Carl Lee Davis

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Carl Lee Davis, 92, of Savoy, Illinois, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Willowbrook Care Center in Savoy.

He was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Dunnville. He was the son of Lillard and Ella Davis. He married Beulah Witt on Dec. 27, 1947, in Jamestown.

Carl and Beulah celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27, 2016. They supported one another, Carl in earning advanced degrees and a PhD and Beulah a master's in elementary education. Family was the centerpiece of their lives.

Mr. Davis enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March 1943 and served during World War II aboard the USS Nehenta Bay, an escort aircraft carrier, from April 1944 to January 1946 in the Pacific theater. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 24, 1946, as seaman second class and returned to Casey County. He later served in the U.S. Army ROTC as a second lieutenant from January 1950 to April 1956.

He earned his bachelor's degree at Western Kentucky University in 1952; his masters' degree in dairy nutrition at University of Kentucky in 1955 and his PhD in ruminant nutrition at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1959. He joined the UIUC dairy science faculty in 1959 where he served for 27 years.

In his later years, Carl enjoyed organizing, along with his brother, Herbert, the annual Davis reunion, which often drew more than 100 family members to Casey County, for food, fun and, of course, the giant water slide and snipe hunt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ruth Patten and Ruby Davis; and two brothers, Ray Davis and Earl Davis; a son, Phil; and a grandson, Ricky.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah; four children; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Hazel Norman of Sunman, Indiana and Gladys Jesse of Columbia; and a brother, Herbert Davis of Dunnville.

Visitation and a memorial begins at 2 p.m. Sept. 30, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, followed immediately by the memorial service. A graveside service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Green River Valley Separate Baptist Church in Rheber.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Bible Baptist Church in Champaign, Illinois.

Local arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home in Liberty.

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Published in The Casey County News on Sept. 27, 2017
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