Celebrating the life of

Leslie Hefner Davis

November 03, 1961 - September 24, 2021

Leslie Hefner Davis

Leslie Hefner Davis died September 24.  Leslie was born November 3, 1961 in Hickory, NC.  She grew up in Greenville, SC, and lived most of her adult life in Savannah, GA.  She graduated from Eastside High School, from The College of Charleston, and received her Masters of Education from Cambridge University.  Leslie taught elementary school in Savannah/Chatham County for 28 years.  She had returned to teaching this year after previously retiring.


Leslie was a dedicated mother of two and an entire community. She worked tirelessly at making sure everyone around her had everything they needed and more. She saw strangers in no one, and poured her graciousness, selflessness, and kindness all over. A true angel sent to us to shine her light on you and through you to shine onto others. 


Leslie is survived by her sons, Ian Ross Davis and Jared McClendon Davis of Savannah, GA; her parents, John and Doris Hefner of Greenville, SC; her brother, John Radcliffe Hefner (Cliff) and his wife, Valerie of Elizabethtown, KY; nephew and nieces, John Morgan and Francia Hefner of Winder, GA, Erin Hefner Teplick and Chris of Jacksonville, FL, and their children, John and Grace; and Alexandra Radcliffe Hefner of La Mesa, CA.


Visitation will be held Friday, October 1, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel, with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Fox & Weeks, Hodgson Chapel. 



We are so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful woman and childhood friend. Leslie was a gifted, compassionate, uplifting friend and I am so blessed to have spent time with her in Foxcroft and as middle school/high school friends. She was unforgettable. Prayers for her children and your family during such a difficult time. God Bless you all. David Nine & Christie “Lewis”Nine and our families.

- Christie “Lewis” Nine- , Simpsonville , SC

It is with great sadness that I learned about the passing of my cousin, Leslie. She was always kind and considerate to my family - sending cards at the birth of my children and the loss of my loved ones - I kept them all. I know she will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

- Laurie Eggleston, Mukilteo, WA

Leslie had a heart of gold. She would be the first to help someone. I treasured her as a staff member because of her willingness to do for others. She was a devoted teacher, friend and mother. Leslie adored her sons. She will be missed terribly by all who knew her.

- Freida porzio, Ringgold, GA

I was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Leslie. I have many memories of Leslie in Foxcroft and us being on the track team together. She was such a fast sprinter and helped propel our 220 relay team to the state finals. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I pray that your memories give you peace and comfort during this time.

- Karen Stewart, columbia, SC

I was so saddened to hear of Leslie's passing. Her family was like a second family to me and so dear to me in my memories of high school. My heart breaks for Doris, John and Cliff as well as her children. My prayers will be with you all.

- Marilyn Meade Penrod, Columbia, South Carolina

The news of Leslie passing makes me so very sad. She was a kind and loving person. I so enjoyed her company during high school and had recently spoken with her. She sketched a pencil drawing, in high school, of me playing football. I treasured that thoughtful gift which has somehow vanished. Leslie was so talented in many ways. Please accept the Brock’s most sincere condolences. We are praying for y’all and holding you close to our hearts. Chip Brock

- Chip Brock, Clemmons, NC

OMG, We are absolutely heartbroken to learn of Leslie's passing. It just doesn't feel possible. My heart goes out to Doris and Johnny and the boys during this difficult time. We send our love and deepest sympathy to all.

- Linda and Al Susi, Simpsonville, SC

We are so shocked and sorry for the loss of your precious daughter, Leslie. She was way too young. Our love and prayers for you. You

- Archie and Carol Black, Greenville, SC

Leslie was a beautiful and kind soul. She loved her students and her profession. Rest in peace. Seth Kolodny

- Seth Kolodny, Herndon, VA

My first year at Gould Elementary, Leslie made me feel welcomed. Every morning she made cheerful conversation with me as I led my students to class. Her students were always having a great time as I passed her room. Before I retired she was substituting at Gould. I know she will be missed but not forgotten by her former students and staff. Praying for her family.

