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Eunice Jones Davis, 88, certified public accountant in Buffalo and Niagara Falls

Nov. 8, 1929 – July 16, 2018

Eunice Jones Davis, formerly of Buffalo, a certified public accountant who operated her own accounting service, died July 16 in Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Mich., following an illness. She was 88.

Born Eunice Jones in Buffalo, the youngest of three children, she was the daughter of Leeland N. Jones Sr., the first African-American funeral director in the city and one of the first African-Americans to serve on the former Erie County Board of Supervisors. Her late brother, Leeland Jr., was the first African-American elected to the Buffalo Common Council.

She attended School 32 and was a 1945 graduate of Bennett High School. She started in the pre-med program at the University at Buffalo and completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

She became a partner in her family’s accounting business, Jones Public Accounting and Income Tax Service at 399 Jefferson Ave., and later started her own firm, Jones Accounting in Niagara Falls, which she operated for 30 years. She retired in 2001.

She attended Shiloh Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church, then became a member of St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church. She later was a member of St. John Baptist Church. She was a resident of St. John Tower, the church’s senior citizen apartment building, for more than 20 years.

She was predeceased by three husbands, Whitney Temple, Phillip Reed and Donald Davis.

In recent years, she lived with her daughter, Katherine Dorsey Temple, in Southfield, Mich. Survivors also include nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.

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