John Henry Davis, Sr., the son of the late Nelson Davis and Lacy Branchcomb Davis, was born in Neeleyville on April 27, 1927, and died at his home near Essex on Jan. 30, 2007, at the age of 79.
He had lived in Essex the past 57 years. He was a retired farmer.
In 1946, he was married to Beatrice Hester in Charleston. She preceded him in death on July 2, 1995.
Surviving are seven sons, Tommy Lee Davis, John Jr. Davis, and Larry Henry Davis, all of St. Louis, Missouri, Randy Davis of Memphis, Tenn., Ricky Davis of Essex, Kenny and Ronnie Dale Farr both of Howardsville; eight daughters, Barbara Tippett of St. Louis, Michelle Davis of Atlanta, Ga., Carolyn Weaver of Arkadelphia, Ark., Jackie Warfield, Gwender Davis and Sherry Davis all of Sikeston, Janice McFerren of New Madrid and Judy Robinson of Salem, N.C.; 45 grandchildren; many many great- grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. Other relatives and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Friends may call on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Cornerstone Missionary Church in Sikeston.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, at 12 noon at the Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in Sikeston with Rev. Ricky Davis of Essex and Pastor Ronnie Webb of Poplar Bluff officiating.
Interment will follow in the Sunset of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of all arrangements.