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Davis, Annie Lee (Palmer)


Annie Lee Davis, 88, passed away Sept. 7.

She was born in Eagle Lake Feb. 22, 1922 to Ola Mae Bailey and Linzie Palmer. Later in life she married Booker T. Davis. No children were born to this union.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 11 at Ben Davis Chapel in Columbus. Interment followed at Alleyton Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 2010

Davis, Cherrie Lee (Blackmon)


Funeral services were held for Mrs. Cherrie Lee Blackmond[sic] Davis Friday, December 11 from St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home. Inc. with Rev. H. Sims, Pastor, officiateing.

Burial was at City Cemetery.

Mrs. Cherrie Lee Blackmon Davis was born September 25, 1912 to Samuel Blackmon and Ophelia Brown Blackmon in Austin County.

She attended school in Austin County and confessed a belief in Christ at an early age. She became a member of' Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Church where she served as an usher and a choir member.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to Mr. Wash Davis June 8, 1957.

Mrs. Davis became a member of St. Peter and Paul A.M.E. Church, where she worked faithfully for many years. She later became a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, where she served as superintendent of Sunday School, a member of the Choir and a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Women Organization.

She was active in the community, serving as president of the Riverside School Band Club, president of the Gladiolia Garden Club, a Sr. Matron of Golden Sheaf Court No. 19 H of J.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, Wash Davis, mother and father, Sam and Ophelia Blackmon , two sisters, Mattie Newson and Gladys Brown and three brothers, Fred Blackmon, Ernest Blackmon and George Gillum.

She leaves to mourn her passing one daughter and son-in-law, Annie Mae and Robert Hargrove of Columbus; one step-son, Willie B. Davis of Dallas; three grandsons, Deshon and Jeremy Hargrove of Columbus and Benjamin White of Houston; three brothers, Mr. Lee Roy Anderson of Houston, Rev. Samuel Blackmon of Austin, and Rev. Bennie Blackmon of Bellville; three sisters - in - law, Hester Anderson of Houston, Mrs. Georgie Gillum of' Houston, and Mrs. Bennie Blackmon of Bellville; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Leo Hargrove, James Hargrove, Thurman MitchelI, Jerry Hargrove, Eddie Glover, Sam Burford, Sam Burford[sic].

Colorado County Citizen, December 17, 1987

Davis, Clarissa

Alleyton Locals

One of the oldest (if not the very oldest) citizen of our little hamlet died on Friday night last and was buried in the Alleyton Cemetery on Saturday--Clarissa Davis by name, an aged colored woman, well spoken of by the white citizens and highly respected by the colored people, they will miss Aunt Clarissa.

Colorado Citizen, February 8, 1883

Davis, Ervin Wayne


Ervin Wayne Davis, 36, of Houston, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1996.

Born Aug. 7, 1959 in Eagle Lake, he grew up there before moving to Houston where he attended school. Mr. Davis was a graduate of the Job Corps Center.

Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment followed in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery. Serving as both active and honorary pallbearers were family and friends of Mr. Davis.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Houston; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon Davis and Louis Barrow of Eagle Lake; brothers and sister-in-law Ronald Eugene and Harriet Davis of Houston; grandmother, Lucille Roy of Eagle Lake; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, including Kenneth Davis, Georgina Davis, Ronald E. Davis Jr., Mitchell Davis, Dynisha Davis, Alimad Davis, Juonicque Davis, Ashley carroll and Daisha Davis; and a grandchild, Dre’vea La’Marc Morris.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby L. Davis and a brother, Earnest Wayne Davis.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1996, page 14

Davis, Eugene Stewart, MD

Eugene Stewart Davis, MD, 58, of Eagle Lake, passed away Sept. 23, from injuries received in an auto accident in Eagle Lake.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio April 15, 1943 to Joe Walter and Ethel Lois (Wiemers) Davis. His early childhood years were spent in Georgetown, where his parents first met. The family moved to Donelson, Tenn., near Nashville, in 1954. He excelled at an early age, was an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow, attended Donelson High, a six-year high school, was president of his class, seventh though eleventh grades and was president of the student body and served as "Donelson don," school mascot, his senior year. He was All State choir and All State Chorus for four years. He lettered in football five years, track four years and basketball one year. He was a National Merit Scholarship finalist and his graduating class salutatorian.

