Raymond Lee Davis, known to most as Ray Lee, 70, Richwoods, passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at his home surrounded by the love of his family.|
Ray Lee, son of the late James Lee Davis and wife Delma, nee Hensley, was born June 6, 1943, in Lonedell. As a young man he was married, and blessed to have four children.
Ray Lee was honored to have served his country in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War, entering April 22, 1965, and receiving his honorable discharge April 21, 1967, having attained the rank of SP5. He was proud of having the skill to serve as a sharpshooter. Since 1974, he owned and operated Davis Excavating, working on many projects throughout the area. He had previously been employed by Landmark Excavating, St. Louis. Ray Lee had a variety of interests throughout his life, including building log cabins and "Jeep riding in the woods." He loved spending time outdoors and enjoyed the simpler things in life. He also loved to drink coffee on the deck of his home, race cars and ride and race motorcycles, especially dirt bikes. Ray was a kind man and always willing to lend a hand to others. What meant most to him was the time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live in their hearts forever.
Ray Lee was preceded in death by his parents, James Lee and Delma Davis; two brothers, Bill Davis and James "Butch" Davis; and one sister, Carolyn Stahlman.
He is survived by four children, Stacy Burns and husband David, Amy Thurmond and husband Troy, all of Sullivan, Jenny Ulrich and husband Jeff, Lonedell, and Andrew Davis and girlfriend Emily Rudolph, Lonedell; one stepbrother, Joe Davis and wife Rita, St. Clair; one brother-in-law, George Stahlman, Potosi; eight grandchildren, Elli Brant, Joshua Burns, Jacob Burns, Maycee Goings, Isabella Thurmond, Brooklyn Thurmond, all of Sullivan, Jenna Ulrich and Madison Ulrich, both of Lonedell; nieces; nephews; great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. John Pursley officiating.
Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery, Lonedell.
Memorials may be given to the Children's Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri.
The Davis family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on Feb. 5, 2014