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     Gene Ray Davis, age 77, of Lamar, Missouri passed unexpectedly in his sleep, Monday, February 13, 2017.

     Gene was born October 9, 1939 in Lamar, Missouri to Clint LeRoy and Thelma Blanche (Trout) Davis. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1957, moving from Mindenmines during his senior year. On October 14, 1961, he married Theresa Marie Cronister in Pittsburg, Kansas and together they raised their only child, Randy J. Davis. 

     Gene managed the Safeway store in Monett. Missouri for several years.  He was an agent for the Prudential Insurance Company for 14 years.  He and Theresa owned and operated the Davis Insurance Agency in Lamar for 20 years before retiring in 2002.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church as well as the Metro Club and the Elks Club.  He enjoyed collecting and selling vintage toy tractors and trains. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Lamar Tiger football games.  His grandsons, Wyatt and Morgan, were the joy of his life.

     Gene is survived by his wife, Theresa of Lamar; his grandsons, Wyatt Hunter and Morgan Joseph Davis of Lamar; a sister, Bonnie Braker and the late Leonard Braker

of Lamar; two brothers, Gary Davis and wife Joy of Lamar and Sam Davis and wife Barbara of Alvarado, Texas.

     He was preceded in death by his only child, Randy Joseph Davis, his parents, Clint LeRoy Davis, and Thelma (Trout) Davis; a sister, Betty Lauck Landes; three brothers, Gerald Davis, Boy Lee Davis, and Bill Lauck. 

     Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 pm Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Private family burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

     Prayer service will be 6:00 pm Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends following the prayer service.

     Contributions are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, M.D. Anderson Hospital in memory of Randy Joseph Davis or the Dan & Linda Willis PSU Scholarship Fund, all care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#16 LamarPat Breshears 2017-02-17 14:42
so sorry to hear about Gene - You & the family are in my prayers for God's comfort - HE IS ABLE !!!
#15 Joplin,MoSteve and Tina Dunaway 2017-02-16 21:07
Theresa, we were so sorry to hear about Gene. He was one of a kind. He will be missed . You and the boys are in our thoughts and prayers.
#14 Carl Junction MoHelen Satterlee Bailey 2017-02-16 19:22
words are not sufficient but I am sorry you have this sadness. Some things we just don't understand. Gene was a man who received respect from others because he earned it. He will be missed. God be with you.
#13 Pittsburg,KSDavid and Cherri Hudson 2017-02-16 16:53
Gene was a great guy. We enjoyed visiting with him at family gatherings. He will be missed. Wanted to let you know we are sorry for your loss and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
#12 Girard,KSAnn Geier 2017-02-16 11:14
So sorry and sad to see this news today will be praying for you Theresa....
You were a great friend
#11 Lamar Mo.Jeff Dimond 2017-02-15 19:20
TD just wanted you to know that Karen and myself are thinking of you and the kids!!!! He was a great man and yall were a part of the originals in my life!!! My thoughts are with you... The world is short one more great man
#10 Pittsburg, KsPat and Jerry Waltrip 2017-02-15 16:11
Dear Theresa. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. We always thought of Gene as one of the Gentlemen at Prudential. We have many happy memories of parties and Prudential gatherings when the 2 of you were there. God Bless you.
#9 Lamar, MoMax and Kathy Orahood 2017-02-14 20:21
Oh, Theresa, my friend, we are so sorry!!! Have always loved you and Gene!! He will be missed!! Such a great man!! One of the best!! Too much loss for you in such a short time!! You and the boys are in our prayers!! Love you!!
#8 Jackson Tn.Greg&Barbara Moore&Nan Woodwar 2017-02-14 18:46
Saddened to hear of Gene's passing. He was a great, great friend of our family for many years. We are so glad Gene touched our lives.
#7 Lamar MoConnie Smith 2017-02-14 13:57
Theresa, Wyatt and Morgan.....It was such a shock to hear about Gene. I don't even no what to say, and I no whatever it is will not be enough. He was a very kind and caring man. My prayers are with you all, if I can help in any way please do no hesitate to call me anytime.

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