October 5, 1922 ~ October 13, 2008
Arthur Joe Davis Sr. (Son) died on Monday, October 13, 2008 at Centinela Medical Center in Inglewood, California.
Arthur Joe Davis Sr. was born to the union of William and Mattie Davis on October 5, 1922 in Pastoria, Arkansas; where he resided with the family and attended school.
He voluntarily enlisted in the Army in 1943, trained at Fort Hood in Texas and served in the South Pacific during World War II; attained the rank of Sergeant until being Honorably Discharged in February of 1946.
Upon his discharge from the Army, the Cotton Belt Railroad at Union Station in Pine Bluff, Arkansas immediately employed Arthur. After a short period of time on the job he transferred to Union Station in St. Louis, Missouri where he resided with an uncle while in search for a home to raise his family.
Arthur relocated Chicago, Illinois in the 1947 where he obtained a position with Reynolds Aluminum Company in Mc Cook, Illinois. In addition, he also worked for Steel Sales Company in Chicago, Illinois. In his spare time he taught himself and mastered the talents of tending bar and earned the trust of owns of a tavern or two to assist in the managing until 1959 when he decided to move to California due to the extremely cold winter weather of Chicago.
Upon his arrival to Los Angeles, California he became gainfully employed with the Stat Tab Corporation where he enjoyed the skilled training in various computer applications to service the companies clients.
Arthur liked to participate in a relaxing card game, stimulating conversation and the company of several good friends to socialize and enjoy his evenings, which he found in being an active member of the American Legion Chappie James Post 578 for many years.
Arthur had a flair to encounter people of all walks of life on a daily bases. He possessed the gift of gab and accepted other unconditionally. He loved to communicate stories of his younger years to his adult children whenever they were together. In addition, Arthur had a love for horse racing and picking winners.
Arthur is preceded in death by William and Mattie Davis (father and mother), Laura Davis-Ford (sister), Jacqueline Hodges (daughter), Michael Davis (son), Dietrich Davis (son), and Patricia Ann Davis-Falls-Brown (daughter).
Arthur is survived by Cecila Robinson (sister); Josephine E. Gillespie-Davis-Johnson mother of his children Arthur J. Davis Jr. ((son) Cecilia of Chicago, IL), William K. Davis ((son) Gloria of Chicago, IL), Rosemary Davis-Greene ((daughter) William of Chicago, IL), Artionette Davis-Johnson ((daughter) Harvey of Chicago, IL); Lula Kay Hodges mother of his children Rita Hodges ((daughter) Chicago, IL), Rhonda Hodges-Lee ((daughter) Chesta of Stone Mountain, GA) and Fernando Hodges ((son) Chicago, IL); Barbara Dabney mother of his children Darcel Windom ((daughter) Palo alto, CA), Venus Dabney ((daughter) Palo alto, CA) and Artarlio Dabney ((son) - Arquilla of Palo alto, CA); Meta Marie Williams mother of his child B. Lee Davis-Howard ((daughter) Edward of Temple City,
CA); eighty-seven (87) grandchildren; thirty-eight (38) great grandchildren and twenty (20) great-great grandchildren;
a host of many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, in-laws, other relatives, extended
family members and numerous friends.
When you are a kid, you want to be just like your DAD..
When you are a teenager, you don't want anything to do with your DAD...
When you grow up, you turn out to be just like your DAD
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