Funeral services for William E. “Bill” Davis, 88, of Rockdale will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in New Jerusalem Interdenominational Church in Rockdale. Burial with military honors will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale. Pastor Dennis Brooks will officiate.
Visitation is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home.
Mr. Davis died Sunday, July 28, at his home in Rockdale.
He was born June 5, 1926, in Sherman to Ezra and Roberta (Copeland) Davis.
Mr. Davis was a 1942 graduate of Clarksville High School.
He entered the U.S. Army on July 23, 1943, where he served during World War II and was honorably discharged on Nov. 3, 1946.
Mr. Davis attended Oklahoma State and Baylor University for his bachelor degrees.
He came to Rockdale in 1969, where he worked as an engineer with Texas Utilities.
After his retirement and marriage to Adelfa, he received a master of biblical studies and doctorate of ministry from Institute For Teaching God’s Word and a doctor of philosophy degree from Minnesota Graduate School of Theology.
Mr. Davis was a member of New Jerusalem Interdenominational Church.
He married Elizabeth Davis and they had two daughters. He married Mildred Tidrow on Dec. 29, 1965, and she brought two daughters to this union. After her death, he married Adelfa A. Galvan on Aug. 26, 1995.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred Davis on Jan. 2, 1994; a grandson, Blake McLemore, on July 9, 1977; and a great-grandson, Mason Doyle McCoy on Jan. 3, 2002.
Survivors are his wife, Adelfa A. Galvan Davis of Rockdale; two daughters, Margaret Redburn and husband Larry of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Gail Smith and husband Verlin of Jennings, Oklahoma; two stepdaughters, Brenda Tovar of Rockdale, Barbara Nauert and husband Gilbert of Taylor; and a sister, Janelle Chew of Wimberley; also, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Chad Pyeatt, Justin Praesel, Dustin Toungate, Arturo Galvan, Michael Mayberry, John Garcia and Wayne Galban.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 963 N. FM 908, Rockdale, TX 76567.