|Service Date:||July 18th, 2007|
PAUL W. DAVIS
Roanoke - Paul W. Davis, 85, of 505 W. Prairie Roanoke, IL died at 11:05 pm Sunday July 15, 2007,at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.
He was born Oct. 19, 1921 to George and Flo Dildine Davis in Douglas County Illinois. He married Geneva Matthews Feb. 21, 1940 in Bloomington, Il. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Sherry (Gary) Garber, Metamora, IL; Connie (John) Nafziger Gahanna, OH; two sons, Danny (Diana) Davis, Roanoke, IL; Ron (Christa) Davis, LaMoille, IL; adopted children, Trudy Davis, Texas; Jeffery Davis, Eureka, IL & Matthew Davis, Roanoke, IL; foster children, David and Debbie Leonard; two sisters, Thelma Becker, Stanford, IL; Virginia Bonzer Missouri; eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mildred Downing; Shirley Davis and two brothers, Forrest Davis and Gerald Davis.
Paul was engaged in farming for a short time earlier in life. He served his country in during WWII by working in a defense, ammunition plant. In 1946 he purchased then operated Wiley-Evans grocery in Stanford. He later designed and operated a feed mill and store. He operated that agri-business until 1968. Paul then worked as a district salesman for Honeggers feed company for the next 11 years in Iowa and Michigan. In 1980 the Davis’ returned to Illinois and made their home in Mason City where Paul established a wood working shop. His woodworking developed into specially designed furniture pieces. Paul retired in 2000 and moved to Roanoke, IL.
Paul attended the Eureka Bible Church where funeral services will be held at 10 am on Wednesday July 18. The Rev. Tom Swanson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Tuesday and from 9-9:45 am on Wednesday both at the Eureka Bible Church. A 2 pm grave side service will be held in Allin Township Cemetery in Stanford, IL. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke or to the Eureka Bible Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnsonharris.com.