- March 10, 1946 - January 12, 2011
- Columbia, Tennessee
of William E.'s Passing
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“We wanted to tell you how sorry we are for your grief. We love you all very much and we know the Lord will sustain you and keep you in the palm of...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Ralph & Brenda Butler
I was so sorry to hear about Bill. I think we had lost contact since I moved to South Carolina. You will be in my thoughts and prayers...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Alexandria Pettus-Quinn - SC
“I saw Billy several months back while visiting Don Harmon, a best friend to both of us.
Bill reminded me of traveling to Sulphur Dell with our dads,...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Jim Lindsey - Nashville, TN
Just the few short years we knew you two from our association at the river when we bought the house next door to Larry and Deborah, we felt...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Terry and Vickie Phillips - TN
“Loretta, we are so so sorry. We loved Bill and you and all the great memories from our times at the River. We had so much fun those years, times we...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Pat & Larry Tatum - Smithville, TN
“Loretta, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. We will always remember his laughter and wit.
Brittney, I know your heart is breaking...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Hoyt & Suzy Tidwell - friend
“Square was a joy, having known him when was at the ball park when his dad was playing baseball, then when he was playing baseball and football. Then...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Marion and Dorothy Wilhoite - TN
“Loretta, I am so sorry for your loss - I'm not at work anymore so I don't get to see you at all but my prayers are with you now -God bless you and...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Clarice and Fry White - Columbia, TN
“I was so sorry to hear about Bill. He was a loyal and long time friend of the Lockamy family. He will be missed by all of us. My prayers go out to...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Nancy Lockamy - Columbia, TN
“Loretta and Family,
We were so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. We have fond memories of all of you at the river. You and your family will be in...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Tami Brown - Jay, FL
“Bill was like another dad he watched me grow up i will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
11 of 31 | Posted by: Cathy Campbell(Catfish)
“Bill was like another dad he watched grow i will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
12 of 31 | Posted by: Cathy Campbell(Catfish)
“He was my friend and I was his through thick and thin.
13 of 31 | Posted by: Don and Shirley Harmon - Franklin, TN
“He was my friend and I was his.
14 of 31 | Posted by: Don and Shirley Harmon - Franklin, TN
“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Bill was a friend and a mentor to me. I enjoyed my time with him and appreciate all he did for me...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Jess Wiley - Dallas, TX
“Loretta: I am so sorry to her of Square's passing. All those mamories from the Chalet seem like only yesterday. I will always remember the 2 of you...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Karen Brewer - Friend
“BrittneySo sorry for the loss of your father. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of grief.
17 of 31 | Posted by: Sumika Snider - Lawrenceburg, TN
I am so saddend to hear of Bill's passing. He was such an unique individual and great person. Jane and I extend our deepest sympathy to you...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Ronnie Attkisson - Friend
“Loretta, Mother called me last night to tell me about Bill's passing. He was such a wonderful guy, loved by all who knew him and will be missed. ...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Pat Chouinard - Tampa, FL
“Dear Retta and Family,
As I viewed the video of your treasured memories Bill always wore that famous smile which was his trademark . May the memories...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Ann Fauler - Columbia, TN
“Loretta when I first moved here many yrs.ago you and Bill used to pair up w/me and my husband(Larry Belknap) golfing and wittnessed the hole in one....Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Laura - friend
“Square Jaw was one of the guys every girl dreamed of going out with at CHS. I was the luckiest girl as I had him as a best boyfriend. When we were...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: sherry and steve park - SC
“We are so sorry for the loss of Bill. He was a good friend and we had a great time at the river with Bill and Loretta. We will hold those memories...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Richard and Janet Schwiebert
“Sorry for your loss, I have fond memorys of playing Little League ball with Bill.
24 of 31 | Posted by: William (Bill) W. Smith - Ocoee, TN
“Well my dad(Toby) play baseball with Billy's dad(Square Head) and I played football with Billy(Square Jaw) and knew them both as very fine men. One...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: David Lindsey - Hendersonville, TN
“To Loretta and family, it is always difficult for me to find the appropriate words to say to someone during the loss of a loved one. Somehow, just...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Pat Troope - Columbia, TN
“So srry about Bill. He was quite the character after working for him 18 yrs we got close and gladly disagreed on some things. I could tell stories...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: mike thurman - columbia, TN
“There is nothing that we can say...nothing will make it better...our hearts are broken! Friends need to be cherished; you never know what tomorrow...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Bitsy & Kenny Latta
“So sorry to hear of "Square's" passing. Never thought it could happen. He was the most fun of all the guys growing up in Columbia in the 60's, and...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Al Notgrass - Estill Springs, TN
“Bill will be greatly missed! We have such fun and loving memories of him at the river and The Shop. He could never be replaced. Please know our...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Mike and Missy Bassham - Friends
“Loretta: Joy called me today regarding Billy and Hunter and I are very sorry to hear he passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Jane & Hunter Trimble - VA
Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors
William Edward “Bill” Davis, Jr., 64, affectionately known by his many friends as “Square” or “Squarejaw,” passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Maury Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Oakes & Nichols with Pastor Jim Arrington officiating. Burial will follow at Polk Memorial Gardens with military honors at graveside provided by Herbert Griffin American Legion Post #19. The family will visit with friends Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to Columbia Elks Lodge, 1208 WKRM Lane, Columbia 38401 or Disabled American Veterans of Tennessee, Room G-22, War Memorial Building, Nashville 37243. Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.oakesandnichols.com.
The Maury County native was the son of the late William Edward “Squarehead” Davis, Sr., long-time employee of Monsanto Company and Mildred Allen Davis, long-time switchboard operator at Maury County Hospital. Following in his father’s footsteps as an avid sports enthusiast, he played Little League baseball and participated in school sports at Whitthorne Junior High School and Columbia Central High School. At Central, he lettered three years in football; two years in baseball; and a year in track. He graduated in 1964 and was elected Most Popular Boy by his Senior Class.
He enrolled at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but was subsequently drafted into the U. S. Army in 1967. He was attached to the Black Horse Regiment of the 11th Armored Calvary and with the rank of Sergeant served a tour of combat duty in Vietnam. Upon discharge, he attended Middle Tennessee State University until he found his niche in the industrial supply business. He was associated with Nashville Rubber & Gasket Company for several years. In 1977 he established Columbia Rubber & Gasket Company which he operated until his retirement several years ago.
Mr. Davis was a member of Columbia Masonic Lodge #31, Herbert Griffin American Legion Post #19, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Black Horse Association, Disabled Vietnam Veterans, Columbia Elks Club, and The Men’s Shop. For a number of years he was a supporter of Hope House and Disabled Vietnam Veterans charitable programs.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta Doerflinger Davis of Columbia; daughter, Brittney (Brian) Brison of Collinwood; step-son, Wade (Katie) Gibbs; four grandchildren, William Brock Laminack, Elizabeth Claire “Libby” Laminack, Victoria Kate Brison, and Preston Wade Gibbs. He was preceded in death by a brother, George Robert Davis in 1976.
Active pallbearers are employees of Columbia Rubber & Gasket Company. Honorary pallbearers include members of The Men’s Shop.
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