James Houston Davis, age 79, of Clarksville, TN, passed away at home of an extended illness on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
He was born on February 14, 1942, to Edna and George A. Davis, Sr. on their farm in the Pocahontas community of Coffee County, TN.
James graduated from Manchester Central High School, where he was active in Future Farmers of America and earned highest honors with the State FFA Degree. He earned a B.S. degree in Dairy Husbandry from Tennessee Technological University, where he not only met his future wife Linda Kay but also worked on the Tech farm as a student herdsman and was a member of the Tech Dairy Judging Team. He treasured the opportunities over the years to maintain his ties to Tech and its School of Agriculture through their alumni gatherings and foundation banquets for student scholarships. After receiving his degree from Tech, James worked for PET Incorporated and Ralston Purina before returning to Coffee County to help operate his family’s farm. Later, he sold lawn and garden equipment for several distributors. In 1983, he and Linda moved their family to Clarksville, TN. In 2010, he retired from the IRS as a customer service representative, and in retirement, he developed his interest in woodworking with a desire to share his creations with others.
James loved the Lord. He served as an elder of the Hilldale Church of Christ for over three decades and considered this work to be the most rewarding. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of AGAPE, Inc, of Nashville, TN from 1998 to 2004.
The family is particularly appreciative of the loving care and service provided by Home Instead and Tennessee Quality Care over the last few years. A special thank you to Maria Waggoner, who has become very much a part of the family.
James is survived by his wife Linda Kay Johnson Davis and his sons Houston Davis and wife Jenny Segrest Davis; and Matthew Davis and wife Nikki Crowell Davis; grandchildren: Polly, Whitney, Joshua, Katie, and Gracie Davis; siblings: Ewin and June Davis, Flora Mae and TJ Wakefield, Irene Bartlett, and Rexford and Linda Davis. He was a favorite uncle to 16 nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sibling George A. Davis, Jr. and in-laws James Bartlett and Barbara Davis.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, January 29, at 10:00 AM, at Hilldale Church of Christ, with Bro. Steve Kirby officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 28, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at Hilldale Church of Christ, and Saturday, January 29, from 9:00 AM until the hour of service, at the church. Interment will be Saturday, January 29, at 3:00 PM, at Johnson-Lewis Cemetery (1449 Old State Highway 28, Dunlap, TN 37327).
Pallbearers will be Joshua Davis, Nate Johnson, Glenn Davis, Benton Bartlett, Jeff Wakefield, Chris Travis, Steve Harmon, Gary Pope, Brad Carter, and Jack Talley. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Cooksey and the current and past elders and deacons of Hilldale Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, memorials made to AGAPE, 455 Trousdale Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 and the FUEL Program through Hilldale Church of Christ, 501 Highway 76, Clarksville, TN 37043.
Arrangements are entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040; (931) 213-7631. Online condolences may be made at www.nealtarpleyparchman.com.
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