|Birth: ||Jun. 29, 1947|
|Death: ||May 23, 2007|
Dwight Dee Davis, age 59, passed away on May 23, 2007, at his home in Leander, Texas, after a heroic four-year battle with cancer.
Dwight was born in Tulare, California, on July 29, 1947, to Delbert and Dorothy Davis. He grew up in Arkansas and Oklahoma and spent many happy summers with his Grandfather and Grandmother Bell, who played a significant role in his life. His family moved to Paris, Texas, when he was sixteen and Dwight graduated from Paris High School in 1965.
Dwight served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1972, during the Vietnam War, as a sergeant in the Military Police. Along with ensuring security on base, he served as pistol team captain, was an overseas courier of nuclear weapons, and removed inebriated soldiers from questionable establishments where music was loud and clothes were scanty.
After leaving the service, he graduated from East Texas State University with a BBA in Human Resource Management and Finance in 1973. While going to school he worked with Fidelity Union Life Insurance and found his calling, remaining in the insurance business for more than three decades.
Dwight met his future wife, Celia Lynn Bazar, when he was selling her an insurance policy. He loved to tell friends that "I sold her the policy and have been paying for it ever since." Dwight and Celia fell in love at "hello" and were married on November 24, 1973, in Greenville Tex., at the home of Celia's parents, Cecil and Priscilla Bazar.
In 1974 their son Chancy was born and the family moved to Greenville, Texas, where Dwight worked as insurance salesman for Southwestern Life. A second son, Brionne, arrived in 1976, the same year Dwight was introduced to the real estate business at the Ken Hale Agency.
In 1978 the family moved to Paris, Texas, where Dwight started his own company, Davis Real Estate and Insurance, and began North Star Construction Company with his father and brother, Gary. Dwight was one of a select group to be certified by TRETA to teach real estate on the college level. He often testified as an expert witness in real estate cases.
In Paris, Dwight became a leader in every organization he joined. A graduate of Leadership Lamar County, he served as president of the Kiwanis Club, Crime Stoppers, Board of Realtors, Jaycees and was chosen as a delegate to the 1983 Rotary International Conference in Uruguay. As president of the Dwight Davis/Muscular Dystrophy Association Jail and Bail fundraiser for five years, he handed Jerry Lewis checks totaling more than forty thousand dollars.
A lifelong student of the bible and active member of the Church of Christ, he served as lay-preacher to rural congregations that could not afford a full-time minister.
In 1996 Dwight and Celia moved to Austin where Dwight served as Regional VP for FIC. In the last decade, he represented outstanding insurance companies including Principle, New England Life and Massachusetts Mutual. Soon after moving to Austin, he became a member of the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry and rose to the rank of 32nd Degree Mason.
On Wednesday nights he played poker with friends, often winning the enormous pot of $20, and on Friday mornings at seven he participated in a Men's Bible Study. Members of both groups became his guardian angels and support team when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. Dwight's greatest joy was helping others. Even as his health deteriorated, his spirit never faltered. In the face of adversity, he retained his humor, courage, and faith in God.
Dwight is survived by his wife, Celia Bazar Davis; sons, Chancy Del Davis, a Texas state trooper of Austin, and Brionne Dee Davis, an actor and playwright of Hollywood, California; his father, Delbert Davis; brothers, Gary Davis and his wife Karla and their children, Kerri, Mark and Jill, Brent Davis and his wife Shannon and their children, Erin, Emma and Eliza; sister, Deborah Davis; and sister-in-law, Sandra Bazar and her daughters, Michael Stephens, and her son, Travis, and Jeanne Robinson.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2007, at 2:00 p.m., at the Westside Church of Christ, 3300 FR 1431 in Round Rock. Interment will be at the DFW National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the Davis Family requests that donations be made to the Dwight D. Davis Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1401, Leander, TX 78646-1401. [Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 6/4/2007.]
Delbert H. Davis (1917 - 2013)
Dorothy Jo Bell Davis (1928 - 2010)
Dwight Dee Davis (1947 - 2007)
Debra D. Davis (1953 - 2007)*
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Dwight served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1972, during the Vietnam War, as a sergeant in the Military Police.|
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