James “Jim” W. Davis, 86, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at [auth] the Veterans Center in Claremore, Okla.
Jim was born on July 13, 1927, to Robert and Beaulah (Fry) Davis in Roswell, where he was raised and graduated from high school. Following high school, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and then was later drafted into the Army, where he served in Tokyo. After returning home, he continued his education at Texas Tech and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of New Mexico. On April 3, 1955, he married Imogene Sawvell in Joplin, Mo. The couple moved to the Grove area in 1959 and became ranchers. Jim was one of the first people in Delaware County to raise free-range turkeys. He was Baptist in faith.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and one son, William “Bill” Davis.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene Davis, of Grove; one son, Michael Davis, one grandson, Michael Lee Roy Davis, who was raised as a son, both of Grove; two sisters: Jean Owens, of Austin, Texas, and Jayne Bower, of Las Cruces; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
No services are planned. Nichols Funeral Service, Grove, Okla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.