Funeral services for Horace W. Davis will be held Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Heflin Methodist Church in Heflin. Officiating will be Rev. Carol Heard and Rev. Paul Carroll. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. today (Friday, Dec. 28, 2012) at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
Horace was born in Provencal Sept. 1, 1918 to William B. and Mary Emma Davis and entered into rest Dec. 27, 2012 in Winnfield.
He was one of 13 children. Two of the 13 died as babies. He was raised with six brothers and four sisters on a small farm in Gandy. He later moved to Castor and worked at the local sawmill until he was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 23. He also served in the United States Air Force. He started out in the Horse Calvary, which later became the mechanized army. He spent a year in Australia, and then he was sent to New Guinea to fight in World War II.
After he returned to the states, he moved back to Castor where he built and ran Davis Café. Later he moved to Heflin and went to work in the Heflin Sawmill as a saw filer. He then joined the pipeline and traveled all over the world and retired 20 years later.
His parents, William B. and Mary Emma Lee Davis; brothers and sisters, Howard Davis, Hoyt Davis, Hershal Davis, Jerry Davis, Ottis Davis, Clyda Faye Baten, Lexa Lee Alcott and Billy Ray Davis preceded him in death.
He is survived by Mary Cox Davis, who was his wife for 42 years; daughters, Lisa Vines, Lila Sayers (Larry), Arleen Crowley (Jim), Jackie Aaron (Gary), Susan Metts (Shane) and Tammy Bauldin (Michael); grandchildren, Tiffany (Bryan), Blake (Andi), Mandy (Mark), Chris, Ryan, Caitlin, Samantha, Johnny, Steven, Anthony, Josh, Matthew, Rhiannon, Rebecca, Brandon, Patyn, Daryn and Evynn.
He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Jagger, Carly, Brayden, Kaleigh, Aleah, Kenzlee, Jade, Jacie and Madison; brothers and sisters, Don, William B Jr., Frankie and Betty Jean; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Ms. Cathy Lee for all the times she took care of him.
Pallbearers will be Mark, Blake, Anthony, Chris, Josh and Johnny.