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Jack A. Davis

Jack Alvin Davis, age 83, of Sheldon, passed away Monday morning, September 2, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.      Jack was born February 13, 1930 at Liberal, Missouri, to Alvin and Hazel (Kellogg) Davis.  He entered the U.S. Navy in 1947, serving for five years aboard the USS Boxer during the Korean War.       On August 16, 1952, at Bentonville, Arkansas, Jack married Barbara Ann (Green) and they made their home and raised their family in the Iantha area of Barton County.  In addition to farming, Jack had worked at Lawn Boy and O’Sullivan Industries in Lamar before beginning a 19 year career at 3M Manufacturing in Nevada, retiring as a production supervisor in 1990.  An avid outdoorsman, Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.  He was a talented and generous woodworker, gracing his family and friends with beautiful and useful furniture.  The greatest gift he leaves is undoubtedly his legacy of love for his family, his God, and the Word.  He was an active member and elder of Community of Christ Church.      Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Barbara, of the home; two sons, James Altop, Hobbs, New Mexico and Mike (Melody) Davis, Nevada, Missouri; three daughters, Linda (Bob) Burns, Sheldon, Diana (Paul) Risner, Jasper, Ohio, and Hazel (Jim)Young, Lamar; a brother, Tom Davis, Iantha; four sisters, Betty Sweazey, Arcadia, Missouri, Martha (Gene) Timmerman, Lamar, Connie Fast, Gulf Port, Mississippi, and Debbie (Jamie) Smiley, Iola, Oklahoma; 16 grandchildren, Jason Altop, Jennifer Altop, Lorie Ann Washington, Stephen Jones, Rachel Hart, Heather McCrery, Kristan Burns, Chris Nichols, Josh Davis, Zachary Davis, Breanne Williams, Kyle Riley, Alicia Weber, Abbey Williams, Melissa Colon, and James Young; 21 great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.  Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Sarah Davis; a daughter, Barbara Joann Chambers; a sister, Sarah Yokely; and a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Nichols.       Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Burial with full military honors will be in Iantha Cemetery.
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