He returned to Georgetown to attend Southwestern University. He was a member of Alpha Chi and member of PKA Fraternity, and treasurer of the Honor Council. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1965 … He attended and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in December of 1968, and participated in a rotating internship with an emphasis on surgery and a second level Surgical Residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas from 1969 to 1971.

Davis entered the United States Navy Medical Corps., serving in McAlestor, Okla. - first, as a Junior Medical Officer and then as Senior Medical Officer. He was discharged from active duty in July 1973 and transferred to Inactive Naval Reserve and received an Honorable discharge with the permanent rank of Lieutenant Commander.

He resumed post-graduate medical training in 1973 and completed a residency with the University Family Medicine Clinic, University of Oklahoma Family Practice Residency in 1975 and was Board Certified in 1975.

Davis had a private practice in San Marcos from August, 1975 through March, 1988. Since then he has worked with Primus Clinic in Killeen and was a Unit Health authority with the Gatesville Units of the Texas State Prison System. He was also Medical Director of the San Saba Medical Center and worked with the Richmond and Brenham State Schools. In addition, Davis did…

He was a Diplomat, American Board of Family Practice and had held membership in Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and American Medical Association.

Davis had been resident of Eagle Lake for the past three years and recently fulfilled a lifelong ambition to be involved in teaching young people by substituting in Rice CISD campuses.

He was a member of San Gabriel Masonic Lodge in Georgetown, Graham Masonic Lodge in Brenham, Austin Valley of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 32nd Degree, and Ben Hur Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Austin.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Churchwell Davis of Eagle Lake; daughters, Kama Davis of Dallas and Kristen Davis of France; sisters and brothers-in-law, Edith and Al Loveland of Bandera; Mary and Phil Arnold of Hermitage, Tenn., and Beth and Michael Hime of Nashville, Tenn.; and brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Camilla Davis of Greenville, N.C.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 29, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Ron Benedick, pastor of El Campo Church of Christ officiating. Masonic Rites were under the auspices of Eagle Lake Lodge No. 366 A.F. & A.M. Cremation and committal services will follow at a later date with interment in the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

The family had requested memorials be directed to the Shriners Hospitals forChildren, 6977 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030-9817

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 2001
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Davis, George

George Davis, a well-known colored drayman of this city, died last Saturday morning from the effects of internal injuries received while lifting a heavy organ. He was buried Sunday morning at the colored people’s cemetery west of town.

Weimar Mercury, May 19, 1894

Davis, Henrietta (Johnson)


Henrietta Johnson Davis, 63, of San Francisco, died Monday, Aug. 7 in San Francisco.

Born Dec. 7, 1931, in Matthews, she was the daughter of Monroe and Clara Johnson Sr. She attended E. H. Henry High School in Eagle Lake. On June 5, 1958, she married Andrew Davis after moving to San Francisco, where she was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Aug. 17 at Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Coby Shorter Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Anthony D Johnson, Edward Johnson Jr., Willie J. Johnson Jr., Willie J. Johnson Sr., Lewis Matthew and Warricke Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Edward J. Johnson Sr. and Monroe Johnson Jr.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her sister, Marie Williams of Eagle Lake; brothers, Edward Johnson Sr. and wife Louise and Monroe Johnson Jr. all of Texas City; four nephews, two nieces, great-niece Ashley M. Johnson, four great-nephews and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Colorado County Citizen, August 23, 1995, page 16

Davis, Jane

Aged Negress Dies

Aunt Jane Davis, about 90 years of age, died in this city last Sunday. Aunt Jane was a slavery negro and was known by many here [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 17, 1924

Davis, John Arnold

John A. Davis, Civil War Vet, Succumbs At 98

Having passed his 98th birthday in May, John Arnold Davis, the county's last Confederate veteran, died quietly at noon Tuesday at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mayor and Mrs. E. E. Irwin.

