History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

The Davis Funeral Home has a seventy-year reputation for outstanding service and is well respected in greater Boston. The late Norris G. Davis founded the Davis Funeral Home in 1935. He started his business in a storefront at the corner of Humboldt Avenue and Townsend Street in Roxbury. 

In 1950, he followed the industry trend and moved to the large Victorian home where the Roxbury funeral home is housed today. After his death in 1967, Helen Young Davis, his widow became the owner and operated the business for thirty-four years. Rebecca Ridley joined the Davis Funeral Home in 1990 first as an apprentice and then as a licensed funeral director. She worked for Mrs. Davis until she purchased the home in 2001.

The Mattapan property has been a funeral home for more than fifty years. The Boyko family built the funeral home and operated it serving the large Ukrainian community that settled in that section of Boston. In the 1970’s a demographic shift led to an influx of African American residents. In the mid 1980’s Jesse Corbin, purchased the home and operated the funeral home until his retirement in 2004.


Our Valued Staff

Rebecca  Ridley

Rebecca Ridley, Owner

Ms. Ridley has been with the Davis Funeral Home since 1990 and purchased the business in 2001. Ms. Ridley graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and received a Diploma in Funeral Service from Mount Ida College. She has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 1992. Ms. Ridley has lived in the greater Boston area all her life.
Ms. Ridley is a board member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and a board member of HEARTH, Inc.; an organization that supports elders at risk for homelessness.

Rebecca has served on the Governor's African American Advisory Commission and the faculty of the FINE Mortuary College in Norwood, MA.


Priscilla Mathis

Priscilla Mathis, Funeral Director

Priscilla Brown is a certified funeral director and licensed embalmer who began her career in funeral service as an apprentice at the Davis Funeral Home in 2003. She grew up in East Cambridge, attended Cambridge Public Schools and is an active member of Abundant Life Church in Cambridge. She is a graduate of the FINE Mortuary College.

Priscilla finds professional satisfaction when she exceeds the expectations of the families she serves. She is married and enjoys spending time with her family.