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James L. Davis, 84

James L. Davis, 84, Frankfort, IN, died at 11:40 p.m. November 27, 2012, at Wesley Manor.

Born July 28, 1928, in Frankfort, IN, his parents were Lloyd E. & Florence M. (Norris) Davis.

He married Barbara A. Scott on January 24, 1953, in West Lafayette, and she preceded him in death on July 23, 2009.

Mr. Davis was a 1946 graduate of Kirklin High School. A veteran of the U.S. Marines, he served during WWII and from 1950-1951 during the Korean War. In 1953 he graduated from Purdue University and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Jim was a farmer for 30 years, State Representative for 16 years, was on the Citizens Majority Caucus, Chairman Agriculture & Rural Development Committee and was the State Alcoholic Beverage Commissioner for 6 years, retiring in 2004 to become a member of the Clinton County Council, where he served until his death. His memberships include: First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Lions Club, Marine Corps League, American Legion, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine, Clinton Masonic Lodge, and had received the Indiana Businessman Award. Jim will be remembered as a well-respected leader, community servant and a statesman. A loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, Jim's life will leave a lasting legacy on the community.

Surviving are 2 daughters: Megan Sheets of Frankfort and Beth (Chris) Bolinger of Auburn; a son: Bill (Sarah) Davis of Lafayette; sister-in-law: Fran Davis of Atlanta, GA; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son, Tom Davis, grandson, Anderson Davis, son-in-law, Dick Sheets and brother, John N. Davis.

Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012, at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 352 W. Clinton St., Frankfort, IN. The family will received friends following the memorial service in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Private family entombment will be in Green Lawn Mausoleum. The family asks in lieu of flowers that memorial donations may be made to the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church or Marine Corps League. Goodwin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Published in the Journal & Courier from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2012
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