Jean Davis Millsap passed away January 26th in Mobile, Alabama after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Although her mind couldn’t keep up with the wonderful memories she had accumulated in her life, she always knew her daughter, grandchildren (and great and great-great-grandchildren), her friends, and of course her beloved husband Fred.
Jean was born in Georgiana, Alabama on August 19, 1925. She spent her youth playing with her sister, Ree, learning dance and working with her mother at the family restaurants. In 1946, she met Fred, recently returned from the war, who upon seeing Jean, told a waitress at the restaurant that he was going to marry her. After impressing her with his dancing, he did what he set out to do and they married on March 12, 1946.
Jean lived a wonderful life. Jean and Fred’s daughter, Dee was born in 1950 prior to them settling in Roswell where they lived most of their lives. They loved traveling the world and, if the itinerary was a little too taxing for Fred, Jean and her compadre, Doris Russell, had no trouble tackling it together. Jean loved spending time with her family and her dear friends, with many of whom she golfed and played cards. She enjoyed entertaining in her home and by her pool, sharing her roots by cooking wonderful southern food for all who came by.
Jean was preceded in death by her loving husband Fred N. Millsap, Jr.; her parents, Lucille and Perry Prescott; and her sister, Ree Evans as well as her dear friends, Doris Russell, Louise Key and Melba Caraway. She is survived by her daughter, Dee Smith and her husband Marc; grandson Brian Milstead and his wife Carrie; granddaughter Melissa Milstead; great-granddaughter Jazin Milstead and her family, including great-great-grandaughter Maddie, great-granddaughter Jayde Belcher; great-grandson Zach Harper; and caring friends Shirley DiPaolo and Rose Caldwell who called frequently and kept Jean close at heart throughout her illness.
Private services will be held at a later date in Spanish Fort, AL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Assurance Home, the Alzheimer’s Association or to the St. Jude Foundation.