Mr. Davis had been confined to his bed for only two weeks, and was active enough prior to that time to vote in the primary elections on July 27.

One of his greatest pleasures in his later years was to recall the trip he made with his grandson, Joe Weldon Davis, to a Confederate reunion at Gettysburg sometime ago. He was one of the surviving veterans in Texas.

Birthday Celebrated

His birthday reception had become a tradition for the past eight years, Mrs. Irwin extending open house on each occasion so that Mr. Davis could visit with his friends with whom he liked to recount his experiences in the war between the states.

Born at Spartanburg, S.C., on May 2, 1848, he was a son of John and Sarah Elizabeth Westbrooks Davis. He served with Hood's Brigade in the Confederate army in his early 'teens, coming to Texas after the war as a young man and settling at Elgin where he took up farming. He was married to Mary Gage of Elgin who died in 1928. He came to Columbus 16 years ago to make his home with the Irwins.

Funeral Wednesday

Funeral services were held at Columbus Funeral home Wednesday at 2 p.m. and burial was in Elgin. Rev. D. E. Hogan of Weimar, life-long friend of Mr. Davis, officiated and was assisted by Rev. W. M. Davis of the First Baptist church here.

Pallbearers were Charles Rutta, Lee Hastedt, Ellis Miller, W. H. Miekow, W. G. Dick and Dr. W. W. Gunn.

Besides Mrs. Irwin, he is survived by another daughter, Miss Eura Davis, and one son, Claude Davis of Columbus.

Surviving grandchildren are Mrs. James R. Grubbs, Roy Lee Davis, Joe Weldon Davis, Doris Nell Davis and Mrs. M. E. Wallace Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, August 15, 1946
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Davis, John Kinney

Items From the West End of the County

Kinney Davis,one of our real old time citizens, died at the residence of his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Seydler of this city, Wednesday night, and was laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery Friday afternoon, after a period of ill health lasting for several years. He was a native of Grimes county, a retired farmer, and had lived in this city and section for many years. He was a kindly, good man and much beloved by our citizenship. He is survived by two brothers, David Davis of Lufkin and Robert Davis of Columbus and one sister Mrs. Maggie Mansell of Katy.

Colorado County Citizen, December 11, 1941

Jno. Kinney Davis Dies This Morning; Funeral Tomorrow

Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock for Mr. John Kinney Davis, 82, who died today at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Seydler of this city; with whom he had made his home for the past several years. The Rev, C. Emigholz will officiate at the services, which will be held from the Hubbard Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery here.

Mr. Davis, known to his many friends here as "Grandpa Davis”, was a retired farmer, and for the past two years had been in poor health. About two weeks ago he suffered a stroke, from which he was unable to rally. He died at about 7 o’clock this morning.

He was born in Grimes County November 10, 1859. In 1900, he was married to Mrs. Christina Seydler, in Houston. He had been a resident of this county for fifteen years, having formerly lived at Holman.

Surviving are two brothers. Dave Davis of Lufkin, and Bob Davis of Columbus: and one sister, Mrs. Maggie Mansell of Katy,

The Mercury joins many friends in extending deepest sympathy to the family in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, December 5, 1941, page 1

