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Melinda Starr Gill Davis, 39

Melinda Starr Gill Davis, 39, of Bauxite, Arkansas, passed away after a lengthy illness on March 4, 2019.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Donnie & Emily Gill, grandmothers Jean Brown and Merlene Schlafman. 

 She is survived by her husband Mark Davis, sister Alexis (Hud) Rannenberg & a niece Grace Ann Rannenberg, uncle Robert Brown, aunt Pam (David) Finney, grandfather Ralph (Delby) Schlafman, and her fur babies, Slick, Faith and Casey. 

 She graduated from Hall High School.  She was a trained decorator of cakes, enjoyed tending her flowers, trying recipes from watching cooking shows, and binge watching Lifetime & Hallmark movies.  She had a heart of gold and was a caregiver to many.  Starr especially loved going with Mark to the Arkansas Deer Camp, spending time with friends there and riding 4-wheelers through the woods

 Visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Bryant, 508 Reynolds Road from Noon to 1:30 pm, Monday, March 11, 2019, with graveside services following at 2:00 pm at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Alexander.

Services are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Her online guestbook is available at



  • Sue Phillips Savoy Posted March 6, 2019 6:37 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all

    • Mark Posted March 6, 2019 9:36 PM

      Thank you Sue

  • Bill and Karen Posted March 7, 2019 4:02 PM

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  • Madolyn Dunn Posted March 7, 2019 7:23 PM

    So sorry. Starr made the best cakes. I remember her at Mickeys. She was a ray of sunlight . She will be missed

  • Dovie Norcross Posted March 7, 2019 7:34 PM

    I worked with Starr’s mother for many years and got to know Starr through her. This was a complete shock and so soon after the death of her parents. Please know the entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jerry and Sarah Brown Posted March 8, 2019 8:30 AM

    Starr always had a way of lighting up a room with her loving and bubbly personality. She was taken from us way to early and she will surely be missed. Mark, we are so sorry for your loss and pray that you can find some peace in these difficult times.

  • Jessica Cline Posted March 8, 2019 11:21 AM

    So sorry for you loss. I am deeply saddened to hear of Star’s passing. She was a wonderful friend, who I will miss dearly.

  • uncle Robert Posted March 8, 2019 2:12 PM

    I am at a lost for words. I will miss you star

  • Slaina Goergen Posted March 9, 2019 12:23 AM

    So sorry fpr ypur lose, shebwas a amazing person

  • Salina Goergen Posted March 9, 2019 1:04 AM

    What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, Star-dust or sea-foam, Flower or winged air.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich

  • Rusty Smith Posted March 10, 2019 8:33 PM

    So sorry for your loss

  • Janice and Jean Nelson. Posted March 10, 2019 9:45 PM

    Mark, so so sorry for the loss of your sweet wife. You and family in our prayers.

  • James Kasmire Posted March 11, 2019 11:39 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Starr was wonderful loving friend, and would brighten any room she walked in. She will be miss by many people. You and your family in my prayers

  • Rachele Dunn Posted March 11, 2019 11:44 AM

    Starr was blessing to have a childhood best friend. I will forever and always remember all the memories we shared. You had the biggest smile and cutest laugh that nobody will forget. I love you my sweet Starr! Give your parents a big hug. Mark and Alexis will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Tammy Higginbotham Posted March 11, 2019 11:54 AM

    Starr always made me smile. She will forever hold a place in my heart! So sorry for your loss Mark.

  • David Holland, Sr. Posted March 16, 2019 10:12 AM

    I read about Tammy’s untimely death after just 39 short years of precious life, I wanted to express my feelings of sympathy for the Higginbotham family. When our loved ones fall asleep in death, the pain and grief seem unbearable. Our loving God Jehovah (Psalms 83:18) understands how we feel and he comforts us by means of his word the Bible. Psalm 34: 18 tells us: “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Most of us have seen this enemy death claim the lives of people dear to us. But Jehovah God promises to destroy this enemy, death, once and for all. Rev. 21: 4; tells us: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” (Isaiah 25: 8, 1 Corinthians 15: 26)

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