- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Eight-year-old Whitney Davis probably has a better understanding of mortality than her peers.

Her grandmother, Diana Goad, owns a funeral home in Scottsville where her mother, Gwen Davis, also works as a funeral director and embalmer. Her father, Darren Davis, is the Allen County coroner.

Whitney is a second grader at Allen County Primary Center. When she’s not in school or playing softball, she answers the phone at the funeral home, greets visitors and directs the placement of delivered floral arrangements.

There’s even much more serious work.

The Bowling Green Daily News (https://bit.ly/1nxrPj3 ) reports Whitney recalled the story of traveling with her grandmother. The pair stopped at a restaurant in Tennessee. Their waitress asked if Whitney was spending the night with Goad.

Whitney replied, “No, we’ve been to pick up a body.”

The waitress never returned to the table.

Whitney’s first-grade teacher, Valarie Powell, said Whitney tries to be a friend to everyone.

When a family friend’s wife died in January, Whitney wrote a letter of comfort.

“She was always somebody that I could count on. She is a hoot,” Powell said. “When you have a child like that who exudes love and joy, it makes even the hard and dark times more manageable. She is someone that everybody wants to be around.”

Gwen Davis said that as a toddler, Whitney wanted to pat each body at the funeral home on the shoulder after they were placed into a casket.

Once when her mother told Whitney that an indigent man had no loved ones to pay final respects, Davis watched her daughter lean in to the man’s remains to tell him, “I love you.”

Whitney said she doesn’t view death as something to fear. When people die, they are in a better place, she said, pointing up.

“I do have a friend who is afraid of dead bodies because she’s afraid they will come back to life,” Whitney said with a chuckle.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.bgdailynews.com

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