Isaac Samuel Davis, known to all as Sam, 78, St. Clair, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Sullivan. |
Sam, son of the late Isaac Tennyson Davis and wife Elizabeth Jane, nee Watson, was born Jan. 9, 1935, in Centralia. He was united in marriage to Lela Goldie Brandenberg Feb. 1, 1953, and four daughters came to bless this union. On June 11, 1983, he was united in marriage to Frances Jane Gastler, nee Morris, and their families were joined as one.
Sam was a devoted Christian. From 1971 to 1983, he served as the minister of St. Clair Christian Church, St. Clair. He attended college, majoring in theology so he could better serve the Lord. Sam was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Clair. During his working career, he was employed as a meat cutter for Schnucks, primarily at the Fenton store, retiring after more than 25 years of service. Sam had a variety of interests throughout his life, including fishing, collecting rocks, woodworking and spelunking. What meant most to Sam was time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a very special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever be cherished by them all.
Sam was preceded in death by his first wife, Lela Goldie Davis; parents, Isaac Tennyson and Elizabeth Jane Davis; and five sisters, Dorothy Reymer, Darlene Dodd, Cora Philbrick, Ramona McKenzie and Ruth Kilbourn.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Davis, St. Clair; four daughters, Victoria Lovejoy, Jefferson City, Vannessa "Jackie" Griggs and husband Louis, St. Peters, Debbie Hooks and husband Clinton, St. Louis, and Melody Wishnask and husband Mark, St. Clair; three stepchildren, Charlotte Chandler and husband Carl, Kansas City, Charles Gastler and wife Glenda, Eureka, and Jason Gastler and wife Gina, Hazel Green, Ala.; two sisters, Mary Raleigh, O'Fallon, and Myrtle Jean Carter, Macon; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Roger Altenberger officiating.
Interment was in Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair. Memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Clair.
The Davis family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on June 12, 2013