- Tracie McDaniel PSI teacher, Pembroke, Ga

This news breaks my heart. Leslie was a caring, compassionate, forgiving, and loving person. She was one of a kind, an amazing athlete and a fun person! We met in fifth grade, were teammates, classmates, and worked together at our after school job at Mr. Gatti’s! She set the bar high and inspired me to keep working hard. She stood at my wedding and our kids played together at my dad’s house when I visited Savannah. I am a better person because of knowing her. Heartfelt condolences to her students, coworkers, sons, brother, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, and parents. Mr. and Mrs. Hefner, thank you for raising this remarkable person. Soar high, Leslie!

- Lynne Guest Wynn, New Market, MD

Our deepest sympathies and prayers to your family. I have very fond memories of Leslie in Greenville and latter in Charleston. She had a great energy and kindness. Our thoughts are with you all during this very sad time.

- The Hicks Family , Greenville SC and Ft Worth TX, SC and TX

Stunned, totally stunned. I'm very sorry to hear about Leslie. I have many good memories of Cliff and Leslie and being a child in Foxcroft. The pool, so much fun! I'm so sorry and shocked. I too had a heart attack 5 years ago. This really is a shock. God bless you all.

- Christian Renegar, Charleston, SC

My brother Ian, so sorry for your loss.

- Jessica Davis, Savannah, GA

My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Leslie’s family in this most difficult time. Please know that she loved you ALL very much, and spoke of you often. I taught with her for five years before she retired and we became fast friends, enjoying some fun times and lifting each other up through challenging times. She was always kind to her students, her “doodlebugs”, and helpful to her colleagues. She loved animals, and I still have my fluffy orange kitty from one of her litters. Her energy and laughter will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Debra Power, Pooler, GA

A candle has been lit!

- Debra Power, Pooler, GA

Doris and Johnny, there are no words to describe the sadness I feel for you and your family. Leslie certainly was a beautiful lady with that special Hefner spark in her eyes. Please know that Ken and I are thinking of you With lots of love during these difficult days. The family will be blessed with your strength.

- Betty Waddell, Greenville, SC

My condolences to the Davis family, Mrs Davis was my kindergarten teacher and I was so fortunate to have known her. I used to love it when she would perform her famous whistle to call us back from recess using just her fingers! Missing you ~Bryant Dang

- Bryant Dang, Savannah, Ga

I’m so sad to hear this news. I’ve known Ms.Davis as long as I’ve known BJ, since 1st grade at Georgetown elementary. She had the most amazing energy EVERY morning and a smile that would light up the hallways. Such a beautiful lady, she will be missed.

- Nailah Crawford, Savannah, Ga

Ian and BJ I am so so sorry to hear this news. You both know how much you mom meant to me with her smile and making beautiful gifts for our daughter (one in which i cherish) and use every Christmas. You touch so many people. Our prayers our with you Ian and BJ

- The Randall’s , Savannah, Ga

With a heavy ❤ I pray for the family and friends of our dear Leslie Davis. Your smile lit the halls of Gould. You will forever be in our hearts Davis, RIH luv!

- Deborah Fields Houston, Savannah, Georgia

We were deeply saddened when we heard the terrible news. There are no words that can ease the pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Tim & Michaela Richardson, Rosenheim, Germany

I am so very sorry for your loss. Leslie watched my daughter, Lily Anne, every Saturday at our house. She was wonderful and Lily loved her. We are devastated. Our hearts are with you and we are praying. ❤️

- Christi Maude, 112 Full Moon Lane savannah,, Ga

My condolences to you all. She was such a beautiful person. She looked out for my children and my family. May she be resting in peace. T. Hargrove

- Tamara Hargrove, Savannah, GA

I am so shocked at this time to hear of the passing of such a sweet and kind woman. Mrs. Davis taught some of my children and also my grandchildren. One of my granddaughters was in her class. Sending my condolences and prayers for her children, parents and her family members. Sleep well Mrs. Davis, you will be missed.

- Barbara Patterson & The Patterson Family, Savannah, Georgia

My Deepest Condolences to the family. Leslie will remain in my heart forever a true angel.

