Remembering Ivory Jean Davis-Oliphant

Ivory Jean Davis-Oliphant was born to the late Ed Davis, Jr. and Ophelia Cross Davis in Natchitoches, LA on April 14, 1951. Ivory Jean accepted Christ at an early age under the leadership of Rev. P.M. Gillie at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Natchez, LA. She later became affiliated with Goodwill Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Brian Small.

Ivory Jean attended St. Matthew High School and was a proud graduate of the class of 1969. She worked in the school food service industry for Natchitoches Parish and retired after more than 28 years of service. Ivory Jean loved to cook, go fishing and visit with family, especially her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. By far, her favorite past-times were playing cards and trying her luck at the casino.

As a teenager, Ivory Jean met the love of her life and married Odell Oliphant on July 17, 1971. To this union three children were born – Corey, Deidre and Nicholas.

Ivory Jean was called to eternal rest on Nov. 23, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Ophelia Davis; son Corey; brothers Leeman, Hyman, Alfred; and sister, Lizzie.

She leaves to cherish her memory, husband Odell Oliphant; daughter Deidre Oliphant of Natchitoches and son Nicholas Oliphant of Natchitoches; sisters Queen Ann Lucas and Mary Casson of Natchitoches, Rosetta Gay (Joseph) of Natchitoches, Daisy Campbell of Houston; brothers Alton Davis (Lynn) of Houston, Nathaniel Davis (Debra) of California, Raymond Davis (Dorice) of Houston, seven grandchildren – Deontay, Tiara, DJ, Raionna, Jacobi, Christian, Nicholas, Jr., and Ariah; and one great-granddaughter – Winter, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Viewing of her remains will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, followed by a celebration of her life at
11 a.m. at Goodwill Baptist Church, 1312 Holmes St. in Natchitoches, LA.