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2011-12-01 / Obituaries

James “Jim” E. Davis

Sept. 15, 1935 - Nov. 23, 2011

Funeral services for Ret. Lt. Col. James “Jim” Davis, 76 of Austin, Texas and formerly of Blue, Texas, are scheduled for 2: 00 p. m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at the Blue United Methodist Church located at 4184 FM 696 West in Blue, with Rev. Lance Richards officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will immediately follow at the Burns Cemetery in Blue. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Lexington. A memorial service will be held in January in Greenwood, Indiana.

Jim passed away the evening of Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at The Lighthouse at Altenheim in Round Rock, Texas following an 8 1/2 year battle with cancer.

James Elbert Davis was born on September 15, 1935 in Mount Vernon, Indiana to Harvey E. & Hazel M. (Thompson) Davis. He graduated from Indiana University with a Marketing Degree and was united in marriage to Janice Steele on August 24, 1957 in Greenwood, Indiana.

He began his career with the United States Air Force shortly after their marriage and proudly served in the Vietnam War in the 71st Special Operations Squadron, where he flew missions along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. He also contributed to the effectiveness and success of Air Force Reserve air refueling units while at Bergstrom Air Force Base.

Jim retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force on September 10, 1985.

He was a member of the Blue United Methodist Church, the National United Methodist Campers and a former member of the American Legion Post #12 in Lexington.

Jim enjoyed camping, traveling in their RV, watching sports, reading, crossword puzzles and always took an avid interest in politics.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jeanne Ashley.

Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janice Davis of Austin; his son and daughter-in-law, Brad & Jeanne Davis of San Marcos; his daughter and son- in- law, Joyce Davis & Mike Hagye of Bee Cave; his four grandchildren, Chelsea Davis and Happy Davis, both of San Marcos, and Carlianne Hagye and Van Hagye both of Bee Cave; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Katy Flack of Pinellas Park, FL, Doris & Chuck Fletcher of Greenwood, Indiana and Jill & Melvin Chenoweth of Greenwood, Indiana, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Blue United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 116, Lexington, Texas 78947-0116.

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