Davis, Joseph Weldon

J.W. (Stinky) Davis

January 19, 1919-January 24, 1980

Funeral services for Joseph Weldon (Stinky) Davis, an employee of the Columbus post office for more than 30 years, the last 29 years as carrier on Route 1, were held Saturday at Henneke Funeral Home.  The Rev. Clarence James officiated.  Mr. Davis died at Columbus Community Hospital Jan. 24 after a long illness with cancer.  The Columbus Post Office flag was flown at half-mast Saturday morning in Mr. Davis’s honor.  Mr. Davis joined the Columbus Post Office staff in November 1947, as a substitute clerk and became Rural Route 1 carrier in November 1950.  During his career as carrier, Route 1 grew until it had 375 boxes and served 467 families.  He received several safe driving awards and won “Driver of the Month” award for the Austin Sectional Center in December 1975.  Mr. Davis was born at Elgin, Texas on Jan. 19, 1919, and his family moved to Columbus when he was small.  He was a graduate of Columbus High School.  He served in the European Theatre of Operations during World War II and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on the field after having advanced from private to first sergeant.  He was transferred to the South Pacific in May 1945 and served there until his discharge in December of that year.  Mr. Davis was also former commanding officer of the National Guard Unit in Columbus.  The Masonic Lodge in Columbus participated in the last rites for Mr. Davis.  He was a member of the Arabia Shrine Temple.  Mr. Davis got the nickname, “Stinky” from a cartoon, “Toonerville Trolley,” that is no longer printed in newspapers.   Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen Davis; his mother Mrs. Ora Davis of Columbus; a daughter, Mrs.  Ray (Marion) Savage of London, and a son, Paul Davis, of Slidell, La.; two sisters, Mrs. Claudine Wallace of  Bryan and Mrs. Jim Langley of Pasadena, Texas; and two step-daughters, Mrs. Stan Scruby and Miss Margurite Rehnquist.   Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Floyd Weishuhn, Elbert Cassell, C.L. Prause, Charles Klein, Max Rogers and A.F. Werland.   Employees and retired employees of the Columbus Post Office were honorary pallbearers.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 31. 1980
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Davis, M. E. Ola (Allen)

M E Ola Allen Davis

The life of M E Ola Allen Davis came to a close in Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:35 a.m.

She was born in the Vox Populi Community, Colorado County to Henry and Ester McGrew Allen on July 18, 1908.

Ola was reared and attended school in Vox Populi.

At an early age she confessed her hope in Christ, was baptized and united with the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Reels Bend Community, under the pastorage of A.R. Ditto.

Upon moving to Eagle Lake she united with Friendship Baptist Church with the Union Baptist No. 2 to the present Providence Baptist Church. She was a faithful member and served as an usher, member of Mission I and Sunday School.

In 1927 she was married to Lucian Davis. No children were born to this union.

Sister Davis was affiliated with the A.H. Simmons Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 217 for many years. She served as the chapter's Monthly Matron 29 years.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband; parents; stepdaughter, Alma T. Tillman; step-grandsons, Louis Tillman and Billy Ray Tillman; and lifelong cousin, Rev. I.T. Hewitt, Sr.

Survivors include three step-granddaughters, Dorothy Tillman and Willie B. Jones both of Houston and Joyce Coates (Kenny) of Eagle Lake; step-grandson, George Tillman of Eagle Lake; step-great-grandchildren; devoted cousins, Arie Frazier (Robert) and Andrew Hewitt both of Eagle Lake; other relatives and friends.

A home going celebration service was held Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. from Providence Baptist Church with Rev. Coby Shorter, Jr., officiating pastor. Interment followed in Rising Star Cemetery in the New Town Community. Arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Willie Dancy, Roosevelt Carson, Jr., Sam Dancy, Terrance Scarlett, Robert Davis, Derrick Frazier and Robert Parker, Sr.
Honorary pallbearers were Alex Woolridge, Johnathan Tillman, James Tillman, Jeffery Tillman, Troy Tillman and T. Derrian Coates.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 19th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Davis, Mary (Montgomery)

Services Held Sun. For Mrs. Mary Montgomery Davis

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Montgomery Davis, beloved nonagenarian and lifelong resident of this community were held Sunday, October 23rd, 1955, at the Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. F. Parke Smith officiating. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Davis passed away last Friday, October 21st in Laughlin Hospital after a lingering illness of many months.

Serving as pallbearers were H. A. Dromgoole, F. M. Dromgoole H. H. Fitzgerald, R. B. Powell, G. M Cason and John Chumney.

Mary Montgomery was born on February 14, 1865, to Robert Fulton and Frances Jane Montgomery on their farm near Matthews. She was a livelong resident of Colorado County,

She married Weldon Edward Davis on January 13, 1884. To this union was born five daughters: Kate, Christine, Ethel, Mildred and Weldon.

