Willis Davis, 83

Willis Hess "Willie" Davis, 83, Wabash, died at 9:48 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at his home.  He was born July 24, 1930 in Paintsville, Ky. to Proctor and Ora (Hess) Davis.

Willie married Deloris Estelle Williams in Paintsville, Ky. on July 16, 1955; she died Nov. 5, 1993.  He was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.  He retired from General Tire in Wabash in 1992, and also worked at Wabash Materials. Willie was a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15, the VFW Post 286, Marion Am Vets, member and Past President of the Wabash Eagles Lodge, and enjoyed bowling and golfing. 

He is survived by four children, Donald (Elvira) Davis, LaFontaine, Ronald (Brenda) Davis, South Point, Ohio, Debra (James) Bidwell and Kimberly Campbell, both of Wabash; four sisters, Jane Cronan, Louisville, Ky., Betty Fawcett, Prestonsburg, Ky., Billie Williamson, Louisville, and Sue Cooper, St. Petersburg, Fla.; brother, Jim (Fran) Davis, Hurricane, W.V.;  11 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his grandson, Chad Bidwell and great grandson, Chadon Frazier.

Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash on Monday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tim Prater officiating.  Burial will be in Johnson County Cemetery, Paintsville.  Friends may call 9:30 a.m.– 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  There will be a service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jones & Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville, Ky. with visitation from 10-11 a.m.

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Posted on 2013 Oct 10