Mark Dean Davis, 52, of Hornersville, Missouri, died on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 7:30 a.m. at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He had undergone six months of intensive hospitalization for inflammation of the pancreas.
He was born on June 17, 1954 on Fort Richardson Army Base at the 5005th Hospital, near Anchorage, Alaska.
He was a man of true and firm beliefs. He stood firm in his convictions and what he said he meant and followed through. He loved life-the fullness of it! He loved the Lord very strongly and we believe if he were here he'd say "Hope to see you up there too!" "Hurry up, I'm waiting!"
He loved hunting, especially rabbits. He was an avid book reader, especially Star Trek and Star Wars! He loved space and exploring space. He'd watch each shuttle launch with such a fascination that he wished he could go to the moon with them, too!
He was a talented man--in school he played the cornet, but at home, he would kick back with his mom and they would work up a boogie-woogie number on the piano. The walls shook!
He is survived by (his parents) Sarge and Mabel Davis of the home; one brother, ; (his sister) Debbie Harmon of Caruthersville, Missouri (his brother) Neal Davis and his wife, Sharon, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, (his sister) Gail Penix and her husband, Bobby Joe, of Hornersville, Missouri; five nieces, Lee Ann and Laura Harmon of Caruthersville, Missouri, Mindy Harmon of Kennett, Missouri, Amy Davis of Hornersville, Missouri, and Shari Palmer of Jonesboro, Ark.; (one nephew) Brandon Davis of the U.S. Navy-Jonesboro, Arkansas; survived also by Laura's children, Jetta and Jayden Tillman of Caruthersville and Mindy's sons Josh and Zack Harmon of Kennett, Missouri, and a special friend, John Moxley of Kennett, he is survived also by Amy's boyfriend, Mark Totte and a host of many friends, relatives and one special friend, Joanie.
He once was employed at Ford Oil Co. with the late John Ford, later he worked with Becky Christians group at Wickers. Seemed trucking and the smell of oil was to soon be in his blood! He had hoped to be able to join the Air Force to follow his father's footsteps--but that was not to be. He was always so proud of his father's military career--that soon they shared another career--trucking.
He went to work for Barley Bibbs, then moved on to work for many miles and many years. He and his dad shared and compared many a trip. They shared miles and many, many smiles. His father and him were joined at the hip--in case you weren't aware. His family was joined at the heart. He valued his family--He couldn't do enough for each of us. He would do without--for someone in the family to get a little ahead. He never moaned or groaned of his shortcomings--He would make a joke of them. He always had a smile--Kind of tilted--then he'd chuckle over the craziness of the moment! When asked in the hospital "How did that feel?" He would smile that smile and raise his hand--rub his fingers together and say with such a pomp that he felt with his fingers! He had such a knack for a quick laugh though his laughter is silenced--Our hearts are full with those past smiles!
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 26, at McDaniel Funeral Service at Hornersville.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Sunday, August 27, at Trinity Community Church at Cardwell, Missouri with the Rev. Kevin Knox officiating.
Burial will be in the Hornersville Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Rick Bibbs, Mark Bibbs, Harold Bibbs Jr., Monte Winkle, Ted House, Marty Moore, Mick Moffitt, Steve Greer.