CUBA, MO. James E. Davis, 84, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, in the Cuba Church of Christ. A private burial was held in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with all arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba.

James was born on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1923, in Hollywood, Mo., to Samuel H. Davis and Ethel Baker Davis. He married Bonnie Simmons on Jan. 29, 1945, and to this union three children were born. James was a resident of Cuba, Mo., since 1969 after retiring from the US Army Airborne as a paratrooper. He served in three wars, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars. His military action in World War II was with the 509th parachute battalion that was the most decorated and the only battalion to be declared entirely killed in action. During the Korean War, he was a member of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat team. He was a part of the advanced party of the 101st Airborne Division to Vietnam and also served with Headquarters 5th Special Forces Group.

James was a life member of the American Legion of Hornersvill, Mo. And a previous officer of Cuba City Police and a deputy of Crawford County Sheriffs Department.

On April 22, 2002, James married Darlene Mathews in Cuba, Mo. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, traveling, and playing bluegrass music. He wintered at Oakdale RV Park in Glen Rose. He was a member of the Cuba Church of Christ and most enjoyed his daily Bible study.

James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bonnie; two brothers, Robert and Dewey Odel Davis; brothers-in-law, Dwight Farmer and Gene McClure; and stepdaughter, Linda Eagleson.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene of Cuba, Mo.; daughter, Constance Davis of Irmo, S.C.; sons, Vance Davis and wife, Gina, of Lakeworth, Fla., and Kevin Davis of Cuba, Mo.; brother, Don Davis and wife, Sue of House Springs, Mo.; sisters, Gladys Farmer of St. Louis, Mo., Maxine McClure of Fredericktown, Mo., and Thelma Jademan and husband, Bob, of St. Louis, Mo.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Roger and Wes Mathews and families of Kirksville, Mo.; six step grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Published March 27, 2008

Glen Rose Reporter