James Edward Davis of Bosque County was born on April 6, 1927, at home in Drumright, Oklahoma, to George and Eva Davis. He died on June 6, 2021, at 94 years of age at home near Clifton, Texas.
Jim grew up with his parents and siblings in homes in Texas and Minnesota. He graduated from high school in Olton, Texas where he played tennis and was a part of the yearbook staff. After graduation, he worked in the oil field before serving in Greenland with the United States Coast Guard. With the end of World War II, Jim was honorably discharged. Earning a radio operator’s license at a school in Port Arthur, he supported himself as a radio engineer as he pursued a college education at Texas Tech University and North Texas State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree and his teaching credentials. There he also met the love of his life, Edith Lou Davis, and after they both graduated, they married on June 19, 1952, in Ozona.
Jim and Edith lived near Snyder, Texas until 1962, where he worked for Sun Oil Co. and their family grew with the birth of three boys. Then, they moved to Richardson, Texas, where their fourth child, a daughter, was born. Jim was an active father, serving as the president of Dover Elementary School PTA, a cub master in his boys’ Cub Scout Pack and a leader in their Boy Scout Troop, and a Sunday school teacher at Spring Valley Methodist Church. When he was laid off by Sun Oil, he returned to the classroom as an elementary school teacher and as a student; he earned his master’s degree from the University of North Texas.
In 1979, Jim & Edith moved to Bosque County, where Edith’s maternal grandparents had settled in the 1800’s. Edith’s mother and father provided them a place to stay until the Davises found their own place, and they helped care for her mother and father in their final years. She and Jim settled a place about halfway between Meridian and Clifton where they raised cows, goats, sheep, chickens, bees, vegetables, and flowers. They welcomed children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends.
While in Bosque County, Jim has been a good and faithful servant as a teacher in the Cranfills Gap School where he taught for several years. He has been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Meridian. He especially loved singing as a part of the choir and, occasionally, as a soloist.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, father, and mother; his brothers John L Sullivan, Donald Davis, Leonard Sullivan, and Max Davis; and his sisters Ina Mae Woods and Julia Dosher. He is survived by his brother Bobby Davis and his wife, Carol; his sister Jean; his son, Chris Davis and his wife, Jeanne; his son, Larry Davis and his wife, Sheri; his son Scott and his partner, Charlie Creasey; his daughter, Debbie Ticer and her husband Ronnie Ticer; grandchildren Danny and Courtney Davis, Dee and Collin Myers, Amber Davis, Chase and Caroline Davis, Sadie Davis, Kim and Robert Butcher, Michael and Michelle Ticer, Jessica and Jake Bolin, Christina and Dillon Baker; 16 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Jim’s life will be celebrated in a family memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to North Bosque Helping Hands (PO Box 274, Meridian, TX 76665), the Meridian Volunteer Fire Department (PO Box 722, Meridian, TX 76665) or Clifton Volunteer Fire Department (PO Box 525, Clifton, TX 76634).
Arrangements were made by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas 254-435-2792.
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