Robert “Joe” Richard Davis
Davis Funeral Home
Robert “Joe” Richard Davis, left this life on September 2, 2017. He was born October 16, 1940 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Ann (Harmon) Davis, of the home; son, Richard Dean Davis and his wife, Kathy Jo Davis; daughter-in-law, Darci Lynn Davis, all of Avery; grandson, Daniel Davis of Cushing, granddaughters, Sarah LeAnn Timmons and husband Karl, of Chickasha, Julia Stewart of Jones, Oklahoma and Cortney Streun of Sulphur, Oklahoma; step-grandchildren, Christopher Gentry and wife Rachael, Amber Nivin, Amy Gentry, Cody Gentry and Gary Bree Cope and Brenden Glen Ferrell; eight great-grandsons and 3 great-granddaughters. He is also survived by one brother, Ted Davis and wife Pauline of Fort Smith, Arkansas and one brother-in-law, Dean Duncan, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and his church family.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Dale Davis, which he could never get over his loss. Also preceded by his parents, Otto and Mae Davis, brothers Gay Estelle Davis and Don Davis, sister Elaine Duncan, his in-laws, Vernon Harmon and Florence (Burden) Harmon and brother-in-law, Bobby Dale Harmon.
He worked in the field of HVAC starting in a sheet metal shop while in high school, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After graduating from High School, he moved to Tulsa, where he worked at Acme Brick CO, as the loading and shipping foreman, where he was working when he met the love of his life, Shirley, meeting her on a blind date. He went back to working in the HVAC field in 1963, as an installer of duct, etc, becoming a foreman over installation, then moving into the service and repair of HVAC equipment. He moved to Avery in 1967, working for Franklin Plumbing, as the sheet metal man, then later owning the company which he had worked for in Tulsa, where he worked on many large homes and also commercial construction, in and around Tulsa, but also working as far away as Arkansas City, Oklahoma. When construction slowed down in the 1980’s, he purchased the equipment to steam clean oilfield equipment, one time working for 16 hours straight, keeping an oil rig thawed, for them to be able to keep drilling. When Oilfield work slowed, he worked in Dallas, Texas as foreman over installation of a plant for Frito-Lay, that job finished and he was superintendent of a 9-story building being built in Dallas. In January 1987, he was hired to go to Long Beach, California, moving and leaving his family behind, much to his sorrow, but was joined by them in November of that year. He worked in Long Beach for two years, Ontario, California for two years, then went into business for himself, working from Southern California all the way to San Francisco area. In 2000, he moved back to Avery and continued in the HVAC trade, working up to two weeks before his death. He was dedicated to his customers, many becoming good friends. He never had to advertise his work, as he was recommended by his many customers. He was a deeply God-Fearing man, who would have done much of his work for free, if not for bills to pay. He loved to go fishing, but seldom took the time. He will be sorely missed.
Funeral services in Sperry will be Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Gospel Assembly Church.
Funeral services in Cushing will be Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Cushing Christian Church.
Burial will follow the Cushing services in the Avery Cemetery.
The family will greet friends on Wednesday evening from 4 – 6 in the Floyd Family Center, East of the Funeral Home.
You may share your condolences with the Davis family at www.davisfh.net.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.