Major Norman L. Davis, Jr., U.S. Army Retired, 82, went to his Heavenly home on January 5, 2021, in Longview, Texas. He was born on July 28, 1938, in Dallas, Texas, the fourth of ten children to Norman and Irene Davis. He was a 1956 graduate of Hawkins High School in Hawkins, Texas, and attended Baylor University where he was a star football and baseball player. He joined the army in 1959 and retired as Major in 1979. He served one year each in Korea and Vietnam. While stationed in San Antonio, Texas, he met and married Mary Ann, his wife of 61 years. After retiring from the army, he taught at a Christian school in Arlington, Texas, worked for the city of Gilmer, and was a rural carrier in Gilmer. He served as a missionary in Panama from 1990 to 1998. He then worked and retired from the United States Postal Service.
He was a faithful and devoted Christian and a member of Victory Baptist Church in Longview, Texas. He had the gift of a generous heart and loved helping people, especially veterans. He was the treasurer of Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 987. He enjoyed cooking his delicious pancakes for breakfast for his grandchildren. He loved driving and going on trips.
His life was focused on his family. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, and the best grandfather to his grandchildren and great grandpa to his great grandchildren. He was the greatest example of what it means to be a family man and father. He was the epitome of the phrase, “They don’t make men like that anymore,” and his family was blessed by God to have him as an example. He was the true hero everyone should aspire to be; the definition of honor and integrity. We know he has heard from Jesus, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” and that we will see him again in Heaven.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Irene Davis of Tyler and his sister, Barbara Terrell of Daingerfield.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 61 years, Mary Davis; by their daughter Annette Siebe of White Oak, son Norman Davis of Granbury, son Nathan Davis of Longview, and daughter Sayuri Russell of White Oak; grandchildren Elizabeth Licht of Ore City, Stephanie Sparks of Gilmer, Tabitha Switzer of White Oak, Michael Switzer of Gladewater, Blake Davis of Granbury, Sydney Jackson of Mount Vernon, Johnathan Davis of Longview, Naomi Switzer of White Oak, Caden Davis of Granbury, and MaryBeth Miller of Longview; great grandchildren Buddy Russell, Alex Speegle, Zachary Russell, Preston Russell, Landon Licht, Avery Switzer, Xavier Switzer, Carson Licht, and Laney Switzer. He is also survived by 6 sisters and 2 brothers, Patsy Bohannan, Sue Grandi, David Davis, Nancy Johnson, Tom Davis, Alice Wright, Karen Hiett, and Dinah Webb, and many nieces and nephews.
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