Col W. Rex, Davis, MD, USA (Retired)
Col. W. Rex Davis, MD, USA (Retired) entered into rest on June 12, 2012 at the Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Unit in Bryan. The family received friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 15th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Graveside services were held Saturday, June 16th at the Giddings City Cemetery in Giddings. Dr. Davis’ friends in the “Been Shot at Club” were named as Honorary Pallbearers.
Dr. Davis was born June 22, 1925 in Floris, Iowa, the son of Dwight Newton Davis and Nevera Refinal (Rupe) Davis. At the end of his junior year of high school, he enlisted in the Navy on July 10, 1942. During WWII, he served in the Pacific Theater in Okinawa, the Philippines and the occupation of Japan. After the war, Rex returned to his parents’ home in Giddings, Texas and completed high school and went on to Texas Lutheran College, Southwest Texas State Teachers College earning a bachelor’s degree. He returned to active duty (ARMY) for a short time during the Korean War and accepted an Air Force Reserve Commission and was removed from active duty so he could continue studying at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, earning his M.D. in June of 1954.
After a year of rotating internship at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, he began his private practice in Texas.
In 1961, Dr. Davis was again called back to active duty, to include a couple of tours in Vietnam, and served until his retirement in 1979.
After retiring from the military, he continued to serve his country as a medical officer in civil service. During his lifetime of service, Dr. Davis was awarded the Purple Heart twice for wounds received in action, April 12, 1942 and again on May 20, 1968 in the Republic of Vietnam. Other awards include Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with one star, American Defense, WWII Victory Medal, Occupation Medal, Legion of Merit, Flying Cross, 18 Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Medical Badge and the Vietnamese Parachute Badge. Dr. Davis has also been featured in The Eagle-Brazos Valley Heroes and The Brazos Valley VA Channel.
Dr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents, a son Daniel Bradford Davis, and a brother Duane Davis.
Survivors include his children, Larry Davis & wife Marilee, Joy Anne Eaton, Kelley Davis Krenek & husband Larry, David Bryan Davis & wife Pili, Drew Benton Davis & wife Jennifer; grandchildren, Stephen E. Eaton, Christopher J. Eaton, Kerrie L. Trueheart, Jonah Davis, Nathanael Davis; great grandchild, Jenna Brooke Trueheart; brothers, Bruce Davis & wife Mollie, Keith Davis & wife Rosalie, Terry Davis & wife Marilyn; and a sister Deloris Davis Hill, sister in law Marlene Davis, and numerous loved nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Dr. Davis’ name are made to Hospice Brazos Valley.