- Cynthia Brown & Family , Savannah , GA

I’m deeply sorry to hear of Leslie’s passing. Although many years have passed since we lived in Foxcroft, the childhood memories live on. Knowing the Hefner’s and being friends with Cliff, Leslie and other children in those days made our childhood very special. I have walked through Foxcroft regularly for almost 50 years. It is a treasure of happy, free days. Leslie’s memory, the kindness your family showed us all growing up, will never be forgotten.

- David Renegar, Greenville, SC

I am in utter disbelief! My mouth hit the floor when I heard of this tragic devastating news. My friend. Where to begin! OK..I’ll tell of how we met..just like you always did whenever you introduced me to someone! We met through our “bad a$$ kids” but quickly became friends of our own! And I’m so very thankful we did! If it wasn’t for our “bad a$$ kids” we probably would’ve never crossed paths! You were always so loving to me and my family! You truly loved us and were ALWAYS there for us, day or night, rain or call and you were there. You would’ve given me the shirt of your back and if I’m being honest, I’m sure you probably did once or twice over the years! Ty my friend. For being my friend. My family!! We didn’t always see eye to eye and it cost us our friendship for 2 years TOO LONG but God brought us back together this year! I literally spent the month of September with you! I can’t believe you’re gone! I just saw you! I have a potted plant you lent me for glad you didn’t get it back..I will try my darndest to keep it alive so that I can keep a piece of you with me! I love you so much and am so grateful to have known you! You truly were a big part of my life and my kids lives! You didn’t live an easy life! You had many heart breaks! You didn’t deserve any of it! You deserved so much more. And now my friend you will have it! You’re with God soaring high and free of all your troubles and worries! I know you’re at peace! Say hey to my dad would ja?

- Niki Meyers , Richmond Hill, GA

Our family was heartbroken to hear of Leslie’s passing. I had the privilege of being Ian’s 1st grade teacher and my daughter Rayna was in Leslie’s 3rd grade class. She was always doing for others with a smile on her face. Her family is in our prayers. Derek, Dawn, Rayna & Jayden

- The Perry Family, Savannah, Georgia

My deepest deepest condolences to Doris and Johnny, no one should have to bury their child…NO ONE! I pray you can find some kind of peace knowing she’s in a much better place! She enjoyed all of your vacations together and looked forward to them every year. Was pretty upset you got rid of the HHI timeshare lol! She was grateful to have parents like you guys and she told me all the time!

- Niki, Richmond Hill, Georgia

Ian, I’m glad you got to have that ride with your mom! She enjoyed every minute of it and even the little hiccup after you all got home (the forgotten treasure lol)! She was always so proud of you and your success, bragged every chance she got! And last BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST..Jared, BJ, beegy squeegee oh how your mom loved you! Oh man! She would’ve given you the world if she could have! She was sooooo beyond excited she got to see you a few weeks ago! Raved about how good you looked with your little haircut! It truly was a great visit she cherished. I pray you find God and peace in this time cause Lord knows you’re going to need Him to see you through this. I pray you become the man your mom always knew you would be! Sore high my beloved friend I miss you dearly already. I love you all and God bless

- Niki, Richmond Hill, Georgia

Leslie and I have been dear friends for about 24 years. We met through teaching second grade together and stayed close for years afterwards. Leslie had a light like so few people have. Always upbeat and happy even in hard times. As a teacher, she was crazy and fun while still being strict but especially caring! After school she would drive kids home that didn’t have rides. She would cry at award ceremonies because giving out their awards touched her so much. She worked so hard to be everything her students needed and her students all adored her. As a parent, her two boys meant the world to her!! She was athletic and perfect to be a boy mama! Always doing things outside with them when they were little. The nicknames and the love she had for Ian and Jared those boys never needed to question. She would do anything at anytime for either of them. The unconditional love and support she gave to each of them was unwavering. They were her whole heart! As a friend/neighbor she was an Angel. Running errands for elderly neighbors, keeping friends children, buying things or supporting anyone at anytime. Putting others before herself was who she was. My whole family loved her dearly, will never forget her spirit and will miss her daily.

- Carie Kuhn , Savannah, Ga

I met Leslie several years ago when she started working at Gould Elementary. What I loved about her is that she was spunky, a straight shooter, willing to help any and EVERY time!! She lovingly called me B( short for Baker) and great sense of humor. No worries anymore Davis, no stress, God said come home my child. I’m surely gonna MISS YOU!! I’ll live off the memories, and knowing you’re at rest now!! Love you my forever friend.

