Obituary: Lester 'Curly' Davis, 87, of Philadelphia, Mo.
Posted: May. 16, 2016 1:44 pm
Lester “Curly” Davis, 87, of Philadelphia, Mo., passed away at 2:10 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2016, at his home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Philadelphia Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Mo. Rev. Roger Stevens will officiate. Burial, with full military rites by Boots-Dickson American Legion Post #174, will be at Coleman-Ragar Cemetery in Philadelphia, Mo. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra, Mo. Mr. Davis was born Jan. 22, 1929, in Keokuk, Iowa, to Leotis Irwin and Deloris E. Jones Davis. He was married to Betty Ragar on Aug. 27, 1949, in Keokuk, Iowa. She survives. Other survivors include sons, Randy Davis (Linda) of Philadelphia, Mo. and Jon Davis (Daniel Shelton) of St. Louis, Mo.; sisters, Lois Mlyniec (Ken) and Keokuk, Iowa and Lucille Starr (David) of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Lisa Potter (Chris), Steven Fisher, Christina Davis Carlson (Jason), Mandy Davis Welsh (Adam); and great-grandchildren, Brayden, Brennan, Andrew, Aiden, Annelise, Logan, Heidi and Memphis. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Linda Bartz; one grandson, Antar Davis; and siblings, Leslie, Lloyd, Leonard, Bob and Junior. He was also preceded in death by many close friends and family. Mr. Davis was a carpenter, a farmer, owner of the Davis Grocery Store from Jan. 1, 1983 until Sept. 30, 1990, and a maintenance worker. Mr. Davis was a very hard worker, most his adult life he held two full-time jobs. He worked until the age of 79 before retiring. Mr. Davis was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He served in both WWII and Korea. He was a member of the American Legion and the Experimental Aircraft Association. Mr. Davis was a pilot and owned two airplanes in the past. He loved horses and owned Black Arabian horses. Along with all of his other activities, Mr. Davis was a farmer. Not only did he crop farm, but he also had registered Black Angus Cattle. Mr. Davis was an active member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church. He loved listening to Gospel Music. He was a very loving and proud husband and father. Memorial contributions may be made to Coleman-Ragar Cemetery Association or Philadelphia Baptist Church, in care of Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. Pallbearers will be Wayde Mann, Scott Ragar, Kevin Ragar, Jay Ragar, Christopher Potter, James Mann, John D. Sammons and Steven Fisher. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Keller, John Fisher, Tim Bridgeman, Greg Bridgeman, Travis Keller and Lee Crane. Online condolences can be made to www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com.