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March 25, 2013
I was friends with Steve during his OU days, but in a different manner than most. Steve would come to Easton Heights Baptist Church with his Grandparents back in the middle 70's and that is how we became friends. I was a music student at ORU, played sports at Tulsa Edison (I'm a Tulsa native) and was on the Judo team at ORU. When Steve would come for a visit at Easton Heights we would go get a burger and coke at the burger joint down on Edison Street. We were not close friends, but good buddies when he came around. I knew he was from Sallisaw. Interestingly, I have lived in Poteau for the last nine years where I have served as Minister of Music and Adults at FBC Poteau. I have visited FBC Sallisaw a few times (Bill Aydelotte is a good friend from there) and also have a good friend, Greg Burnsed, who serves at Immanuel Baptist in Sallisaw. May I please send to your family my deepest condolences in this time and may the Peace and Love of God envelop you and give you comfort.
March 25, 2013
We are all sad and suffering for the loss of our dear friend. Here we are last August at a Tulsa Driller's baseball game. Steve is on the back right and Fran Evans is front on right. They had a wonderful relationship. For years we have enjoyed a personal friendship and working on projects together. Throughout the years he hired many of my students; that was a complement to everyone. He knew just how to get the best out of them, frequently commenting that if I sent them, they would perform. We met often in Jenks for breakfast. We had plans to attend the OU spring game together; to enjoy our time and to talk over the latest big project that is so-so near completion. His e-mail to me in part last week: "How are you? I hope you are well and that your silence is due to being busy rather than dealing with any health issues.” (Steve was aware of some difficulty that I have been going through...and like a friend, wanted to know how I was doing). “We need to get together when time permits. I miss discussions about all things important". He goes on with a lengthy discussion about current progress. How sad I am we did not have that meeting. No question, a great quarter back and two national championships...that's impressive, but pales to the kind of person he was. One of our favorite sidelines...I would remind him yes, he was big time - he played against Texas at OU...but would ask if he had played the Oklahoma State Penitentiary inmates. With a wry smile I would make some kind of comment that I had played against the inmates while at Eastern Oklahoma State College in both football and basketball. He would laugh as he often did and agree. Steve ol' pal, I know where you are and rejoice in the day I can join you and all those close to me.
Your pal, Henry
March 25, 2013
What a loss we all feel. My heartfelt prayers not only go out to Steve's parents, brothers, his son Bo, Fran, Steve's many friends and former teammates, but also to those countless persons that were touched by the life of Steve Davis in so many meaningful ways. As his younger OU teammate and fellow FCAer, I certainly admired and looked up to Steve (and remember desiring more time with him, like many). Yes, Steve was an attractive, good-hearted, gracious, Baptist kid from Sallisaw, but he was also “danged” tough and wasn't afraid to compete (to “put it all on the line”). In my eyes, he demonstrated more Courage than anyone on those 2 National Championship teams. He played beyond his abilities, and was a leader who was fueled by integrity and a spiritual clarity of purpose that was beyond his years. Losing was not something he seemed to contemplate. He was simply a Winner, but not just on the field. When many of us during the school week were visiting girl friends, studying or hanging out in the OU dorm, Steve was flying that airplane (at times I was invited to accompany him) to share his larger-than-life Christian faith, which was at the heart of everything he was--or wasn't. None of us are perfect, but Steve Davis should easily be remembered as the finest ambassador for Oklahoma Sooner Football (and Oklahoma life) that there will likely ever be. Truly, he is one of a kind.

We will miss you Steve! Thank you, my Christian brother for the champion you are and the faithful life you lived. Amen.
March 25, 2013
March 25, 2013
Dear Davis family, I was so shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Oklahoma's favorite son. Wow, Steve's parents must have been such Godly parents,I have prayed for years that my two sons would follow in Steve's footsteps not only as football players, but more importantly as godly young men. I feel as if I have lost my older Christian mentor. I was 15 when Steve came to First Baptist Church in Heavener, Ok. to lead a youth revival. I sat next to his wife Judy, and he autographed the church bulltin in 1977. Just this year by accident the bulletin was distroyed by water damage and I cried, but then I remembered that he has also signed my leather purse at a State Wide Evangelism conference. Steve was apprehensive to sign my leather purse. He said "Are you sure you want me to sign on your nice leather purse" and I told him I have no doubt in my mind. Only God knew how much that autography meant to me a week ago when I found out that he has gone to be with our Lord and Savior. The moment I found out, I had to call my dad, back in Oklahoma. I miss you and your excellent example of Christ to this world. Can hardly wait to see you again in glory. Your were a true Champion for OU and more importantly a Champion for Christ.
March 25, 2013
Prayers for the Davis Family. I want to share a quick story. When I was maybe 8 or 9, (I was the size of a 5 year old)... I remember being at a SHS bonfire rally. Steve carried me on his shoulders for a long time that night. He was my childhood hero. Even as a High School Senior, he showed a maturity and class beyond his years. He always showed me kindness and I will remember this great man for as long as I live. God Bless Steve and your Family.
Michael Benge
Class of 79
March 25, 2013
Steve Davis brought a lot of happiness to a young female sooner fan in Heavener,Ok. I was the only thirteen year old girl in my school that listened to all the 73',74'& 75 sooner football games on the radio. I have Steve's autography in a leather purse and it is a true treasure. I cried like I lost a beloved family member. Steve was apart of my OU history and my OU family member. He was also a great Christian example that I pray my sons will emulate. God Bless you Steve
March 25, 2013
Sorry for such a sudden loss to your family. Joe was in my class at Sallisaw before your family relocated. May you find comfort in the days, months and years to come knowing that your family has touched so many. God bless you during such a trying time.
March 25, 2013
Joe,
My prayers and sincere sympathy are with you and your family. It's so hard to lose someone so close to you. Keep your faith in God and keep telling Him what's in your heart and mind, no matter how you feel. Give yourself time to heal, too. It took me 3+ yrs. to get past losing my friend and sister, Lorrilynn. She died suddenly in a car accident in 1997. May Jesus Christ keep you in His heart and in His hands. He will get you through this. God bless you,
March 24, 2013
Much sympathy to the Davis family. Thank you so much for sharing Steve with the OU family. My favorite memories of Steve include his opening the door for me at OU's Baptist Student Union, stopping by my friend's car on which we had just changed a flat tire to see if he could do anything for us on his way across campus, and his taking the stage at the Oklahoma Southern Baptist youth evangelism conference, the winter before his Senior season at OU. Steve promised the crowd that OU would be in the National Championship game at the end of the next season. Like Joe Willie Namath who promised a win at the Super Bowl, James Steven came through with his promise. He helped get us to the championship game and brought home MVP and National Championship & Orange Bowl trophies to boot. That was such a thrill. It was such a great thing to watch Steve play on the field, but also to see him as a Christian gentleman. Steve is one of the Sooner greats and he will be missed so much. We didn't lose Steve, we know just where he is, now. Heaven's gates surely opened wide for him where he's been welcomed by his beloved brother, George. Many condolences. Thanks for sharing your loved one with the rest of the state and the Sooner Nation.

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