She was a faithful member of the Episcopal Church and devoted to her family and friends.

Survivors include four daughters Kate Burger, Ethel Stubenvoll, Mildred Harbert and Weldon Shacklett. Also surviving are two grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Among those from out-of-town attending the funeral services were: Mr. and Mrs. P H. Cauthan; Mr. and Mrs. P H. Cauthan, Jr., Judy, Paul and Mary Cauthan of Trinity Texas; Mrs. J. B. Cox, Claude Brewer, Mrs. Ella Whatley, Mrs. M. E. Guynn, Virginia Guynn, Mary Jacqueline Oliphant, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Smith, Mr. and Mrs. George Foster, Mrs. Sam Monroe, Mrs. C.A. Brooks, Mrs. Preston King, Sara B. Parker, Mrs. Cleveland Guynn, Mrs. E. McHenry, Kathryn McRee, Mrs. Ivy Bauereiseh, Mrs. Camille Friedrich, Mrs. Edna Beaird, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Brown Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Graf, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Hash, Jean and Katharine Keller, Mary Kate Berkley, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Browne, Mrs. Lucille Byrom, Mrs. J. W. Yancy, Mrs. Whitt Johnson, all from Houston.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 27, 1955

Davis, Mahaley/Mollie

Eagle Lake, April 14.--Will Davis, a negro, it is alleged, shot and killed his wife, Mollie Davis, this morning, using a shotgun. The load took effect in back of the head and death is supposed to have been instantaneous.

According to reports, Mat Robinson, his wife and his sister, the dead woman, were in a wagon going visiting, when they were met by Davis with a gun. Davis commanded Robinson to stop. Robinson stopped the team, getting out of the wagon,and went to meet Davis, who ordered him to stop and at the same time fired at him. Robinson escaped injury.

Davis, it is said then ran to the wagon and shot his wife, presumably as she was jumping from the vehicle. Davis afterward made his escape to the bottom.

All the parties are negroes and the tragedy happened on the Walker farm in the bottom. Davis had been separated from his wife and had been out of the county, and his sudden appearance this morning was the first known of his return. Officers are in pursuit. [ Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 18, 1908, page 8

Davis, Nealie (Mingo)

Mrs. N. Davis Funeral Held Here April 13

Funeral services for Mrs. Nealie Mingo Davis of San Antonio were held Friday, April 13, from Mt. Arie Baptist Church here, with burial in Paradise Garden.

Rev. I. T. Hewitt officiated.

Mrs. Davis died April 8, in the Evergreen Care Center at San Antonio.

She was the daughter of William and Emily Mingo.

Born here, she moved to San Antonio and was married there to July Davis, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ema Starkley of Haysville, Maryland, Mrs. Betty J. MacRall of Dover, Delaware, and Mrs. Dorothy Davis of Lanham, Maryland; two brothers, Will Mingo of Washington, D.C. and Rev. U. S. Mingo of Houston; two sisters, Miss Blanch Mingo of San Antonio and Mrs. Sapphire Mingo of Haysville, Maryland; and seven grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, April 19, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Davis, Ora E. (Fletcher)

Ora Davis

Funeral services were held for Ora Fletcher Davis February 11 at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Ora Fletcher Davis, 93, was born January 14, 1891 in McDade, Texas, to William A. Fletcher and Texanna Sowell Fletcher.

She was united in marriage to Claud V. Davis July 4, 1909. She was a resident of Columbus for 50 years before moving to Pasadena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claud Davis, and two sons, Roy and Weldon Davis.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. M. E. (Claudine) Wallace of Bryan and Mrs. L. J. (Doris Nell) Langley of Pasadena.

Pallbearers were Allen Reyer, Paul Davis, Jimmy Grubbs, Bill Wallace, Jerry Duggan, and Mike Murphey.

Honorary pallbearers were Jim Langley, Pat Murphey, and Truman McMahan.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, February 16, 1984, page 2

Davis, Philip E.


