. Paula Butler Ballard of Richmond, a brother Steve Harrison Butler, Jr. and wife Phyllis of Suffolk, two special nieces, Kathy Butler Springston of Richmond and Melissa Butler of Suffolk and nephew, Peter Temple Ballard of Richmond.

The pride and delight of her life are her five grandchildren; Colin Fletcher Lane, Damon Austin Lane, Liam Harrison Glennon, Daria Alysse Glennon, Eliza Shannon Glennon, and Hunter Christian Davis.

At her special request there will be no viewing. The family will receive friends at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach Chapel Saturday March 29, 2008 at 9:15AM for a “memorial moment,” a funeral service will follow starting at 10:00AM under the direction of the Rev. Tracy Bradshaw. A private burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Her love of flowers merits any tributes, but suggested memorials may be made to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, or to one’s choice. Online condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com

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Barbara Wicks
8 years ago

Ann Davis was a blessing to my family through the year. Her positive attitude, sweet smile, encouraging words, musical talent has blessed us all. She will be surely missed by all those who knew and loved her. Our Deepest Sympathy,

The Wicks and Grimstead Family

Pat Wright
8 years ago

Dear Paul and family,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your precious mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this most difficult and sad time. May God bless you all with wonderful memories.

Take care.

Pat Billari Wright

FAYE MANSOURZADEH
8 years ago

Dear Paul,

Don’t knwo if you remember me or not, but maiden name you will..Martin..

So sorry for the loss of your mom. Just remember the good times!

Blessings,

Faye M

Jane & Sarahjane Martin
8 years ago

Dear Paul,

We are sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Please know that our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and each family member. Always hold onto those sweet times in your heart. They may leave us on earth, but they become your own personal angel smiling down on you.

Jane, Sarahjane & family

Bonnie Brown
8 years ago

Dear, dear Olive Ann, a distant cousin of my husband, Thomas Brown…but, she was never a distant cousin to us. She wrapped us up in her close circle of family and loved us like her most precious. She was the most alive person I ever knew,savoring every instant of people, places, and nature, all the while praising the Savior. Boxes and boxes went to my daughter, Kristin, while in Iraq. She was always thinking of others and how she could brighten their day…right down to the lovely Easter card on my mantel written last Wednesday. Our lives are forever enriched by knowing her. Love and prayers to each and every one of you.

Rich and Annie Hendren
8 years ago

It was my privilege to come to know Miss Davis through her daughter Louanne. Dinner at her home was wonderful, I felt as I walked in a guest and left as a member of the family. Her hospitality, and mixed greens, were both amazing!

Love and condolences,

Rich

BARBARA ODOM WRIGHT
8 years ago

MISS OLIVE ANNE BUTLER WAS MY 3RD GRADE TEACHER IN SUFFOLK. SHE WOULD BE SO PROUD TO KNOW THAT I, TOO, BECAME A TEACHER AND RETIRED AFTER 33 YEARS WITH CHESAPEAKE SCHOOLS. THERE WAS LITTLE MONEY IN MY LARGE FAMILY, BUT WITH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FINE TEACHERS AS YOUR MOTHER, I WAS ABLE TO REACH MY POTENTIAL AND EARN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR A COLLEGE EDUCATION. MY SUFFOLK HIGH CLASS OF ’55 HAD A RECENT 50TH REUNION. THOSE OF US FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD AND LOVED “MISS BUTLER” REMEMBERED HER FONDLY. MUCH LOVE TO HER FAMILY.

BARBARA ODOM WRIGHT

Wayne Moore
8 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Lori, you are in my prayers.

Terry & Sonja Nielsen
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of the family members. She was such a lovely lady and her presence brought a smile to anyone who had the great fortune to meet her. Your loved one will always be as close as a memory.

Fred Quayle
8 years ago

Third grade at John Randolph School in Suffolk was very special because Olive Ann Butler was our teacher. All the boys in the class loved her. I have enjoyed our contacts over the past several years and our correspondence. I am truly sorry that I did not get to see her before she left us as I had promised her I would. I shall not forget her. God bless all of her family.

Kristin Brown
8 years ago

We all loved your mom and how expressive and inclusive she was.

I learned from your mom how loving life is and each moment is precious and worthy of savoring.

I know Heaven was celebrating Easter with even more praise this year.

My prayers are with you.