On Saturday, July 13, the Crockett County community and Bells Elementary School (BES) were saddened upon learning that local school teacher Stacey Davis and her husband Bruce Davis had died in a house fire while on vacation.
Bells City Mayor Joe Williams and aldermen and women Bob Pigue, Scotty Runions, Lee Overton, Eric Jordan and Dabney Long voted to dedicate the street leading into BES in memory of Stacey.
On Tuesday, October 22, a street sign displaying the road named Stacey Davis Drive was unveiled with students, faculty, community leaders and her family including her mother Joan Jones, her children Darby Mosier and Addison Davis and her son-in-law Justin Mosier present.
“Mrs. Stacey Davis served Bells Elementary School for 31 years. Thirty years as a first-grade teacher and her last year as an intervention teacher,” said Mark Wallace.
“Over the course of time, Ms. Stacey taught hundreds of students how to read, write and do arithmetic. Her students were precious in her sight. She would give them big hugs, the grandest smile and she dedicated herself to love them daily. She was an exceptional teacher and was recognized for her talents by being named Teacher of the Year in 2001 and 2016. Ms. Stacey recognized that children came to her classroom with various backgrounds and needs. With her gifts, she was able to reach beginning learners and bring challenges to those students who were ahead of the others. It was her desire to make her students feel safe and secure, provide an organized learning environment and to make her classroom an engaging classroom in which student desire for learning would blossom. I and many others were most impressed with Ms. Stacey by noticing that she always was seeking strategies and teaching practices that would ensure student learning and growth. Ms. Stacey was very good at her craft and she desired to be better.”
Closing out the unveiling of Stacey Davis Drive, Wallace read Stacey’s favorite quote by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and I could say, I used everything you gave me.”
Wallace said, “I do believe that this most sums up Ms. Stacey’s dedication to Bells Elementary School and to her students.