Davis Funeral Home to change hands; Doyle Davis ends 50-year career

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After a 50-year career in the funeral service, Doyle Davis will retire from Davis Funeral Home effective Dec. 31, when he turns the business over to nephew Don Davis.

Doyle Davis, president of Davis Funeral Home, has announced his retirement from the funeral service effective Dec. 31.

Davis has been in the funeral service for more than 50 years and has owned and operated Davis Funeral Home with his brother, George Davis for the past 38 years.

Doyle will sell his interest in the funeral home to his nephew, Don Davis, who has worked in family business for almost 30 years.  Davis Funeral Home will continue with Don Davis as president and funeral director in charge.  Doyle Davis will continue to be associated with the funeral home in a part-time capacity.  Don Davis said all funeral insurances and preneed funeral contracts will be secure in the future, as they have been in the past.

“It has been an honor to serve families in Clay County and the surrounding area,” said Doyle Davis.

Doyle and George Davis established Davis Funeral Home as a partnership in 1973, then located at 1110 W Omega.  The Davises also operated an ambulance service for Clay County until 1981.  In 1982, the Davises purchased the Hawkins-Hilliard Funeral Home and moved into the present location of 316 S. Bridge St.

Doyle Davis has been very active in his profession as well as the community. Professionally, he is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the Texas Funeral Directors Association. He has served as Director of the North Texas Funeral Directors Association.  He is a deacon and trustee of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta, a member of the Henrietta Kiwanis Club, Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce, the Henrietta Growth Corporation, Clay County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Hope Cemetery Foundation, Clay County Historical Society, and the Clay County Pioneer Association.  He has served on the Clay County Hospital Board, Henrietta ISD Advisory Board, Henrietta Rental Homes Board, and the Henrietta Industrial Foundation.

Doyle is married to Mollie (Gill) Davis and they have two children, Laura Lee Brock and husband Joe Bill Brock of Henrietta, and Mark Davis and wife Celeste of Wichita Falls.  Doyle and Mollie have 4 grandchildren, Thad and Luke Brock and Gill and Sadie Davis.

A retirement party for Doyle Davis is set for 2-4 p.m. Jan. 8 at The Rock Barn in Henrietta.

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