Denise Lauderdale Davis, 52 of Madison died, Aug. 20 after losing her battle with cancer. Denise was born in Greenwood on Jan. 10, 1962, to Kay and Ken Lauderdale.

She graduated from Canton Academy in 1980 and from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1985.

Denise spent over 20 years teaching at various schools in the Madison County School District and was most recently at Madison Central High School where she served as Department Chairperson for the Special Education Department.

She was married to Jim Davis of Hattiesburg. Denise is preceded in death by her father, Ken Lauderdale. She is survived by her husband, Jim, her mother Kay Lauderdale, brothers Doug (Patti) Lauderdale and Keith (Allison) Lauderdale. Denise is also survived by four nephews and two nieces.

Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home Parkway. Donations may be made to the Madison Ark. or the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.