Hadley Dwight Davis, 82, passed away peacefully at Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kali-spell, Montana on November 4, 2013 in the presence of his gathered family and surrounded by the love and laughter that was so much a part of his life. Hadley was known to many through his years of involvement in the local community, his 40 years of service as a State Farm Insurance Agent and his devotion to his church. Born in Evansville, Indiana on December 1, 1930, Hadley and his twin sister Sandra and older brother Bill were raised in Urbana, Illinois. The loss of his twin to polio shortly after their tenth birthday gave him an especially strong sense of commitment to family and a determination to live a full and meaningful life. Always ready to get involved, Hadley played football, wrestled, acted in school plays and was president of his high school senior class. After his Illinois National Guard unit was released from active duty following the Korean War, Hadley returned to Illinois Wesleyan University where among many activities, he served as president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. During this time, Hadley met his future wife Shirley Ann Lepper of Quincy, Illinois. Following graduation in 1954 Hadley and Shirley were married at Melrose Chapel in Quincy and soon relocated to the then-small town of Daytona Beach, Florida. They both worked tirelessly to build a State Farm Insurance Agency and a family that soon included daughter Susie and son Perry. During his life Hadley pursued a rich variety of recreational, artistic and spiritual interests. Always ready to "pull a caper" he loved to include friends and family in enjoying a seemingly endless succession (sometimes to Shirley's chagrin) of airplanes liberally interspersed with boats, motorcycles, and campers. These hobbies were woven into adventures that frequently included entertaining outcomes that became steeped in family lore. Throughout his life Hadley pursued his love of art, taking classes with the Halifax Art League and drawing and painting in his workshop known as "The Shed." Beautiful impromptu sketches frequently were the by-product if a notepad and pencil were near at hand during family discussions sitting around the dinner table. He also loved history and the joy of learning. Later in life he and his good buddies, the Old Buffalos, spent many enjoyable hours in The Shed watching a mix of Great Courses on historical topics. Hadley's deep spiritual convictions formed the bedrock for all other aspects of his life. He served in many roles at Community United Methodist Church including frequently teaching Sunday School. He strove to live his life in accordance with the core values and faith he held so deeply. He was preceded in death by his mother Etta Lea (Pergrem), his father William H., his brother William I., and his sister Sandra Lee.
Hadley is survived by Shirley, his wife of 59 years; daughter Susan Belle Davis Burch and her husband Art; son Perry Hadley Davis; grandchildren Benjamin Hadley Davis, Daniel James Davis, Alicia Lynn Davis, and Sandra Elise Burch and many dear friends. Although we will miss the twinkle in his eye and his quick grin, a smile comes to the faces of those that knew him as we remember a man and a life well lived. A memorial service will be held at Community United Methodist Church in Daytona Beach on Monday, November 18 at 2 p.m., followed immediately by a reception in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community United Methodist Church in Daytona Beach or the
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Nov. 10 to Nov. 15, 2013