Philip E. Davis, 84, of Columbus passed away Oct. 9 at Central Texas Veterans Health Center in Temple.

He was born in Davenport, Iowa, Jan. 18, 1919 to Vernon and Maude (Hicks) Davis and married Louise Evelyn Pratho June 25, 1938. The retired nursery and landscaping business owner was a veteran of World War II where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was also a member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 29 in Harker Heights.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Louis E. Drews Sr.; and brother Clifton Davis.

He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Herrmann of Dallas; grandchildren, Tammy Lynn Berning of Austin and Louis E. Drews Jr., of Taylor; great-grandchildren, Louis E. Drews III, Anna R. Berning and Mason A. Berning; 10 nephews; and two nieces.

Graveside services were conducted Oct. 13 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with the Rev. Sammy Carr officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, October 15, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Davis, Raymond Benton

Death Claims Prominent Garage Owner

Raymond Benton Davis, prominent Eagle Lake business man and owner of the Davis Garage, passed away at nine o’clock Sunday morning.  Mr. Davis had been in poor health for some time, but became seriously ill only last Thursday morning.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at four o’clock from the Mill Funeral Home with Rev. O. E. Linstrum of the Colly Memorial Methodist Church officiating.  Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetery.  Mr. Davis was born December 2, 1888 in Dodd City, Texas, the son of Rev. and Mrs. C. C. Davis.  His father was a Methodist pastor, and he was the oldest of eight children in the family.  He was graduated from Iowa Park, Texas high school and later attended Peacock Military School in San Antonio.  During summer vacations he trained at the Peacock Naval Training School in Corpus Christi.  He completed his college education at St. John’s University at Manlius, near Brook University at Manlius, near Buffalo, New York.  In 1915 he married Miss Florenre Burlingame in Buffalo and during World War I he was associated with the Bethlehem Steel Company in the making of torpedoes in Brooklyn.  In 1920 the family came to Eagle Lake to make their home.  He almost immediately became interested in Boy Scout activities, and served for many years as Boy Scout leader and executive.  To his credit goes much of the progress of scouting in Eagle, and many a boy now grown to manhood recalls with pleasure and pride of his scouting days served under the able and considerate leadership of this gentle and conscientious man. 

Mr. Davis particularly treasured two associations in Eagle Lake—the Boy Scouts and the Eagle Lake Rotary Club.  During the 20 years he was a Rotarian he maintained a perfect attendance record.  He truly lived the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”  His young daughter, who has been spending the summer in California hurried home on learning of his illness.  Survivors include his wife, daughter, Joan, son Charles Edwin (Buddy); his parents, Rev. and Mrs. C. C. Davis of Iowa Park; two brothers, Hu[r]bert of Los Angles, California and Edwin of Eagle Lake; three sisters, Mrs. Gilbert Culton of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Dan Kane of Keokut, Iowa and Mrs. James Sewell of Iowa Park.  All of his sisters and brothers were in Eagle Lake for the funeral services, together with his niece and Nephew, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Anderson of Los Angeles.  All, with the exception of  his brother, Hubert, arrived before death stilled the active life of one of Eagle Lake’s most gracious citizens.  His aged parents also arrived for the funeral. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 27, 1948
Transcribed by David Hahn

Davis, Robert

Colored Citizen Died Last Night

Robert Davis, colored, age 66, passed away suddenly at his home Thursday night of a heart attack, from which his physician failed to rally him. Robert was a familiar figure about this community, having lived here practically all of his life.

He was very popular not only with his own race but among the white citizens, where he was respected for his splendid characteristics.

He had been in the employ of S. O. Boothe for 20 years, and Mr. Boothe praised him for his faithful services and commended him fo r his close attention to his duties. The funeral will be held Monday from his church of which he was a deacon. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 18, 1941
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Davis, Robert “Bob”


Bob Davis, about 70, was found dead at his home immediately east of Columbus at about 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head. Judge Griffith of Alleyton investigated and returned a verdict of suicide.

