Donald Lee Davis

February 9th, 1924June 8th, 2022

Donald Lee Davis, formerly of Greenville, TX, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 in Erie, Colorado at the age of 98. Donald was born February 9, 1924 at the substation where his family lived and worked. He learned about electricity by watching his grandfather work on the substation’s 22,000-volt DC machinery. When he was eight years old his grandmother, Odessa, visited their home and told Donald about Jesus. He recounted, “Right there in the home I believed.” Later, while riding the trolley his grandfather drove, a passenger wearing a fox-tail fur coat asked Donald what he would like to be when he grew up. She might have been expecting him to say he wanted to be an engineer or a teacher but he quickly replied, “I’m going to be a Pentecostal preacher!” Although Donald never became a preacher, he loved to study the Bible and enjoyed his years as an adult Sunday School teacher. Donald had a fun, dry sense of humor. The “twinkle in his eye” offered a clue that one of his outrageous statements or questions might actually be a joke.

While stationed at Dodge City Army Air Field where British Royal Air Force pilots were sent for training during WWII, Donald, who loved to roller skate, met his wife Esther at the Dodge City roller rink. They married shortly before he was sent to Hawaii to work on planes at Hickam Field. It was there his first son Larry was born. Sergeant Davis was the recipient of the American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal. After his discharge from the Army Air Corp, the family relocated to Tulsa, OK where they had three more children, Rosemary, Robert and Donna. Upon learning of better work opportunities, the family moved to Greenville, TX in 1960. Donald later retired from E-Systems, now Raytheon, at Majors Field on his 65th birthday in 1989.

Even at 96 years old, Donald was very active, energetic and independent. He had many friends around Greenville at various restaurants including drive-through windows where he would frequent. Had his truck not broken down, he would have continued driving around to visit them. He often sat outside to enjoy the sunshine. On one occasion, shortly after his 97th birthday, the neighbor children’s ball came into his yard. He momentarily forgot that he was no longer 40, 50 or even 60 years old and attempted to kick the ball back. He lost his balance and fell, breaking his hip and an elbow. After being released from rehab, Donald moved to Erie, Colorado to live with his son Robert and his family, including five great-grandchildren. They all enjoyed their time with him, taking trips to the Rocky Mountains. The children competed for the chance to bring him a sucker or anything else he needed.

After a very short time of hospice care, God took Donald to his eternal home on June 8, 2022. He was preceded in death, by his wife Esther, son Larry, and daughter Rosemary Edmonds. He is survived by his daughter-in-law Paula Davis, son-in-law Eddie Edmonds, son Robert and wife Marilyn, daughter Donna Bridges and husband Michael; nine grandchildren including Julie McDougal, Krystal Davis, Courtland Edmonds, Greg Richmond, Bob Davis, Darek Bridges, Mark Davis former USAF TSgt, Tim Davis, and SSgt Zach Bridges who currently serves in U.S. Army Band in Arlington, VA; 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Services

A Memorial Service will be held on June 25th, 2022 at 3:00pm at the First Assembly of God Church located at 5702 Wesley St., Greenville, TX 75401.

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