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James William Davis

  • Birth 24 Sep 1912 Inola, Rogers County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 31 Aug 2004 George West, Live Oak County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 17215685

Mr. James William Davis, 91, retiree of the U. S. Bureau of Mines, died at 8:55 a.m. on Tuesday in George West, Texas.

An Oklahoma native, James William Davis was born at Inola in Rogers County on September 24, 1912. He was the son of Guy Leroy and Estelle Viola (Clay) Davis. The attending physician at his birth was Dr. Bushyhead, the son of the Chief of the Cherokee Nation, and the first cousin to Will Rogers.

James was reared and schooled in Inola, transferring to Claremore his junior year, where he was Salutatorian of the Senior Class of 1930 of the Claremore High School. James received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, but could not enroll due to health reasons, and instead attended the Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University) at Stillwater enrolling in advanced ROTC and completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry in 1934. He and the former Miss Vera Hatcher were united in marriage on August 4, 1935 at Stillwater, Okla. and they made their first home there. Mr. Davis worked for the Oklahoma Highway Department providing chemical analysis of road materials, until called into service at the outbreak of World War II.

During the war, he served in the South Pacific as a Division Chemical Officer, while receiving three battlefield promotions to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was awarded two Bronze stars, one with the oak leaf cluster. During the Allied liberation of the Philippines under General MacArthur, Major Davis served as Guerilla Warfare Liaison Officer to the Philippino resistance fighters. It was in this capacity that he developed a strong friendship with the future President of the Philippines, Ramon Magsaysay, which lasted for years after the war. When the Korean war broke out, Mr. Davis was again called to serve his country. He was Assistant Commander of an Infantry Battalion. He retired from the military as Colonel, and returned to civilian life and his chosen profession as a Research Chemist, and later Health Physicist, for the Bureau of mines Petroleum Research Center in Bartlesville.

After his retirement from the Bureau of Mines, Jim and Vera relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1990 to be near family. Mrs. Davis preceded him in death on September 8, 1992 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Jim married Edna E. "Patsy" Patterson of Corpus Christi on April 29, 1995 in Corpus Christi and they made their home there until 1998 when they became residents of George West, Texas.

Jim and Vera were early members of the Limestone Methodist Church. Jim served as Chairman of the Building Committee when the congregation built East Cross United Methodist Church. Mr. Davis was constantly involved in his church and community service activities. He was president of the Bureau of Mines Credit Union; president of the Limestone Lions Club; Scoutmaster of the Dewey United Methodist Church Troop; Committeeman to Limestone Scout Troop 15; the Bartlesville Toastmasters and Technical Advisor to the Bartlesville Science Fair.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Edna E. "Patsy" (Patterson) Davis of the George West, Texas home; four sons, Benjamin Neil Davis, Hartford, Arkansas, David William Davis and his wife, Kathryn Kahn, St. Louis, Missouri, Martin Clay Davis and his wife, Rebecca and James Douglas and his wife, Laura all of Corpus Christ, Texas; a step-daughter, Mrs. Erin K. Fox and her husband, William, of Pettus, Texas; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Sept. 5 in the East Cross United Methodist Church, Bartlesville, Okla. with Dr. David George officiating. Committal prayers and interment will be directed in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville, Oklahoma by The Arnold Moore Funeral Service.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 17215685
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James William Davis (24 Sep 1912–31 Aug 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17215685, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Flowers from Sandra (contributor 46856258) .