Thomas C. Davis, 84, of the Dixon Springs community, passed away Monday, October 15, 2012, at 11:05 a.m. at his home.
Tom was born March 19, 1928 in Golconda, Illinois. He was the son of Raymond “Johnny Green” Davis and Frances M. (Izatt) Davis.
Tom was united in marriage to Bettie E. Martin on August 29, 1952 in Corinth, Mississippi. She survives.
Other survivors include a son, Rodger and his wife Kathy Davis of Simpson, three grandchildren, Jessica Steele of Woodstock, Courtney and Dale Zimmer of Algonquin, Ryan and Tammy Davis of Collinsville.
Three great grandchildren, Abigail Steele, Landon and Kole Zimmer, three sisters – Alice Ledbetter of Benton, KY, Agnes Bender of Golconda, and Mary and Coleman Duncan of Golconda, also survive Tom
In addition to his parents, two brothers, Raymond Davis and Bert Davis, a sister, Margaret Davis and an infant sister, preceded Tom in death.
Tom was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, having served during World War II. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Tom began his working career at the age of 16. He was employed in a number of automobile industry related factories in Detroit, Michigan. He also worked at J and K’s in Golconda for a number of years. Tom was employed by the Illinois Youth Commission and later the Illinois Department of Corrections as an officer at the Dixon Springs Camp. He retired on December 31, 1986.
Tom was a member of the Dixon Springs Baptist Church. He loved spending time with his family and especially cherished his grandchildren. Tom also enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, playing bingo, and gardening. He was a devoted fan of the Chicago Cubs and also enjoyed attending Southern Illinois Miner’s games, and even felt well enough to attend two games this season. Though unable to see the games clearly he was able to enjoy them through Bettie’s “play-by-play” commentary.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, October 18, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Dixon Springs Baptist Church. Pastor Ron Jackson and Pastor David Faulkner will officiate.
Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery, near Dongola. The Beggs-Gurley VFW Post 5222 and the Illinois National Guard Burial Honors Detail will accord military graveside rites.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday at the Dixon Springs Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dixon Springs Baptist Church, 964 State Highway 146 W, Golconda, IL 62938 or the Golden Circle Senior Citizens Center, PO Box 246, Golconda, IL 62938.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.