HOUSTON, Texas – Jared Williams Davis Jr. of Buckingham Retirement Home, Houston, went to be with his Lord on Dec. 17, 2012.
Mr. Davis was born Nov. 27, 1924, son of the late Nora and Jared Williams Davis of Belleville. He had one sister, Dorothy, who predeceased him.
On Feb. 9, 1946, he married Phyllis Beth Chumbley in the First Methodist Church, Champaign, a marriage lasting 66 years until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and their children, Barbara Davis Branstetter and husband, Miles (Skip), of Deer Park, Texas; and Dr. Kent Davis and wife, Robin, and three grandchildren Hannah, Jack and Olivia Davis of Houston.
He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Jeanette (Chumbley) Buys and husband, Clif, of Charlottesville, Va., and two nieces.
Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Illinois in 1946 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He lettered in tennis at the university.
He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy Reserve in Chicago and was employed by Shell Oil Co. in Houston, Texas, until his retirement in 1989.
After his retirement, he continued his long interest in sports by sailing in the Gulf of Mexico and golfing at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia.
Mr. Davis was a deacon in Second Baptist Church, Houston, and an active member of his Sunday school class.
A service was held at Second Baptist Church Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 22.
A graveside service will be performed at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Roselawn Cemetery in Champaign. Pastor Dick Smith will officiate. Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy, is handling arrangements.