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Larry Davis


1948 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
LARRY DAVIS

On Sunday, August 1, 1948 a healthy 10 pound plus baby boy was born to Gladys Toy Bhones and Jack L. Davis in Little Rock, AR. He was destined to have a presence larger than life and grew up to be a man of 6'-4". Larry was one of four children in the family which consisted of 2 brothers, Joe H. Davis, Morris Bhones Jr. and one sister. Larry lost his mother at an early age and was raised by his sister, Delores Riddlesprigger and grandmother, Ethel Richardson. Larry graduated from Horace Mann High School on June 3, 1966 located in Little Rock, AR. He was employed at Coleman Dairy and Missouri Pacific Railroad which gave him the opportunity to satisfy his passion of traveling. With the desire to learn about different cultures and travel the world, he enlisted in the Navy where he served our country as a Central Intelligence Specialist and photographer for a 9 year enlistment. He had hoped to be able to make a career of the Navy, but losing 60% of his hearing while being enlisted, prevented that dream from materializing. Following an honorable discharge from the Navy, Larry had thoughts of pursuing a career in law enforcement, but his hearing impairment again ruled out that possibility. With a suggestion from his sister, Dee, he decided to take the postal exam for a letter carrier. He passed the exam and was employed at the USPS for 31 years where he was nicknamed "Big Hands". His route was in Encinitas, CA and he was loved by all his customers including the dogs that he always had a special treat for. After 31 years of service in the post office, Larry retired at the age of 55. After he had completed his "honey do list" of home improvements, such as painting the entire interior of his home, staining an undetermined amount of crown molding and assisting in the building of 5 patio covers, he decided to take a break for 3 months. He pursued a part-time job as a courtesy driver for DCH in Temecula, CA. After being employed at DCH car dealership for a week and a half, Larry was given the recognition of employee of the month. How does one get recognition as employee of the month when they have only worked for a week and a half? Well that was Larry. Larry loved people and he made an impression upon everyone he met. He always had a story to tell which proved to be interesting, amusing, and entertaining. He had the "gift of gab" with a special spin that was unique to him. He loved spending time with his family and friends. His interests included fishing, flowers, word search puzzles, attending jazz concerts, the Laker games, football as a spectator, watching court tv, riding his "fat boy" (Harley Davidson Motorcycle), cooking, barbecuing, and of course eating, with preferences of menudo, sushi, Felipe's pizza, Krispy Kreme donuts, Lu's Sausage, any type of fruit and coconut cake. He suffered with diabetes and other related health complications which compromised his health and independence for the past 9 years. Being immobile for the past 15 months became frustrating and discouraging, yet he would engage in strength exercises in his bed with the hope that he would someday be able to walk again. On February 27, 2017 he took his last breath which was witnessed by his wife, Mekkia de Sanchez-Davis and his brother-in-law, Leonard Ross. He was unable to reach that goal on earth, but he is now walking around in heaven with the Lord.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, Jack L. Davis; mother, Gladys Toy Bhones; grandmother, Ethel Richardson; sister, Dr. Delores Riddlesprigger; and
brother, Joe H. Davis. He is survived by his wife,
Mekkia de sanchez-Davis; brother , Morris Bhones; in addition to his special children Ramona de Sanchez-Galvan and Xavier de Sanchez.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in the Miller-Jones Sun City chapel at
26770 Murrieta Road, Sun City, CA. Military honors will be presented at 1:15 PM in the Riverside National Cemetery located at 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 12, 2017
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