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Vivian Lee McHaney Davis

Obituary for Vivian Lee McHaney Davis

December 1, 1933 - November 19, 2018
Texas | Age 84


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.

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