James Lee “Jim” Davis passed into rest the morning of June 23, 2019.
He was born Nov. 5, 1942, near Cowansville, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, to Calvin and Twila Nina (Lukehart) Davis.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961 and was mustered out at Fort Leonard Wood in 1964 as a specialist. While at Fort Leonard Wood, he met Sheila Faye Brooks through mutual Lexington friends and they were married June 8, 1963, in the Brooks’ house in rural Lexington.
After leaving the Army, Jim and Sheila settled first in Lexington, then at their property south of town for the next 55 years. Jim was employed at the Ford Claycomo Assembly Plant until his retirement in 1998 and was a member of UAW Local 249.
Jim was active in the Mayview community as a member of the Mayview Lions Club and a parent supporter of the 40-Ville 4-H Club. Later, he enjoyed bowling in the weekly leagues at the Higginsville Bowl, attending area farm auctions, being a regular at Adkins Sale Barn and keeping busy on his property.
Jim is survived by his sons, Dave (Ken) of Guerneville, California; and Derek of Chicora, Pennsylvania; granddaughters KayLee (Joe) of Wellington and Jessi (Will) of Napoleon; and great-grandchildren, Jayd, RhiLee and Kindred.
He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Charles “Chick” and Gerry Gould of Sligo, Pennsylvania; Joan Farster of Cowansville; Nancy Davis of East Brady, Pennsylvania; and Jim Baker of Parker City, Pennsylvania. His Brooks family includes Jean and the late George Brooks; Virgie and Bill Stratton; Karen and the late Doug Adkison; John Brooks; and Bob and Carol Brooks, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by Sheila, his parents and his siblings, Bill, Carole (Baker), Ray and Alan.
A private service will be conducted by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Visiting Nurses Association – Kansas City at www.vnakc.org.
Cremation has been entrusted to the Walker Nadler Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 South St., Lexington, MO 64067.
Online condolences may be left at www.ledfordfamilyfh.com.