J.D. Davis, age 85, of Sweetwater, TX, departed this life on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Jackson officiating assisted by Rev. Robert Sweet. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangement are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.
Mr. J.D. Davis was born on March 29, 1925, in Douglass, Texas to Belton and Molly Jane McGowan Davis. J.D. attended public schools and accepted Christ at an early age. On April 14, 1945, J.D. married Johnnie Mae Flanagan and six children were born of this union — J.V., Frances, A.Z., Alvis, Patricia and Perry Davis.
Moving to Sweetwater, Texas in 1952, he united with Mt. Rose Baptist Church under the leadership of F.K. Williams. He worked for Lone Star Cement where he was affectionately known as "Squeaky" for many years before retiring at 37 years. During his retirement years, he devoted his life to being a deacon at Mt. Rose Baptist Church and other auxiliary within the church. He was devoted to ministering to others. His ministry included providing transportation to those in need, visiting the nursing home and hospitals and sharing stories, snacks and treats to the sick and shut in and was a source of encouragement to everyone he would meet and greet. One of his sources of enjoyment was fellowshipping with those participating in the SNAP program.
He lives to celebrate his life, love and memory, three sons J.V. Davis of Bain Bridge Island, Washington, Alvis Ray Davis of Bremerton, Washington, and Perry Davis of Sweetwater, Texas; two sons-in-law, Roosevelt Lindsay of Kingston, Washington and Shannon Setliff of Sweetwater, Texas; two daughters, Frances Marshall Lindsay of Kingston, Washington, and Patricia Davis of Huntsville, Texas; two daughters-in-law, Mary Davis of Bremerton, Washinggon and Alisa Setliff of Sweetwater, Texas; six grandsons, six granddaughters, six great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters, as well as many nieces and nephews and a host of additional relatives who he lovingly referred to as in-laws and out-laws and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Belton and Molly Jane Davis; his wife Johnnie Mae Davis, son A.Z. Davis, three brothers and eight sisters.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ben Richey Boys Ranch, 501 Ben Richey Drive, Abilene, Texas 79602.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 from 6-8 p.m.