Dr. Maurice J. Davis, PH.d
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Services for Dr. Maurice J. Davis, PH.d will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013 in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers, Pineville with Reverends Ricky Willis and Jon Tellifero officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park with Military Honors provided by personnel from Fort Polk.
The family requests that visitation be observed Wednesday at Hixson Brothers, Pineville from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and will continue on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until time of service.
Dr. Davis, 91, of Pineville passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Rapides Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Davis was born March 24, 1921 in Baski, Alabama and grew up in Dixson Mills, Alabama.
Dr. Davis was a World War II Army veteran serving from 1943 to 1946. Part of his service was as a member of the post-war occupation forces in Japan.
He received his B. S. in 1947 and his M. A. degree from University of Alabama in 1948. He received his physical education degree from Columbia Teacher College in 1954. He worked ten years in elementary and secondary schools, including administration and classroom teaching. He taught at the college level for 28 years, spending 25 years at Louisiana College before retiring in 1989. Dr. Davis taught professional education courses and was the director of student teaching and supervisor of secondary education students. Dr. Davis was also the Kappa Delta Counselor, Cenla Rally Coordinator, and NTE Administrator. He received many honors while teaching including Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of the Year, Phi Delta Kappa Emeritus, twice president of the Central Louisiana Chapter, awarded service key by the national organization, and is listed in the Who's Who in American Education 1951 - 1952 edition, Leaders in Education- 1971 edition, Personalities of the South-1972 edition.
He was active in the First United Methodist Church, Pineville, where he was a member since 1964. His many activities included serving as Sunday School Superintendent, member of three committees and Official Board, and was a faithful member of the Baker Wyatt Sunday School Class.
His community activities included Coach in the Dixie Youth Baseball League in Pineville for 5 years, CCA Board of Director for 3 years, RSVP Council for 29 years, Friendship House Board for 3 years. Dr. Davis was a life-long tennis player until the age of 85. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Program.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Shuman Davis; parents, Lawrence J. and Irma Carlton Davis.
Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Lawrence Russell Davis and wife, Karen Lynn Davis of Laurel, Maryland, Paul Maurice Davis of Pineville; step-daughter, Linda Ann Gandy and husband, Jim Gandy of Jacksonville, Florida.
To extend online condolences to the Davis family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.
Published in The Town Talk on Jan. 22, 2013