Denham Springs, Louisiana (September 20, 2018) — Master
Sergeant Thomas R. Davis, Sr. (retired), a native of Beech Grove, Indiana, and
a resident of Denham Springs, Louisiana, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 18,
2018, at the age 86. He led a storied life of extraordinary depth and purpose.
Exactly half of his life was dedicated to the service of our country.
in times of conflict and times of peace. He was involved in historic events
spanning his lifetime, born during the Great Depression, coming of age during
WWII, and participating in the rebuilding of Germany during the Berlin airlift.
He was in the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. He served during the Cold War. His
tours of duty included Iran, Panama, Spain, Thailand, and stateside
assignments. He was a self-made man with an interest in history, human
geography, and his fellow human beings.
He was a dedicated patriot. During his
time of service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good
Conduct Medal (Sixth Award), Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal,
Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam
Gallantry Cross w/ Palm for accomplishing deeds of valor or displaying heroic
conduct while fighting the enemy.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Flora
Edney Voivedich Davis of Denham Springs, Louisiana; sons, Thomas R. Davis, Jr.
of Winterhaven, Florida and Jason Davis and wife Sherry Davis of Inverness,
Florida; daughter, Cynthia Davis Gravois and husband Edward Gravois, Jr. of
Zachary, Louisiana; grandchildren, Edward Gravois, III, Geraldine A. Gravois,
Jason Davis, Jr., Stephanie Lindley, Ashley Davis and Thomas R. Davis, III;
brothers, William Davis and Bobby Davis. He is preceded in death by his first
wife, Geraldine Corey Davis; parents, Claude and Ada Davis; brother, Claude
Davis, Jr.; sister and brother-in-law, Nellie Riffle and Jimmy Roy Riffle; and
granddaughter, Sarah Beth Davis.
Relatives and friends of the family are
invited to attend the visitation at Rabenhorst East, 11000 Florida Blvd. in
Baton Rouge, on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, from 9-11 a.m. A funeral service will
be held in the chapel at 11 a.m. officiated by Pastor Jeff Hilliard. Interment
will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation
in his name to St. Joseph Hospice, 10615 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA, 70809.