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Richard Davis Sr., also known as "Pop," lived a full and meaningful life. He was born in Mount Vernon, Alabama on January 29, 1944 and passed peacefully on March 24, 2023, at the age of 79. Pop was surrounded by his loving family when he was met by the open arms of Jesus.
Richard was a loving husband of 58 years to his wife, Ola Davis, and proud father to his six children, Richard Jr. (Dawn), Bryan (Barbi), Ray Sr. (Sarena), Mary (Wayne), Hollie (Manuel), and Melissa, and was also a father figure to Sheila Byrd and Angela Rivers. Richard cherished his grandchildren, Christopher, Jeremy, Brittnay, Andrea, Ronnie, Austin, Marley, Deanna, Tiffany, Joseph, Courtney, Ray Jr., Mackenzie, Richard, Marianah, Jesse, and Princeton; and thirty-two great grandchildren and was always there to offer guidance and share his wisdom. Richard also leaves behind his dear friends, Stanley Byrd and Tex Byrd; and brothers, Bill Monroe Davis (Cassie) and Kevin Lucas Rivers.
Richard was a well-known welder who worked many years at Alabama Shipyard before retiring after 20 years at International Paper. He then transitioned to a new career as a truck driver for 10 years. However, his greatest accomplishment in life was being married to his wife for 58 years, and they loved spending time together. They enjoyed peaceful moments together, sipping coffee in the comfort of their home.
Pop had a loving and warm heart. His infectious laughter and jovial attitude made everyone feel welcomed and happy. People always knew when Pop was around, they could smell the aroma of his freshly brewed coffee. He was a lifelong member of St. Theresa Catholic Church and had a strong faith in God. Pop cherished every day that he had on this earth, and lived life to the fullest.
Pop had a passion for the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He had a special spot in his heart for his time spent fishing in the local rivers around Mount Vernon, Alabama. Pop's passion for nature extended further to his love for traveling with his wife. They often packed up their travel trailer and embarked on scenic road trips to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. These were some of his happiest moments, away from the bustle of everyday life.
Thinking back on the life that Richard Davis Sr. lived, it's clear that he was a towering figure in his community and among his loved ones. His warmth and kindness were contagious, and it was hard not to feel happy around him. At the same time, his many years of diligent work demonstrated his outstanding work ethic and dedication to his craft. He succeeded in everything he put his mind to, and that is a testament to the incredible individual that he was.
The world lost one of its brightest lights when Richard Davis Sr. passed away. The memories he leaves behind will be cherished for generations to come. Above all else, Richard will be remembered for his love for his family, his faith, his hearty laughter, and his passion for life. May he rest in peace knowing that he lived an exemplary and fulfilling life.
Sadly, Richard was predeceased by his parents James Davis and Addie Louise Rivers, his granddaughter Ola Jordan Gunn, his son-in-law William Weaver, and his niece Dana Byrd. While Richard may no longer be with us, the love and memories he shared with his family will be treasured for generations to come.
A wake will be held for Richard from 6pm until 9pm Monday, March 27, 2023, at Freeman Funeral Home. Rosary will begin at 5:45pm. The Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11am Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at St. Theresa Catholic Church with Rev. John Coghlan officiating. Burial will follow in Byrd Cemetery. Pallbearers include Chris Davis, Jeremy Dees, Ray Davis Jr., Richie Valladares, Austin Davis, and C.J. Davis.
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Freeman Funeral Home - Citronelle, Alabama
Monday, March 27, 2023
6:00 - 9:00pm (Central time)
Freeman Funeral Home
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
11:00 - 11:45am (Central time)
Saint Theresa Catholic Church
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
12:00 - 1:00pm (Central time)
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