In Memory of



Obituary for Beverly Davidson

Beverly “Bev” Kay Davidson the daughter of Robert Kohli and Gladys Risner Ferrence was born in Lima, Ohio on April 23, 1941, and peacefully passed away surrounded by her family at her home in Greers Ferry, Arkansas on September 17, 2023, at the age of 82. She will now dance with the love of her life forever. Her religious belief was of the Presbyterian faith.

Many people might have first met Bev running around Lakefront, where her and Phil owned and operated the restaurant and hotel for many years. After selling Lakefront, Bev jumped full-time into her most favorite job- being a wife and mother to not only her children but so many others. She spent time as a substitute teacher at West Side school for years and owned her own bookkeeping business. She then joined Phil in business at Davidson Electrical Sales where she was the self-proclaimed “Vice President.” She retired as a Real Estate Agent, which combined her love for the community of Greers Ferry and meeting new people. Throughout the years, Bev’s passion for individuals with disabilities made a lasting impact on many people and families- she was a pioneer in advocating to establish a special education program at West Side Schools which contributed to a more inclusive community.

If you knew Bev, you know that she was always busy and had many talents. She loved anything to do with crafting and decorated the house for any holiday she could. Even though she was married to a “Scrooge,” Bev was famous for going overboard on all things Christmas. In the summer, you could almost always find her in or around water- she has always loved the lake and her dream come true was when Phil finally gave into buying her a pool after years of begging. She adored all dogs, reading, working in her flower beds, baking and eating sweets, and watching any sports the razorbacks were playing but more than anything she loved to visit with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Phillip Davidson and parents Robert Kohli and Gladys Ferrence. Beverly was also preceded in death by her father n Law and mother-n-law William Isaac Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Davidson and her two Brother n laws, William “Bill” Davidson, and Harvey Davidson. Although they were her in-laws, it was apparent to anyone that she loved each of them like they were blood.

Bev had two sons Patrick Davidson and Dean Davidson who she adored from the moment she laid eyes on. Both sons kept her busy throughout the years but being a devoted and involved mother was one of the things that she wore with pride. The boys taught her priceless lessons on unconditional love, patience, and grace. These lessons would be ESSENTIAL when it came to the youngest child, her daughter Katie Raines. On the surface, one might think they could not be more opposite as mother and daughter; however, many of their most admirable traits are identical. Bev’s tenacious attitude and infectious energy live on through Katie. Katie is married to Spanky Raines, who loved to get driving directions from Bev and make her any recipe she requested. Bev had two grandchildren Hanna Raines (Andrew Freeman, Fiancé) and Zachary Raines. Hanna and Granny were always finding a new craft, planning a picnic or anything to “Mess and Gom”. Granny could never say no to Zac, especially for another game of checkers, watching The Sandlot on repeat or buying a cap gun at Dollar General. Weekends spent at Granny and Papa’s were not only like being on vacation full time but shaped the interest and personalities of both grandkids. Andrew immediately was loved and bossed around like the rest of the family and Granny was so happy for the upcoming wedding.

Bev is also survived by her sister Marcene MacNeil, a half-brother Gary Kohli and two half-sisters Debra Basham and Rebecca Buchanan. Her two-surviving sister-in-law’s, Carol Davidson and Peggy Davidson were not just family but great friends. Additionally, she leaves behind on Earth nephews Scott, Brad and Mark, nieces Susan, Jennifer, Sarah, Colleen, Brenda, and Melody, as well as many other relatives and dear friends. Bev also had two angels right here on Earth that watched over her and provided amazing care- her dear friend and caretaker, Darlene, and the most compassionate Doctor and one of her bonus daughters, Gina.

Remembering Bev, our mom, Granny, Aunt and friend will be easy, just look to the sunshine and dance to the music.

A celebration of life will be held at Crossroads Church at Crossroads Cemetery on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 1pm. Friends and Family are invited to Bev’s house, 5 Lone Pine Rd. North, Greers Ferry immediately following the service.