JAMES “BILL” W. DAVIS, JR., 85, of Ironton, Missouri, formerly of Ellis Grove, Illinois, peacefully passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at The Baptist Home – Arcadia Valley, Ironton, Missouri.
He was born to the late James Sr. and Helen (nee Cornette) Davis on August 5, 1937 in Evansville, Indiana. He spent much of his childhood years working on his family farm in Bremen, KY.
Bill married Charlotte Pauline Gibson on June 20, 1959 in Sacramento, KY; she preceded him in death on July 29, 1998. He married JoAnn G. Eaton on June 19, 1969 in Ellis Grove, Illinois; she preceded him in death on December 24, 2021. JoAnn’s death deeply affected Bill, and he never recovered from this loss.
Bill worked for various coal mines across the country during his early years before settling in Randolph County, IL. There he continued to work for the coal company doing various jobs including welding, heavy machinery operator, and repairman. He enjoyed sharing his skills with his farm neighbors as well, often welding or doing other work on neighbor’s farm machinery well into the evening. Bill was proud of the improvements he made to the house and farm, and especially enjoyed his small herd of cattle. Until selling the farm in 2017, checking on the cattle and working in his large garden were some of his favorite activities. Bill and JoAnn enjoyed square dancing for 30 years. The two were very active in the community and traveled extensively to attend square dancing events, always adding friends along the way.
Bill was a member of First Baptist Church in Ellis Grove before moving his membership to First Baptist Church in Ironton, Missouri. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
Survivors include two Sons, John Davis (Bob Kovacs) Salinas, CA, Chester Davis Davenport, IA. Three Step Children, Paul (Kathy) Rogers Mocksville, NC, Suzanne Mollet Prairie du Rocher, IL, Leah Ann (Jim) Donjon Evansville, IL. One Brother, Joe Davis (Ellen)Chesapeake, VA. Seven Step Grandchildren, ten Step Great Grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents and wife.
Funeral Service and visitation was held, Monday, February 20, 2023 at Pechacek Funeral Homes, Chester, Illinois with Rev. Mary M. Wrye officiating.
Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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