Herbert W. Davis
1929 - 2015
Herbert W. Davis, 86, passed away Friday, Aug. 14, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, at First Baptist Church with Pastor Glen Pearce and Rev. Edward Downing officiating.
Graveside services will follow at Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Dutton Funeral Home.
Herb was born on March 6, 1929, in Lockney, to Zephaniah and Johnnie (Harris) Davis. He was raised on a farm in Clarendon. He started school in a two room school house outside of Clarendon for elementary, then went to Clarendon schools. Herb received his Associates Degree from Clarendon Junior College and graduated from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, with his Bachelor of Science Degree. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, joining in 1950 where he served four years. He then returned as a civilian for 32 years, working as an instructor and ended his career as a Chief Training Director of Civil Engineering at Sheppard Air Force Base, retiring in 1986. He and Freda Gumpert were married on Jan. 2, 1955, in Wichita Falls and were married 52 years prior to her passing in 2007. He was very active in the church, serving 15 years as a music director at a church in Wichita Falls, was ordained as a Deacon in 1963, served as a Sunday School teacher and Superintendent, was a member of the choir, and was involved in building and mission trips with First Baptist Church of Iowa Park. He was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and delivered Meals on Wheels to the shut-ins of the community.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Zephaniah Davis, Jr., Colvern Davis, and Jerry Davis.
Survivors include two sons, Stephen Davis of Fort Worth, and Phillip Davis of Collierville, TN.; and six grandchildren.
The family suggest memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Iowa Park.
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