William Eldon Davis

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William Eldon Davis

  • Birth 9 Oct 1913 Billings, Noble County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 24 Oct 2005 Noble County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Billings, Noble County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 88401501

William Eldon Davis was born October 9, 1913 on a farm east of Billings to John Francis "Frantie" Davis and Estella Maria O'Donnell Davis and died October 24, 2005.

He was baptized in Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Billings.

He went to Elkhorn school for one year with Edith Caskey (later Mrs. George Bellmon) teacher. He attended St Joseph's Academy in Enid for seven years under the Sisters of Divine Providence, then three years in Billings High School, lettering in track and graduating in 1930 at age 16 as salutatorian of his class.

After six years helping on the farm, he entered Enid Business College, graduating in 1937 to work for the George E Failing Company as a commercial artist and photographer until his retirement in November 1978. He also did photography in his spare time, including portraits, groups and over 500 weddings before retirement. He continued his photographic career well into his eighties.

In Business College he met former school teacher, Ruth Minnix and they were married January 13, 1946 in St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Enid and she passed away February 14, 2003.

He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree; and the Enid Camera Club for many years.

To this union five children were born: Judith Ann, Mary margaret, Brian Francis, Eileen Elizabeth and Kathleen Sue. All five children attended Catholic Memorial High School in Enid. Judy is now Mrs. George Schroeder of San Antonio, TX; Mary Margaret is now Mrs Chris Andrew of Gainesville, FL, Brian married Mary Beth Meredith and together they own and operate Port Lugano in Enid, Eileen was married to David Thain and died suddenly at age 29. Kathy is Mrs. Ralph Cannon and they live in Sacramento, CA. There are 18 grandchildren and 21 1 ? 2 great grandchildren.

He is survived by his children; daughter Judy and husband George Schroeder and their children: Suzanne and husband Chris Throop and grandchildren Max -- Eli; Julie and husband Laurent Fouillet; son George Schroeder Jr; daughter Mary Margaret and husband Chris Andrew of Gainesville, FL and their children; Melissa and husband Jeff Patrello and grandchildren Dylan, Madison, Boone, Tex and Dutch; Jennifer and husband Joe Lamy; Benji Langford; Jeff Andrew and wife Gina and grandson Sam; Shane Andrew and wife Devonia; and Kristi and husband Sergio Avalos and grandchildren Juan, Laura, and Teo; son Brian Davis and wife Mary Beth and their children: Bridget and husband Johnny Chandler and grandchildren Jessica, Jacob and Jordan; John Davis and wife Leslie and grandchildren Shelbie and Sydnie; Daniel Davis; James Davis and wife Kelli and grancdhild Kennedie; and Charles Davis and wife Holli and granddaughter Madelyn; daughter Eileen's children; Jerry and Sherry Thain; and daughter Kathy and husband Ralph Cannon and children; Rob Cannon and grandchildren Robby Cannon and Isabella Cannon and daughter Sara Cannon.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth and daughter Eileen Thain.

Recitation of the Rosary for William Eldon Davis will be said on Friday, October 28 at 7 pm at the Ladusau-Evans Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday the 29th day October, 2005 in St Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Enid, OK. Father Larry Kowalski will officiate.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. in the Billings Catholic Cemetery, Billings, OK. Arrangements made by Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

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  • Created by: Roger Vick
  • Added: 11 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88401501
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Eldon Davis (9 Oct 1913–24 Oct 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88401501, citing Billings Catholic Cemetery, Billings, Noble County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Roger Vick (contributor 46868454) .