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Funeral services for James Darvis Davis, age 82, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 10 o'clock in the morning Friday, August 11, 2017 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Rev. Vernon Lee and Rev. Buddy Johnson officiating. He will be laid to rest at Corine Cemetery.
James was born Aug. 9, 1934, in Jacksonville. He passed away Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 surrounded by his family and friends.
James served as a deacon and music director for many years at Friendship Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He proudly served in the Texas National Guard and the U.S. Army in Alaska as a part of a ski patrol.
James loved God, his family, longtime friends, and sports, especially football and Jacksonville College Jaguar basketball. He enjoyed gardening his beautiful yard, gospel music and visiting with his very special neighbors and friends on Holly Street.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas "J.T." Davis and Thelma (Pugh) Davis. his brothers, Billy Gene Davis, Sr., Don "Corky" Davis; and sisters, Theta Delores Davis and Rhonda Kay Davis.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 59 years, Sylvia (Chitwood) Davis; daughter, Leigh Ann Kuchera of Beaumont; siblings, Stacy Davis and wife Edyth, Dorothy Massey and husband Morris, Pat Chandler, all of Jacksonville, John Davis and wife Phyllis of Kingwood, and Tommy Davis and wife Elaine of Saucier, MS.
James was a proud Paw Paw to Connor Davis Kuchera and Colbye Faith Kuchera, with his favorite saying being "Have I ever told you about my grandchildren?" He also is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.
Pallbearers will be Connor Kuchera, Ricky Richards, Lewie Lake, Gene Fincher, John Caveness, Olen Phillips, Ted Warren, Jack Williams and Anthony Carpenter.
Viewing will begin Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 and friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from 6 to 8 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Published on August 9, 2017
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