OBITUARY: Paula Davis Passes Away March 11 at Age of 72, Had Larger Than Life Personality

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cocoa high school graduate owned and operated six Burger King restaurants

Paula Davis was born in Tampa, Florida, on August 21, 1945, and was granted eternal peace on March 11, 2018, at the age of 72. Daughter of Hope and Bill Wager, she grew up in Tampa. The family later moved to Cocoa Beach where she was a graduate of Cocoa High School.

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Paula Davis was born in Tampa, Florida, on August 21, 1945, and was granted eternal peace on March 11, 2018, at the age of 72.

Daughter of Hope and Bill Wager, she grew up in Tampa. The family later moved to Cocoa Beach where she was a graduate of Cocoa High School.

In the following years, she enjoyed working for Reuben Askew, then governor of Florida in Tallahassee, raising her children, Danny and Kimberly and rooting for her much- loved FSU Seminoles.

She later returned to Brevard County where she eventually owned and operated six Burger King restaurants.

Paula had an unquenchable passion for life! She was passionate about her family and passionate about her friends. She had a fun, and larger than life personality.

She was intelligent and inherently creative. She was also a very accomplished pianist and a pretty good actress. Some of you may remember her as “Mammy Yokum” at The Surfside Playhouse version of “Lil Abner.”

Above all, Paula loved her children, her grandchildren, her beloved Joe Baker, the man who made her smile for 22 years, helped her run the businesses and was her “resident” building contractor. Paula and Joe’s late dog, Tilly, brought a lot of joy to their lives as did their new puppy, Bossy.

Paula is preceded in death by her parents, Hope and Bill Wager, her Aunt Rosa Poe and Uncle Ed Poe. She is survived by her sister, Marge Newbern (Tom), her son, Dan Farley Jr. (Mary), her daughter, Kimberly Johnson (Eric), her grandchildren, Jessica, Rebecca (Bobby), Nolan, Olivia, Alexander and Emilie, her nephew Tommy Newbern (Andrea) and her niece Hope Sierota (Dave).

In accordance with Paula’s wishes, no services are planned. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Rockledge Country on Sunday, March 18th from 4 to 6 pm for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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