Vivian Lee McHaney Davis

  • Born: December 1, 1933
  • Died: November 19, 2018
  • Location: Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home Lake Travis

411 Ranch Rd. 620 S.
Lakeway, TX 78734
Tel. (512) 263-1511

Tribute & Message From The Family

Vivian Lee McHaney Davis was born in Dover, Kentucky on December 1, 1933 and was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and Gulfport, Mississippi. Vivian was a talented woman of purpose, a trailblazer, adventurer and world traveler. She was an accomplished musician and served as pianist and choir director at several churches.

In 1971, she co-founded the first African American Gospel Choir on a United States Air Force Base in California. The Choir was featured as a model for other Air Force Base (AFB) Chapels throughout the United States. The choir performed at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado and McChord AFB, Washington. Her vision and legacy persist as the Gospel Choir services continue at Travis AFB to this day.

Vivian graduated from Solano Community College in 1976, and California State University Sonoma in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. While attending Solano Community College she was a member of the Forensic Speech and Debate Team. She competed in speech and debate competitions throughout the state of California and was awarded numerous metals for her Oral Presentations and Debate Speeches.

She was an Expert Medical Records Professional, Transcriptionist and Administrator with a career of over 40 years in Medical Records Management. She obtained a Masters in Medical Records Management from Seattle University, Washington. She was recruited to be the Medical Records Director to set up the Medical Records department at King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Vivian finished her career as a Medical Records Director for Veterans Affairs (VA) in Loma Linda, CA.

Not content to sit back and do "old people stuff" after retiring, she made history as the oldest United States Peace Corps volunteer, at the young age of 80. Her service abroad brought notable recognition and Letters of Commendation from President Obama and the Ambassador to South Africa. She was featured and interviewed by South African Television News and Reuters Magazine, as well as a featured article written in AARP magazine for her courage and distinction of service to the United States Peace Corp. (Google Vivian L Davis, Peace Corps)

Vivian was a woman of great faith and purpose. Every challenge she faced, she met with confidence in herself and in God. She was a mother that inspired her children to believe in themselves, dream large and have faith. She is preceded in death by parents Charles Keva McHaney and Ethel Gragston, her brother, Robert (Sonny) McHaney, and daughter, Melanie Joyce Dunlap. She is survived by her daughters, Sherryse Humphrey, Valerie (Russell) Hodges, and son, Glenn (Cheryl) Dunlap. One niece, Genea McHaney. Four grandchildren, Paris, Brianna, Terrance and Alexandria. Seven great grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

Vivian L, as she would often refer to herself, a woman of faith, purpose and love. An inspirational mother, accomplished pianist and musician, trailblazer, adventurer and world traveler. She left her blueprint on this world and our mother will be missed by everyone that she touched.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Legacy Oaks at Lakeway, Texas.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Your full and service filled life inspires me. I love how active you were into your senior years. When I lose enthusiasm I will think of you. I enjoyed spending time with you at the family reunions. I also extend sympathy to your immediate family. They should be very proud of your legacy.

Posted by VERONICA WHITE - southfield, MI - Family   December 07, 2018


When a life shines as bright as Aunt Vivian's, that light and love never end but continues to be a beacon of love, light and hope for those she loved and those that loved her forever. While her earthly presence is no longer with us, may her continued bright light bring you all peace and comfort during this difficult time. Sherry, Valerie, Glenn, and family, please know that your California family is holding you all in love, prayers and thoughts. Uncle Ken and Cousin Kendra

Posted by Kendra Dunlap - Oakland, CA - Family   December 03, 2018

Aunt bib...i never had a moment I didn't love being around you and uncle sonny. I know that magical smile and sense of humor will light up the sky during the day and a new star at night...all my love and the absolute mostrespect from Michael/buff....doo-da-too with my cheese and wine

Posted by Evand - Columbus, OH - Family   December 03, 2018


My condolences to the family of Vivian. I had the pleasure of working with her at the Jerry L. Pettis VA Hospital. She was absolutely amazing, seeking the best in people, and challenging to better themselves. I speak from experience. I have my credentials from the American Health Information, because of her. She took me under her wings in the Medical Records Department mentoring me. I was admonished to never forget my roots, and help others.
Soar High with the Angels Vivian. Earth's loss and Heaven's gain.

Posted by Jacqueline Brown - riverside, CA   December 02, 2018

Happy Birthday, Mom! Missing you.

Posted by Cheryl Dunlap - Austin, TX - Daughter   December 01, 2018

Thanking God for Aunt Vivian's life and praying for strength and comfort for you and the family. Stay strong and keep the faith. Love you all.

Posted by Sam and Pam Johnson - Gulfport, MS - Family   December 01, 2018

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Vivian Davis a few years back through her daughter-in-law Cheryl. She was so amazing and insightful. Thank you Ms Davis for enlightening a group of ladies who are still growing.

Posted by Joy Wright - Pflugerville, TX - Family Friend   December 01, 2018

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