Isabelle Davis was born on December 26,1933 in Victoria Va. to the late Henry and Ovelia Ingram. She and her family attended, served, and worshiped the Lord in the New Galilee Baptist Church. Isabelle better known as (Belle) was baptized on September 17, 1944. She attended school in Lunenburg County, Va. She graduated from central High School in 1954. After finishing High school Isabelle united into holy matrimony to her childhood sweetheart Harles Davis on May 22,1954. Shortly after marrying they migrated to New York City seeking Employment opportunities and a better way of life. Soon after relocating they united with another church of their faith, Second Cannon Baptist church under J.P. Ladson. From this union Isabelle birthed four children, Brenda, Linda, Rita, and Raymond.
For several years Isabelle was a homemaker and a stay at home Mom. Her most cherished title and position she ever held was that of Wife, Mom and Community Mother. She joined the work force after her children reached school age. She was employed with the New York City Port Authority until she retired. Isabelle couldn’t remain idle for too long; she then became gainfully employed by the Diller Quail School of Music. She was employed there for many years, until it became a physical challenge for her so she returned to a life of retirement. Belle was one who engaged in community affairs that included: being one of the founding members of the West 156th street Block Association, heavily engaged in children’s school events (PTA), and an active member of the Church. Belle took stewardship classes with the late Rev. Jasper Simmons of Greater File Baptist Church. In 1990 she took the right hand of fellowship and joined the church. She committed herself to the floral and hospitality ministry, soup kitchen and senior bible study. She was honored to hold status of Mother of the Church, appointed by the late Rev. Jasper Simmons. Being a mother was one of her God given gifts. She was affectionately known as “Mom” from one end of West 156th street to the other she was also known for extending hospitality, love, and stern motherly advice to one and all. Her home was often the neighborhood gathering place.
Isabelle was hospitalized and went Hudson Pointe to regain her strength. While there she received excellent care and made several new friends. Belle was diligent with her rehab so she could return home to her husband and children. However on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 Isabelle Davis transitioned to her heavenly home to be with the Lord.
Preceding her in death were her parents Henry and Ovelia Ingram, Brothers: Verso Ingram, Levi (Geneva) Ingram, Lewis (Irene Ingram), Eugene (Inez) Ingram, William Ingram; Sister: Estelle (Timothy) Harris, Brother-in-laws: William Davis (Ruth), Griffin Davis, Julius Davis and George Davis, George Dove.
As her light will now shine eternally within our hearts, she will be lovingly remembered by her Husband: Harles Davis, Daughters: Brenda Davis, Linda Davis-Goodson (Robert Goodson Jr.), Rita Davis Joyner, Son: Raymond Davis (Beverly Davis) Grandchildren: Laurie Davis, Rayven Davis, Brian Davis Nia Davis, Great grandson Jared Davis, one step grandson Robert Goodson; Sister: Alberta Dove N.C., Sister-in-laws: Madeline Davis N.J., and Maggie Ingram F.L., God daughter: Tia, adopted granddaughters Tikia and Zakia with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.