Don B. Davis, born February 3, 1930 in Quitaque, TX, departed this life March 10, 2014 in Edmond at the age of 84. Don was the son of Homer A. and Ulus B. (Newman) Davis.
Don married Edna “Faye” Garrett of Lawton, OK on August 14, 1951. Don and Faye had 63 beautiful years together. Their only child, Greg, preceded Don in death in 2011. Faye and Greg meant the world to Don and he was a devoted husband and father.
Don served in the United States Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 1971 as Chief Master Sergeant. He then went on to serve as ROTC instructor at Warner Robins AFB, Georgia, and eventually transferred to teach ROTC at Edmond High School until his second retirement in 1991. He was a lifelong OU fan who helped his son, Greg, run the Sooner Schooner store in Norman.
In addition to his son Greg, he was also preceded in death by Greg’s wife, Terri Lois Christian, who passed away in 2005, and Greg’s second wife Shawnda, who passed away in 2010. He is survived by his wife Faye, of Edmond, OK; brother Larry Davis and his wife Judy, of Fort Worth, TX; sister Mariann Russell of Lake Charles, LA; two grandchildren, Michael Mason of Norman, OK and Courtney Jewett of Fort Worth, TX; six great-grandchildren; and numerous members of his extended family.
Lunch will be served at Memorial Road Church of Christ, 2221 E. Memorial Road, Edmond, at 12 o’clock noon, Saturday, March 15, 2014. The funeral service will follow at 2 o’clock pm at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly, Edmond, Mark Taylor officiating.
Following the service Mr. Davis will receive full military honors at the graveside in the Memorial Park Cemetery, 13400 N. Kelley, Oklahoma City.
17 thoughts on “Don B. Davis”
In the 27 years since I first encountered CMSgt Davis, I have not seen another Chief match him! Old-school deluxe he was! He had a tough demanding exterior, but was one of the nicest guys you’ll ever know once you worked with and got to know him. For some reason he dubbed me ‘goober’, and I think some folks may have taken that in a negative way, but he didn’t mean it negatively. I can still hear him yelling ‘GOOBER’ from the supply/uniform room, or FLOP, or FLOPHEAD! It’s hard for me to put into words the influence Chief Davis had on me not only in my Air Force career but in life! I feel so fortunate I was able to talk to Chief in December of 13 and let him know that I finally made Chief too, and he was a big part of the accomplishment! Chief Davis, to put it as simply as I can…you ROCK!
My prayers go out to Chief Davis and his family. Like many others, I fondly remember being one of his “Flopheads” from 1988-1990. I have no doubt he “trod the high untresspassed sanity of space, reached out his hand, and touched the face of God.”
Chief Davis and his family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. I too was one of chief’s “Flopheads” from 1988 to 1992. He taught us life lessons that I continuly refer back to till this day! Unfortunately, I have not seen Chief Davis in the last 12 years or so, but he will never be forgotten. His influences played a big part of my early years and helped me become the person I am today. RIP Chief, you will truly be missed.
I knew Chief Davis before I knew him as “Chief” I grew up living across the street from him. He was the reason I joined R.O.T.C. I was 2 years behind my brother who was in R.O.T.C and Chief told my dad that I needed to follow in my brothers foot steps and get as he put it “the knuckleheadedness” out of me. I started working in the smoke filled supply room with him before I even started my freshman year. He was like a second father to me during high school and impacted a great deal of who I am today. May you rest in peace Chief Davis. I love you!
He always knew how to push you out of your comfort zone. He once said I would never be an officer. He gladly ran outside to win my first salute dollar after my commission. I will never forget how proud he was at that moment.
Not much I can add about the Chief than what’s already been written. Thanks, Chief – I’m a better man because of your investment. I’ll never forget you.
The world has lost a great man. I too have found memories of Chief (1985-1989) and even after I graduated from high school, joined the Air Force and came back into town, Chief was one I would seek out. Of course I normally ran into him at Johnnie’s eating lunch. I too can say that a lot of how I am today and the things I’ve done are in part because of Chief. He was proud of all his “flopheads”. He had faith in me as well as so many others. He pushed us to our fullest potential never accepting anything else less. You will never be forgotten. Keep them in order in heaven my friend.
