Billy Davis, 81, of Lewisburg, died at St. Thomas West Hospital on Oct. 10, 2014, surrounded by the people who loved him most.
He was a native of Marshall County, the son of the late Ward and Virgie McKelvey Davis. Prior to his retirement, Billy was the head custodian for Church Street Church of Christ and continued as a member. Before coming to Church Street, he was a valued employee of Carter Chevrolet. Billy was known not only for taking pride in his work, but also for being a man of his word. However, the job Billy loved the most, and enjoyed above any other, was that of Papa.
Billy was an avid bluegrass fan who could play a mean tape recorder and was probably the only reason Walkmans still exist. He was also an accomplished fisherman, who until his death knew a great many bodies of water like the back of his hand. He was not afraid to tackle any project head on, including hundreds upon hundreds of hours in his wood shop or hundreds upon hundreds of airplanes made out of aluminum cans.
In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Hamlin; two brothers, J.W. Davis and George Davis; and a sister, Betty Hester.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Geraldene Pettes Davis of Lewisburg; two daughters, Melanie Stokes of Florence, Ala. and Michelle Head of Lewisburg; one sister, Jovenia Coggins of Melbourne, Fla.; one brother, Don Davis of Waco, Tenn., eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 13, from the chapel of London Funeral Home, followed by burial in Lone Oak Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers included Billy's bluegrass and camping families.
London Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.