Stephen John Davis, 77, long time businessman, husband, wonderful dad, grandfather, and friend to so many, of Hurst, Texas, left this earth Saturday morning, surrounded by family, after a long and courageous fight with cancer.
Steve was born July 14, 1943 to Earl and Betty Davis of Burkburnett, Texas. He spent his early years there, along with sisters Janice and Debbie, until the untimely death of their mother. At age 13, he went to live with his grandparents on their farm in Devol, Oklahoma where he learned hard work and other skills that would get him through later life. He graduated from Big Pasture High School and attended Cameron College in Oklahoma.
Still a teenager, he was recruited and formed part of a traveling band; “The ElectroTones.” He played guitar and piano, and sang at events all over the south and beyond including beauty pageants, the Grand Ole Opry and the Louisiana Hayride. He even had his own “Steve Davis” fan club.
After returning home, he put on the uniform of the US army and later joined the Texas National Guard, where he served honorably. In that time, he met his true love of 54 years, Linda. They were married in 1966, having two children, Todd and Kimberly. After moving to Houston, and later Oklahoma City, he finally settled his family in Hurst where they remained the rest of his days. He gave his heart to the Lord and, afterwards generously gave of his time to Life Fellowship church in Hurst in music ministry and on the pastor’s council.
Steve was a career salesman. First as a car manager for several prominent dealerships, he later owned his own car business, Steve Davis Auto Sales in Fort Worth. In the late 90s, he left the car business and went into a successful real estate venture, finally retiring in 2012.
Never one to sit still, he had an adventurous side. As a private pilot, he often flew out of the former Mangham airport in Smithfield or Meacham Airport. He loved motorcycles and horses and other things that drew from his days on the farm.
His other great joy was the time he invested in his grandkids, making sure he bragged to anyone and everyone how wonderful they were at baseball and soccer; rarely missing a game. He also enjoyed grilling, a good card game and a good movie, preferably a western or one with John Wayne. As a closet romantic, “The Notebook” or “Pearl Harbor” was often on tap with his Linda.
We will always love and miss him.
He was preceded in death by his dad Earl “Chick” Davis and Mother Betty, his grandparents, and sister Debbie.
He leaves behind his wife Linda, his daughter Kimberly, a son Todd and grandsons, Alex and Evan. He is also survived by his sister Janice of Houston, an extended close family and a lifetime of friends who were like family.
Visitation service is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Forest Ridge Funeral Home in North Richland Hills from 6-8 p.m.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 3, 2020 at the Burkburnett City Cemetery, Burkburnett, Texas
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