A few may not know this, but it only took 16 years for Don to make Chief. Shows you what kind of NCO he was. I too was one of his flopheads (weren’t we all) from 1979-1983. I’ll always have great memories of working in supply, going to Hardee’s to get him a roast beef sandwich because his blood sugar was low and he was getting cranky (how could you tell right?), and doing basically anything he needed around the building. Not a lot of people have touched as many young lives as Chief did. There needs to be more of that, and I’m grateful to have known him. I’m a better person for the influence he had on my life to this day. He took a shy, introverted kid and made me a leader. I’ll never forget him.
God speed Chief Davis!
Like John stated, there isn’t much I can add that hasn’t been said. Chief was one of the best men I had the pleasure of learning from. He truly cared about his students and made an investment in all of us. I to am a better person for being one of his “flopheads” from 1986-1990, “Ah Foot ” Chief, you will be missed.
Dear Davis Family,
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
May God bless you and give you peace.
Dr. Brook Scott and staff of Edmond North Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians
It sure seems that there are a lot of us that owe you a great deal of gratitude. I remember being many times coming into the blue building. Once situated, seeking you out for instructions. Usually, you were in the back area busy organizing or instructing others in what needed to be done.
After school, those of us that volunteered for the Drill Team would be outside practicing. How many hours did you spend with us? Teaching us how to march, how to work together until we were a seamless unit. How many times did you and Colonel Pitstick instruct us to become men of honor?
I remember the time that I told you I would be preaching at the Edmond Church of Christ and you made a special trip just to listen to me. You and the Colonel were like Uncle’s or second fathers to so many of us. I know you are now with God and even more, I know that you lived your life the way so many of us would like to.
Thank you for all that you did for every one of us cadets,
I am blessed for the influence Chief Davis had upon my high school days between 1981 and 1985. One of the many lessons I learned from Chief Davis was that hard work and effort were recognized and rewarded. He motivated me to become more than I cared to become or thought possible. He instilled lessons in me that have served me well–through college and my entire career. He was a true leader and, looking back, his level of effort and caring that he gave the AFJROTC department and students was incredible. To top it all off, his personality was infectious. They don’t make ’em like him anymore. He was a unique man and teacher and I will never forget him.
Chief Davis was the greatest servant leader I ever met. Don’t doubt for one minute the man was the iron behind the scenes. I lost touch with him but ran into him and his beautiful wife at Homeland many years ago. I have not yet met an Airmen who was as passionate about life as he was. I am deeply saddened to know we’ve lost one of the best…
So many memories of Chief, when I was in ROTC , I don’t know where to start.
Will miss calling you and checking up on you and Faye.Your family is in my prays and thoughts.
I echo everyone thoughts as well. Chief Davis was much more to all of us than just or Chief. He was a loving Father, Husband and Teacher and Man of God. He was also you’re friend, mentor and always had that touch to make you feel better. Thanks Chief for being my Dad when mine wasn’t there for me, your influence in my life help mold me for the person i am today. God Bless your Family. AFJROTC OK-81 , 1979 -1983.
I’m sorry for your loss. Nothing can really fully prepare us for the loss of a loved one. Whatever the case, the pain of death cannot be eluded, and its finality can be devastating. I’d like to share a few bible texts that have helped me with coping with the loss of a loved one. Isaiah 25:8,9 reads: “He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord will certainly wipe the tears from all faces….And in that day one will certainly say: Look! This is our god. We have hoped in him, and he will save us. this is the LORD . we have hoped in him. Let us be joyful and rejoice the salvation by him”. Furthermore, Revelation 21:4 reads: “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more”. Some ask: “If a man dies, can he live again?” “When will the dead arise?” Did you know that Daniel 12;2 reads: “Many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up”. I hope these scriptures have given you some comfort and my condolences again.