Joe W. Davis Sr., 79, of rural Smithton, formerly of Saline County, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2009, at Smithton United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jason Veale officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery, south of Marshall. Memorials may be made to Smithton United Methodist Church or Smith Chapel Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born April 17, 1929, in Saline County, he was the son of the late Joseph B. Davis and Hortense Woodsmall Davis. He was raised in Saline County and was a graduate of Marshall High School. He had lived in Smithton since 1959, moving from rural Napton, and was a dairy farmer. He was a member of Smithton United Methodist Church, American Dairy Association, Farm Bureau and Smithton Community Fire Association. On Aug. 28, 1949, he married Vera Vers, who preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 1974. On Sept. 23, 1976, he married Mary Lee Holden Dice, who preceded him in death on Nov. 5, 2007.
Survivors include three children, Charlotte Sidwell of Longwood, Joe Davis Jr. and his wife, Irma, of Houstonia and Donna Bartel and her husband, Dewey, of rural Nelson; five stepchildren, Sheila Dice of New York, N.Y., Mark Dice and his wife, Pat, of Broomfield, Colo., Stephen Dice and his wife, Marilyn, of Houston, Texas, Julie Crawford and her husband, Harlan, of rural Sedalia and Dana Dice and his wife, Julie, of New York; two brothers, Sam Davis of Sweet Springs and Tom Davis of rural Napton; one sister, Nora Thomas of rural Marshall; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; two sons in infancy; one grandson; one brother in infancy, John B. Davis; and one sister, Lillian Johnson.
Additional information provided per family recompense.