PORTAGEVILLE - Major Gloria Dean Davis, 47, died Dec. 12, 2006, at Camp Victory in Iraq.
Born Aug. 11, 1959, in Tennessee, daughter of Annie Washington of Portageville and the late Will Scott Sr., she enlisted in the U.S. Army's Military Police Corps on Oct. 11, 1988, and attended Basic Training and advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood. Her chain of command in the 555th Engineer Company, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas, challenged her to apply for Officer Candidate School (OCS). Upon completion of OCS on Feb. 7, 1991, Major Davis commissioned as an officer in the Corps of Engineers and went on to attend the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood.
During her 18 years of military service, Major Davis served in numerous positions of increasing responsibility from Platoon Leader to Company Commander and Assistant Professor of Military Science, to Contracting Officer in California, Albania, Korea, Kuwait and most recently, Iraq.
Major Davis' awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Staff Identification Badge and the Department of Defense Identification Badge.
Major Davis' civilian education includes an Associate Degree in criminal justice, St. Louis Community College (1982); Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Columbia College, Columbia (1987); and a Master of Arts in human resource management, University of Oklahoma (1997). Her military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Fort Leonard Wood, the Mapping, Charting and Geodesy Course, Fort Belvoir, Va. (1991), the Combined Arms Services and Staff School; Command and General Staff College and numerous Acquisition and Contracting Courses.
Major Davis was a longtime member of the The Rocks, Inc. and actively supported numerous Chapters both CONUS and OCONUS.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by: one son, Damein Scott, 26; one daughter, Candace Thomas, 30; eight brothers, Michael Scott, Will Scott Jr., Roderic Scott, Randal Scott Sr., Barry Trotter, Paul Gray, Kevin Burgess and Keith Burgess; three sisters, Geraldine Scott, Alexis Scott and Sheila Gray; and one granddaughter, Kennedy Thomas, 6.
Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Portageville High School with the memorial service at 11 a.m. at the DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville. The Rev. Kirk Dunivan will officiate.
Burial with full military rites will follow in the Portageville Cemetery.
This homegoing celebration is dedicated to her family. The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to everyone sharing with them in this time of bereavement.