April 10, 1921 - Aug 12, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Thomas Lee Davis, longtime Oklahoma businessman, passed away on August 12, 2014, at his home after a short illness. He was 93 years old. His wife of 53 years, the former Marian Rose Morton, preceded him in death in 2004. Tom was born April 10, 1921, in Kansas City, Missouri, and was the only child of Harry and Mary Davis. Tom was a second generation American, whose roots extend to Clan Kinney in Scotland. Tom was very proud of his Scottish ancestry. He enlisted in the United States Navy at the beginning of World War II and was assigned as a crewmember of a destroyer. He saw action in both the North Atlantic and South Pacific theaters. He was honorably discharged as a first class petty officer. Tom was a member of the Shriners and a 32nd degree Mason. He became a successful salesman in the wholesale lumber business in the 1950s and founded Tom L. Davis Lumber Company. In recent years, he purchased ARTT, a manufacturer of specialized wood products, and worked up until the time he became ill. He credited his love of work and his strong work ethic for his longevity. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, Tommy Davis II and wife Judy, of OKC; Gary M. Davis and wife Delia, of Presidio, TX; and Holly Sharpe and husband Luke, of Checotah, OK; three grandchildren, Lauren and husband Erick, Dylan and wife Lacy, and Shea, all of OKC; and his three great-grandchildren, Emma Rose, Cale Lee, and Owen Thomas. Special thanks and a BIG HUG to Dr. Abby Bova, Lacy, "Sweetie" and Sherita for their love of people and compassion. All of you made this a "special journey." A memorial service for family and friends will be held Saturday, August 16, 2 p.m. at the Lakeside United Methodist Church.
Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 16, 2014