Duane Ashley Davis, age 40, of Schertz, Texas, passed away Sunday, May 5th 2013 near Lamar in Barton County Missouri from injuries sustained in an airplane accident.

The son of Franklin and Brenda (Brazell) Davis, Duane was born in Columbia, South Carolina. After attending Lexington High School he earned several accreditations in firefighting and fire service dispatch. Duane also served in the military. His quest for adventure and love of flying was evident throughout his life. He was certified by the United States Parachute Association as a skydive instructor. A lifelong learner, Duane was a 2012 graduate of Wayland Baptist University with a degree in aeronautics. In addition to being qualified in various firearms and public safety venues, he was certified by the National Rifle Association as a firearms trainer.

Survivors include his eight year-old daughter, Ashley Scott Davis, and her mother, Heather Scott Davis of Schertz, Texas; his mother, Brenda Davis, sister Starr Davis, both of Salley, South Carolina; brother, Mark Davis, Orlando, Florida; many co-workers and friends, including his closest friend Alan Whitmere of Schertz, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Davis.

Celebrations of Duane's life will be held in South Carolina and Texas at a later date.


#5 Fort Worth, TexasMindy Teague 2018-06-28 18:45
I met Duane in 2004. We clicked instantly and became fast friends. As the years passed we grew into a love/hate relationship. Anyone that knew him would understand that. He was intelligent, passionate and very hard headed. Our last conversation was not the nicest. So with this message, I want to say that I am sorry Duane. I loved you then... And always will. I can still hear you singing "Wildfire" to me. That will always be my solace. RIP my dear sweet man. Thank you for being a part of my life.
#4 Toledo, IowaSue Micllef 2014-04-18 11:28
A few years back, Duane came to Iowa to do some crop dusting and stayed with us during his time in Iowa. In fact, his razor still hangs in the shower and his empty Camel Snuf box is in the kitchen window. My husband is a skydiver and they kept in touch; he talked to Duane 2 weeks before he died. He know something happened to him but his suspicions weren't confirmed until a month or so ago. Anyone who knew him knew how special he was and that Ashley was the love of his life. Our prayers to his family. RIP Duane.
#3 Grapevine, TxMaurin Phillips 2014-02-17 21:00
Duane was intelligent, pragmatic, and sometimes a bit of a smart alleck but always a friend and always one that could make me smile even if I didn't want to. He is responsible for me going back and finishing my degree. I am eternally grateful to him and I am only saddened he passed before I could tell him. I wish you all peace and comfort in the years to come.
#2 Claremore, OklahomaKeri McDonald- Sappington 2013-07-03 13:31
Duane and I crossed paths during his time at Tinker Air force Base in Oklahoma City Ok, he quickly became one of my best friends and was always there to sarcastically but directly and abruptly give me matter of fact advice. We never lost contact. I will never forget him. Ashley was his most prized possession. He will be greatly missed
#1 Coffeyville, Ks.Melissa 2013-05-16 20:59
To Duane's family - I did not know Duane well or for long but he made an impact on me. I know my words will not dull your pain; just know he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you.
Melissa Hurley

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