Mr. Davis had been foreman on County Supt. Jim Wooten’s ranch near Columbus for many years. His small farm was located near the overpass east of that city.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters and a son. Another son, “Buddy” Davis, died several years ago.

Weimar Mercury, July 30, 1948, page 1

Davis, Rufus A.
Davis, Oscar

The two children (Rufus and a younger son) of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Davis, who live about two miles northeast of this city, died Monday night of congestion, their deaths occurring about half an hour apart. The children had been sick but a few days and their death was a sad blow to the once happy parents. The Mercury extends condolence to Mr. and Mrs. Davis, and trusts that God will comfort them in their affliction. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, July 5, 1890

Davis, Shelly


Cooper Davis, Negro Farmer, Has Left Eye Shot Pit--His Son, Shelly., Murdered, by Unknown Assassin
While Cooper Davis, a well known negro farmer of the Clear Creek community, his son, Shelley, and a number of other negroes were seated around a camp fire Monday night in Hanzelka’s pasture, at the iron bridge, a few miles southwest of this place, an unknown assassin slipped up on them with a double barrel shotgun. The first shot fired struck Cooper in the left eye, destroying the sight of same. The second shot struck Cooper’s son, Shelley, in the neck and side, killing him instantly. There was an instant scatteration, of course. Officers were notified and went to the scene immediately. Judge W. A. VanAlstyne held an inquest, returning a verdict in accordance with above facts. As we go to press, officers are on the scene, still further investigating the matter, and an arrest is expected at any moment, as a certain party is under suspicion. The killing has created a lot of excitement in the Clear Creek section. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1919, page 1

Davis, Stella Pauline (Ramsey)

Post Special: Columbus, Texas, July 21.--The remains of Mrs. Stella Davis, wife of J. S. Davis of West Lake, La., were committed to earth at Odd Fellow’s Rest in Columbus yesterday afternoon. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Ramsey of this city. She was a most estimable lady and leaves five small children motherless.

Weimar Mercury, July 28, 1900, page 7

Davis, Squire

Squire Davis, a well known negro citizen of this place, died Tuesday night, of Bright's disease, and the remains were buried in the colored people's cemetery [Paradise Garden Cemetery] west of town Wednesday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, September 20, 1912

Davis, Theodore W.

Mr. T. W. Davis Died At Yoakum Yesterday

Mr. T. W. Davis, one of the old and highly respected citizens of Eagle Lake, died yesterday afternoon at the home of his son, Mr. O. R. Davis, in Yoakum. Mr. Davis has been making his home with his son in Yoakum for the past year. He had not been in good health for more than a rear and for the past several months had been confined to his bed. Wednesday he developed influenza which went in to pneumonia by the following morning shortly after which he lapsed into unconsciousness from which he never rallied.

Mr. Davis was born in Noxuhee county, Mississippi, in 1847, and located in Matagorda county in 1868. From Matagorda county he moved to Eagle Lake in 1880, and lived here continuously after that time up until a year ago, when he moved to Yoakum to live with his son. He enlisted in the Confederate Army while in Mississippi, joining the 35th Mississippi Infantry. He was under general Price at the Battle of Corinth, the first fight of the war in which he took part, and was also under the same General at the Battle of Iuka. He was with General Pemberton at the siege of Vicksburg, after which he was with General Joseph E. Johnson on his campaign through Georgia. Mr. Davis was captured by the enemy while on General Hood’s raid into Tennessee, and was held prisoner of war in Camp Chase in Ohio for eight months. He was also captured at the Battle of Corinth, but escaped by night and walked fifty miles back to his command.

Mr. Davis was elected public Weigher in 1894 and served in that capacity until his removal to Yoakum. He has also been a member of the Eagle Lake School Board and has served as a member of the city council.

The body was brought to Eagle Lake on the early train from Yoakum this morning and taken to the family home in this city from where the funeral will be held at four o’clock this afternoon. The remains were met this morning by members of the local Woodmen Lodge, who escorted the casket to the family home. Mr. Davis was one of the only two remaining charter members of the local order of Woodmen. Rev. E. B. McLaughlin will conduct the services at the home this afternoon and the members of the Woodmen Lodge will conduct the services at the grave. Interment will be made at the Lakeside cemetery.

