ClayTex Trophies and Davis Funeral Home, both located in Henrietta, are winners of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Market Place Excellence during a luncheon at the Wichita Falls Country Club Tuesday.
Winners are selected from nominations throughout North Central Texas, which includes Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Jack, Hardeman, Haskell, King, Knox, Montague, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wilbarger, Wichita and Young counties.
During the event, emceed by Robert Forrester of Four Stars Auto Ranch, Megan McGhee of Henrietta was named a recipient of the BBB Louis J. Rodriguez Ethics Scholarship.
Winners are selected in four categories: Small business, 1-10 employees; medium business, 11-49 employees; large business, 50-plus employees; and non-profits.
Nominees were judged on the following criteria: Adherence to high ideals and integrity, improvement in the quality of life for their employees and surrounding communities, assurance of customer satisfaction, industry leadership and serving as a role model, and support in establishing a fair and honorable marketplace.
ClayTex Trophies was one of five business nominated in the medium business category.
ClayTex, Inc. was founded in 1975 as a wholesaler and manufacturer of trophies and awards. They began with three shareholders, Jack Ellis, the late W.C. Warren and the late Bill Holman. In 1989, Warren retired and Ellis and Holman purchased his shares. Ellis manages day-to-day operations.
ClayTex has grown into many departments, most recently starting Cowboy Memories, which sells custom western jewelry and western gift items. The jewelry items are cast in the metal department out of zinc and pewter.
Products made by ClayTex have been presented to First Lady Laura Bush, George Foreman, Nolan Ryan, and produced for NFL, NBA, MLB players, PGA golf tournaments, governors, Fortune 500 companies, and national and state athletic competitions. ClayTex produced the 2010 Fed-Ex NFL Player of the Year Award, presented at the Super Bowl to Aaron Rogers. The company has made the custom medals for the Bill Clinton School Library and for major motion pictures.
Davis Funeral Home was chosen in the small business category, nominated along with four other businesses.
Davis Funeral Home was established in 1973 when two brothers, Doyle and George Davis, had a desire to serve their community. The Davis’ also operated Clay County Ambulance service for several years but discontinued that portion of the business in 1981.
Davis Funeral Home’s goal has always been to attend to the family members of the deceased in order to make a difficult time as comforting as possible. They offer services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Doyle Davis said that one of the most cherished and humbling notes he received from a dear friend said, “If the person is still living that taught you your trade-call him and thank him.” Mr. Davis immediately called his former employer in Corsicana, and thanked him for allowing him to have spent nine years at his firm where he received the best education in the Funeral Service.
With Doyle’s retirement in December, George Davis’ son Don oversees the day-to-day operations of the business.