Longtime educator and jail program coordinator dies

(Photo Credit: Syrie Funeral Home)
(Photo Credit: Syrie Funeral Home)

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)  Funeral services will be held this Saturday at 12 noon for Theresa Almira Ventroy Davis who died over the weekend at her residence.

The services will be held at Progressive Baptist Church.

Davis devoted her professional life to educating the aspiring minds of Lafayette Parish and began her journey as an educator in both elementary and secondary schools, as well as Coordinator of Adult Education, in the Lafayette Parish School System.  She also was a Guidance Counselor as well as a Counselor Trainer.

She served as Supervisor of Student Teachers for potential educators who attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana and her dedication to the educational success of the students of Lafayette Parish was rewarded when she was appointed to the position of Principal in 1978 and even more so in 1980 when she was assigned to the school that had previously been under the esteemed leadership of her mother, Augustine Ventroy.

Under her leadership, Vermilion Elementary continued to thrive and grow until she retired in 1990.

Not content being at home, she established “The Love Reading Program” at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. This program allowed incarcerated parents to have their children visit them and enjoy time together while engaging in reading activities.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her brother.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 16, 2016 at Progressive Baptist Church from 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and resume Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. until time of service.

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