The deceased is survived by two sons, O. R. Davis of Yoakum and Floyd Davis of Smithville, both of whom with their families arrived this morning to attend the funeral. The Headlight extends to them and other relatives its deepest sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 9, 1918
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Davis, Thomas L.

A very sudden death occurred in this city Thursday morning at 5 o’clock--Mr. Thos. L. Davis dying at that time, of paralysis of the heart. Mr. Davis was taken sick last Saturday with a severe chill, inflammatory rheumatism soon afterwards setting it, and at 5 o’clock that morning when paralysis of the heart struck him, he was dead in a second. Mr. Davis was a man of many excellent traits, poor but honest, kind and a friend to everyone, a devoted husband and father, and the possessor of a whole host of friends wherever known. He leaves an almost heart-broken wife and two little children to morn his death. His remains were interred at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Masonic cemetery, a large crowd of sympathetic friends being present to witness the last sad rites and drop a tear to the memory of the departed one. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in the loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1895

The draying business carried on by the late Tom Davis, will be continued by Bert Gaines, colored, who, we understand, will conduct the business in the interest of Mrs. Davis.

Weimar Mercury, January 12, 1895

Davis, Weldon Edwards

Death again laid its hand on the fast thinning ranks of those who wore the gray in 1861 - 1865 and called Mr. Weldon Edwards Davis of this city.

Mr. Davis was public weigher and Tuesday evening a week ago went home complaining of feeling bad; later developing flu.  Monday afternoon while sitting up in bed Mr. Davis developed a bad coughing spell and his lungs gave way on him.  He fell back lifeless.  Scarcely a family in this city but what had still has someone sick with the flu.  The epidemic seems to have taken a stern hold on this burg and no indications are present for a let up.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 20, 1923


Death has again laid its hand on the fast thinning ranks of those who wore the Gray in 1861-1865, and called Mr. Weldon Edwards Davis, of this city.  Mr. Davis died Monday evening at three o'clock, having been ill but one week.  Mr. Davis was a public weigher, and Tuesday evening a week ago went home complaining of feeling bad, and later developed a case of Flu.  It was not thought Mr. Davis was dangerously ill, and he expected to be up and around in a day or two but Monday afternoon at three o'clock while sitting up in bed Mr. Davis developed a bad coughing spell, and his lungs gave way on him and he fell back on the bed lifeless.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday evening at 2:30 at the Episcopal Church in this city, by Rev. A. Inman Townsley pastor of the Methodist church at Columbus, and interment made in the Montgomery Cemetery near Matthews.

Mr. Davis was born in Edinburg, Scotland and came to this country with his parents at the age of four years, settling in Warrenton County where he was reared.  He was educated at Macon, Ga. where he attended Randolph-Macon College until the outbreak of the Civil War when he joined the Confederate army, serving for the duration of the war.  After the close of the Civil War, Mr. Davis traveled a good many years, finally locating at Tyler, Texas where he was married in 1884 to Miss Mary Montgomery.  After this marriage Mr. Davis was only lived at Tyler a short time, moving from that place to Eagle Lake and has been a resident of this city for 39 years.

Deceased was 79 years, 1 month, and 11 days old, and is survived by his widow and five daughters, Mrs. Paul H. Burger of Houston; Mrs. Paul Hamilton Caution of Trinity, Mrs. L. B. Stubenvall of Houston, Misses Mildred and Weldon Davis of Eagle Lake and by three grandchildren,Kathryn Burger and Hamilton and Davis Cauthon.

Mr. Davis was well liked by all who knew him, and was a great favorite of those who had mathematical problems they wee unable to work out, and through this work and by his genial personality, gained the lovable name of "Dad" Davis by all the younger men of the town.

The Headlight joins with the many friends in extending condolence in their hour of sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Saturday February 24, 1923
Submitted by Dorothy Cox


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