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William Senter "Bill" Davis, Jr
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Birth: Feb. 23, 1904
Johnson County
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 2000
Kings County
California, USA


Bill Davis, age 95, was a resident of Hanford for over 50 years, coming here in 1944. He was born the middle child of 11 children. He met his wife, the former Margaret Louisa Brothers, when she was a student at Norfolk School of Nursing in Virginia. They were married in 1931 and had marked their 64th wedding anniversary. They had one son, William Senter Davis III. Louisa died in 1996.

Bill was a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer. Before joining the service, he was a wood worker and a self-employed carpenter.

He was widely recognized by his wooden, hand-crafted bow ties. One day he came across a pattern for wooden bow ties in the local newspaper. He figured he could make his own patterns and ties for considerably less than the merchant was charging. Thus was born a hobby and passion. Bill had over a dozen wooden ties in his collection; each one had a story. In Bill's home there was a sofa sized portrait of the Lord's Supper, carved out of wood. There were over 1,000 pieces of cut, shaped, and glued wood in this work of art. He made a swing for the front porch of the old church parsonage. When that house was sold the swing was returned to the Davis'. Bill also loved to grow roses and his yard was full of them.

Bill became a member of the Hanford First United Methodist Church by Certificate of Faith April 2, 1972. He and Louisa were in church every Sunday and the Lord was very much a part of their lives. In 1995, Bill generously gave of his time and talents in refurbishing and refinishing the chairs in the nursery. These chairs had been given back to the church from the preschool as unusable. Thanks to Bill, the church now has some very lovely chairs, fit for use once again.

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  Margaret Louisa Brothers Davis (1905 - 1996)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: JC
Record added: Dec 16, 2011
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