James “Cricket” Davis, 82, of Eldorado passed away April 22, 2013, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.
He was born Dec. 8, 1930, in Wasson to Benjamin Franklin Davis and Lucy Muriel (Elder) Davis. On July 31, 1950, he married Phyllis Jane (Etherton) Davis and she preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 2011. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of First Christian Church in Eldorado where he served as deacon for over 35 years and was a youth leader along with his wife, Phyllis. He also played on the church softball league. He operated the score board statistics at Eldorado High School for over 30 years and was an avid Eldorado Eagle fan along with being a life long, die hard St. Louis Cardinals fan. He also drove the school bus for the Eldorado School District for 8 years. Along with his wife, he owned and operated Davis Trucking Company in Eldorado from the 1950’s until the 1980’s. He was a partner in C & D Rebuilders in Eldorado, retiring after 20 years. His hobby after retirement was buying and restoring old tractors.
Cricket is survived by daughters Mrs. Linda (Danny) Cummins of Eldorado, Mrs. Shirley (David) Naas of Eldorado and Mrs. Kandy (Wade) Masterson of Carmi; grandchildren, Cassandra (Tim) Wiemken, Jameson (Samantha) Cummins, Amie (Noah) Stearns, Kenley and Braeden Masterson; great grandchildren, Caden and Colin Cummins and Davis (Davie) Stearns. Also surviving are his twin brother, Thomas E. “Red” Davis of Norris City; brothers-in-law, Clyde Robertson of Creal Springs and David R. Brown of Crestwood, Mo.; sister-in-law, Roberta Sue Barton of Eldorado.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at First Christian Church in Eldorado with Pastor Dennis Robison officiating and burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery in Eldorado. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado and from 10 a.m. until service time at the church on Friday. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Wabash Christian Center, Memory Wing and left at the funeral home. Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.watsonfuneralhome.net