Thursday, June 7, 2012
TV star returns home
By SUE WATSON
Television actress Cassi Davis was graduation speaker at H.W. Byers in May.
Friends of the actress and Holly Springs native were instrumental in arranging for Davis to be the featured speaker, according to Jerry Moore, superintendent of education for the Marshall County School District.
“She attended H.W. Byers during her elementary years, and her parents actually taught there,” Moore said. “Several of the teachers at H.W. Byers, who were once students there and now teach at Byers, are still friends with Ms. Davis. They asked her to come speak and she arranged her schedule so she could be there.”
Davis arrived early and visited with all the students before the graduation ceremony, he said.
“We really enjoyed spending time with her,” Moore said. “The students had one of the more memorable graduations and she touched their lives forever, whether she realizes it or not. We just appreciate her willingness to be a part of one of our graduation ceremonies.”
Born July 11, 1964, Davis attended Spelman College and graduated from there in 1988. She is most known for her role as Ella Payne in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne television series.
Davis has done extensive work with Perry, a director and writer, and has played many roles in his various productions – like Madea’s Family Reunion and Daddy’s Little Girls.
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