Nancy Chapman Davis

Nancy Chapman Davis

Portsmouth, VA
08.18.1933 - 10.16.2018

Nancy Chapman Davis, 85, of Portsmouth, died on October 16, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Ethel Murphy and Robert Randolph Chapman. She was preceded in death by her beloved brother, Jack Chapman.

Nancy grew up in Suffolk, VA and maintained many close childhood friendships throughout her life. She received her Diploma of Nursing from Louise Obici Nursing School. She worked as a Mother/Baby nurse at the former Portsmouth General Hospital and Maryview Hospital before retiring at the age of 73.

Left to cherish her memories are her children Jeffrey Leonard Davis, Brooks Davis Reap (Tom), James Sherwood Davis and Carolyn Davis Burbage (EJ); 8 grandchildren- Chelsea Davis, Jeffrey Davis, Michael Golino (Bambi), Katie Golino, Benjamin Attig, Sage Davis, Dakota Davis and Ruby Davis; 3 great granddaughters- Emma Golino. Angel and Mya Roberts. She also leaves her beloved sister-in-law Barbara Chapman, niece Mary Beth Chapman Carden and nephew Bob Chapman, and many other relatives and lifelong friends.

Nancy spent her life doing for and helping others. She loved her family.

To honor her wishes there will be no funeral service, burial will be private at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk, VA. There will be a celebration of her life for the family and friends at a later date. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Suffolk is serving the family.

As an avid reader Nancy’s wish, in lieu of flowers, was donations in her memory to the Churchland Branch of The Portsmouth Library, 4934 High St. W. Portsmouth, VA 23703.

She and her family also want to thank Interim Hospice staff, Becky Case, Kate Hawryluk and Nakita Gilchrist for their gentle and constant care throughout this transition. Condolences may be registered at

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I am Barbara Merritt's brother. I did not know Nancy well; but know only to well what
Nancy ment to my sister and what Barbara meant to her. I share her sense of loss
knowing the pain and sorrow of loved friends now eternaly separated. MY wife, Carolyn,
and I hold in our hearts and prayers dear Nancy and her family.

Bill and Carolyn Harshaw

Bill Harshaw

I knew Nancy as an alum of LOSN and retiree of MMC. Nancy was a beautiful kind soul and wonderful nurse. She made the lives of many so much better.
God rest her soul.
Caralyn C. Wittersheim

Caralyn Wittersheim

Would like to express my condolences to your family. We were childhood friends and saddened to hear of Nancy's passing.

Charles R. Johnson

Sending my thoughts and prayers to Nancy’s family. I cannot imagine how hard these last few months have been on you all. My mother, Barbara Merritt thought the world info Nancy and spoke of her often. She enjoyed the tine that they spent together, whether it be going to the movies or just going for a walk. I know she considered Nancy to be one of her fondest friends and will miss her deeply. May you find peace in the wonderful memories that stay forever in time.

Beth Walker

My thoughts , prayers, and condolences are with the family. I am saddened to learn of the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful lady. I have many fond memories of being at the Davis home on Early Drive.

Robbie Rardon

Mickey and I would like to let the family know how deeply sorry we were to hear of your Mother's passing. We will keep all of you In our thoughts and prayers. Remember that "Memories are life's healing treasures".

Mickey and Judy

To the family of Nancy Chapman Davis. The Entire Cross family would like to give our condolences to all of you. We have known Nancy for years. She was loved and meant so much to our beloved and late love ones Novella and Cornetta. Nancy was so dear to them that she became the same to us. So much that we knew all of you by name. Wasn't one she did speak of. We are so very sorry to hear of her passing. May God bless each and everyone of you and strengthen you all through this difficult time.

Cross family

The death of a loved one is the most devastating experience a family can face. At times, the pain of the loss will seem unbearable. Please know that there are friends who care about you and your family during this difficult time and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that "God is near to those that are broken at heart. We pray that Jehovah the God of all comfort is with your family during this difficult time of grief. Questions will come up about why do we suffer and die? Please go to to get satisfying answers to these and other questions about life. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Williams Family

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