People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.. ~George Orwell

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Salutes: Master Sergeant Thomas R. Davis, Sr.

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.

He served 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.