- Maria Baker, Savannah, GA

I am so sad to hear of Leslie’s sudden passing. As a long ago Foxcroft neighbor and Eastside classmate of Cliff and Leslie’s, I remember her kindness and fun spirit. Sending my deepest condolences and hugs across the miles to the entire Hefner-Davis family.

- Beth (Brent) Lohr, Cincinnati , OH

I was so sorry to hear about Leslie. She was such a sweetheart! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ian and family. I know "T" sure did love your Mom too! We love you guys and are here for anything you may need. Sincerely, Momma-Kandy

- Kandice Logue, Savannah, Ga

I met Leslie at Georgetown Elementary and she was everything that everyone is sharing today, a very sweet and loving person. I pray that the Lord will keep her family, especially her sons and strengthened them during this difficult time. Be Blessed!!!


My prayers are with you all. GOD BLESS

- Linda Oatis Williams, Savannah, GA

This is terribly heartbreaking. My condolences to all the family of Leslie. Ian and BJ, I am thinking of you both at this time.

- Yinessia, Atlanta , GA

Ian, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't personally know your mom but reading all of the wonderful things people are saying shows how lovely she must have been. You are absolutely precious to me and many others. We are all here for you during this time. Prayers for your entire family and anyone who loved your mom.

- Macy Coleman, Hazlehurst, GA

So sorry to hear of Leslie's passing. We worked together at Gould. She was a giving person and went the extra mile for her students. She was always volunteering. She worked with my daughter at Georgetown and she would always ask about her family. She cared about you and you knew it. She LOVED her boys! Take comfort in knowing she is sitting at the feet of Jesus.

- Brenda Collins, SAVANNAH, GA

Mrs. Davis will be missed. She was so full of life each time you see her with that big Clemson smile on her face. She was such a tease especially with me giving they were not my team. RIP Mrs. Davis we love you but God loves you best. ❤️

- Classie Patterson, Richmond Hill, Ga

I met Leslie at Georgetown Elementary School she have always been a sweet person treated the Custodian Staff with the utmost respect. My prayer is that God will continue to Bless her sons give them comfort and understanding. My Condolences for her Family.

- Beverly A. Dempsey, Savannah, Georgia

With an irrepressible smile, quick wit and a candor all her own Leslie was as independent as any person I have yet encountered. A truly one-of-a-kind soul. Miss you friend....

- Carl E Stein, Ed.D., SAVANNAH, Georgia

Met Leslie and her boys at Georgetown Elem. We were a part of the 2nd grade team together for a number of years. Ian & BJ, without an ounce of doubt, the two of you were her heartstrings. ♥️♥️ She loves you beyond measure. She may be gone in the physical, but you shall remain clothed in her love for always. May The Lord bless, comfort and strengthen you as you walk through this life’s valley of sorrow. Ms. M. Reynolds

- M. Reynolds, Savannah, GA

Oooooooo sweet Leslie , I have jus received news from my mama (Freida Porzio) your ex long time boss and friend that Jesus has called you home. Leslie, when my kids started going to Georgetown elem years ago, mama was the principle, I remember one day I was in mamas office , all of a sudden I heard didn’t see but heard , this laughing , loud, funny voice coming around the corner, she blew in like a windstorm and jus spoke with me like you knew me from years ago, I said mama who is that , I really like her personality she’s funny . From then on we got closer, my kids came over (Logan) to play with Ian , we had girlfriend grownup times and went dancing and jus spent time laughing , then after we both got busy later in life our lives went different directions and we loss touch. But I often thought of you and would reminisce. Leslie, I know your in heaven with The one and only Dixie culver another Georgetown great teacher and your friend in crime. Best two teachers when my kids were at this school. Leslie , I will miss you and think of you often . You are a pretty soul that lights up the room whenever and wherever you are there. It’s time to rest now my friend, until we alll meet again, your friend Trey. ………9/2021

- Trey (cook) Hamm, Savannah , Ga

I had the blessed pleasure of hiring Leslie as one of the outstanding teachers at Georgetown Elementary in its early journey. Loved her positive spirit, kind heart, and willingness to do whatever it took to ensure student and organizational success. She was a delight to have on the team. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I can see Leslie smiling from above!!!!

