Gloria Dean Easley Davis was born to the late Pastor Thomas Henry Easley and Mattie Jordan Easley on April 20, 1940 in Nashville, TN. She is the last daughter of the 18 children of Mattie and Thomas.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by her father who was the second pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Gloria was very proud of The Easley Community Center that was named in honor of her father. In 2004 the center was rededicated, which she was very happy to be a part of.
Gloria attended Metro Public Schools. She graduated from Cameron High School where she was a cheerleader and a member of the Cameron Singers. After high school she became a licensed cosmetologist and later opened her own salon, which she later passed on to her daughter, Alana.
Gloria loved singing from an early age. She was a choir director at New Hope for many years. She was also a part of B.C. & M. Mass Choir as well as Dr. Bobby Jones and the Nashville Super Choir.
Gloria was married to Donald (Don) Davis for 39 years, who preceded her in death. She loved having family gatherings and cooking, especially hot water cornbread. Every year her family and friends looked forward to her black-eyed pea and cabbage good luck foil packs for New Year’s. Gloria was also known for having a family day care for many years and fundraising for her church.
Due to dementia and Alzheimer’s, Gloria’s health started to decline, and she was unable to actively continue serving her church and community.
Those remaining to cherish her memories, her daughter, Alana Hamilton; two grandsons, James and Jordan Hamilton; brother, Paul (Patricia) Easley; sister in law, Bettie Easley; and a host of nieces, nephews, devoted family and friends, Linous “Sonnyboy,” John “Bobby” and Ronald McCord, Ray Reagan, Pheda Hinds, Deborah Jones, Trena Easley Armstrong, LaCheka Phillips, DeAnna Armstrong and Elizabeth Regan; caregivers Wanda Woodard, Michelrica Hughes and Janai Easley.