The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 2, 2014

Obituaries — Monday, June 2, 2014

Elmo Davis

TALCOTT — Elmo Davis, 92, of Talcott passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Main Street Care in Hinton following a short illness.

Born November 29, 1921, at Ballengee, he was a son of the late Lomer A. and Allie Lyons Davis.

Mr. Davis volunteered his service to the Army in early 1942 during WWII. He trained and deployed as an infantryman with the 85th infantry division. He fought with the 85th in Patton’s Campaign in Sicily during the summer of 1943 along with his brother, Thomas, who was assigned to the 3rd infantry division. At the battle of Messina he was severely wounded and eventually evacuated back to the U.S. He was awarded the three signature awards of a WWII warrior for his bravery: the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. His wounds troubled him the remainder of his adult life. He was a truck driver for Shanklin’s Trucking and later purchased his own truck and began hauling miscellaneous goods for local residents and neighbors. Mr. Davis owned and operated Davis Grocery at Ballengee from 1963-1980. He was a member of the Ballengee Farm Club and a trustee of the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas “Verdo” Davis, and three sisters, Winnie McMillion, Ruby Riffe and Lena Clair Hedrick.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Anita Tabor and husband Dean of Marie; stepson, Floyd Light and wife Audra of Leesburg, VA; four step-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; many loved nieces and nephews; special friends, Clifford “Bud” Brandstetter of Danese, David Frazier of Ballengee and many other friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Sam Haught officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Ballengee. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the funeral parlors.

Matthew, Robbie and Eric Tabor, Patrick Harris, J.D. Tilghman, Jeff and Jimmy Frazier and Ronnie Brandstetter will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

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