- Dr. Annie Wimbish, Vernon Hill, VA

Mrs. Davis will be truly missed. I worked with her at Gould before she retired and when she came back to sub. Whenever she would see me in the hallway she would say " hey little Davis" and I responded "hey big Davis". She had such a great energy and love to give. Praying for the Davis family.

- Elizabeth Davis, Richmond Hill, Ga

Doris and Johnny so sorry for your loss.

- Linda Ross &Rosa Eisenstadt, Greenville, SC

There are a few things in life that are truly unforgettable and the relationships we had at Georgetown Elementary are one of mine. Leslie Davis was a outstanding person I got to know since Ian and BJ were friends with my boys. My heart is broken for you all and I’m praying the Lord will comfort you and give you His peace.

- Wanda Tanner, Savannah, Ga

Doris and John and family: We are so sorry to hear about Leslie. What a tragic loss! You have our deepest sympathy! Judy and Hugh Pennell

- Judy Pennell, Greenville, SC

Our deepest condolences. You are in our prayers

- Jerry and Gloria McQuaid, Greenville, SC

Dear Cliff, Valerie & family, we are so sorry for your loss, it sounds like she was a very special lady. Please know that we are praying for you as you go through this difficult time.

- Keith & Cindy Hall, Richmond Hill, GA

My friendship started with Leslie when she taught with my daughter, Carie Phillips Kuhn, at Georgetown Elementary. I knew the minute I met her, we would be friends. Carie introduced me as “My Mama”. Leslie called me “Carie’s Mama”, “Mama”, Mama Sue, and later “Susie Q”. She had nicknames for everyone in her life! She was a friend to everyone she met and helped them in every way she could. She was at the hospital the day my granddaughter was born. She helped Carie’s family move many times. She even helped me clean out my garage!! Most recently she has help take care of Ralph, Carie’s son/my grandson. He loved her. She took him on walks, swimming, and did whatever he wanted her to do. She called him “Ralphie”. Our whole family will miss sweet Leslie. She was a blessing in our life. Sue Frankland

- Sue Frankland, Savannah, Ga

I met Leslie in 2000 at Georgetown Elementary. She was a joy to work with. She was always happy and full of energy. She was fun to work with. She will greatly be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Especially her two boys she loved dearly. Rest In Peace Leslie you deserve it. Love you forever, Joanne

- Joanne M. Oglesby , Garden City , Ga

We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Leslie's family at this difficult time. Sincerely, Diane Pinckney

- Chatham 911 Communications Services, Savannah, GA

Leslie was an amazing girl. I remember her well, from high school. She was as fast as lightning on the track. She was kind to all. She was always mindful of how her actions reflected on her family. She treasured Cliff. I will always remember her beautiful eyes, her beautiful smile and her laugh. Our sympathies to all for the loss of a sweet spirit.

- Towers & Kathryn (Kinder) Rice, Easley, SC

Dear Johnny and Doris. I can only imagine how heart broken you are, we are so sorry and want you to know we are thinking about you in this unforeseen tragedy. Our prayers are you. Love June and Steve

- June and Steve Larsh, Greenville , SC

Our condolences from our family to yours… Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. Psalm 30:11-12 Remain Blessed and Encouraged

- Mr and Mrs Chibueze Mba, Buckeye , Az

She will be missed. She was one of those people the could always put a smile on your face when she saw and would always go out of her way to speak. We won’t forget you and will always remember you.

- The Hargroves, Savannah, Ga

Leslie is such a blessing to family and humanity. Such a gift from God! Being created in God’s image, Leslie reflected the Godly compassionate personality of caring for others like family. When she returns in paradise, she will be happy to be surrounded with lovely people. Psalms 37:10,11,29 We are confident that Christ’s Kingdom government will reverse these sad conditions. Rev 21:3,4 With eternity in our heart, we will live as God intended., “Enjoy Life Forever”. Love & Prayers, Sandy Wirfs

- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe,, LLouisiana

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel