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“J L Davis was the dad I had on the local level, he was so giving and would help at the drop of a bucket, I loved his jokes and we share many laughes...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Jimmy E. gumm - Valley Mills, TX

“What a marvelous send off today for a great guy. I have several distinct memories of my uncle. He was always a jovial soul through my eyes. Something...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Martin Franklin - Kerrville, TX

“Aunt Pat, my heart and prayers are with you today. I always thought of you and Uncle J as my barbie and ken. I will miss Uncle J so much. I love you. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Debra Franklin Boutwell - AZ

“Sorry for your loss. I remember J.L. as a teenager when I spent the night with his younger sister. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Nita Shipman Brossett - Abilene, TX

“Pat, so very sorry to hear about your loss. J.L. was such fun to be around. We enjoyed gettig to know you and J.L. through our friends Larry and...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: John and Donna Hall - McGregor, TX

“Our paryers are with you and the rest of your family. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Clint,Melissa,Tiffany Scruggs - TX

“Dear Pat. Tom and I were shocked to hear about JL. We have been out of touch for a long time and did not know he was ill, but still remember him...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Susan Ripley Garrett - Waco, TX

“Pat, you don't know me ,but I knew J L pretty well.We had some good times around Abilene back in the 50's & 60's. One trip to Mexico I'll never...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Jack Frazier - Clyde, TX

“Pat, When I opened the paper this morning, I was suprised to see J.L.s picture. I am so glad you put it in there for his friends and family in...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Johnny Downing - Abilene, TX

“Pat, I'm sorry to hear about J.L.. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I knew J.L. back when we were all teenagers. I used to love to spend the...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Freddie Townsend - Abilene, TX

“Pat, Our prayer are with you. May you find peace in knowing J.L. is in heaven telling jokes and laughing. He made an impact on all our family and...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Odie Bell Davis Willson, Anna Beth Davis Farmer, Zella Gae Farme - TX

“Pat, J.L. was my best friend in the 1950's and 1960's in Abilene. We had a lot of good times together. I often think and talk about them to my...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Jerry Townsend - Abilene, TX

“Pat may the Lord's blessings be with you and his sisters in this time of his departure from your lives. He will truly be missed by everyone that...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Jack Pierce - China Spring, TX

“I only knew J.L. through my Dad, James Gordon, he thought the world of J.L. I know they are telling jokes to each other in heaven. Our thoughts and...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Debbie Gordon Gamble - Hewitt, TX

“J.L was a good friend. He will be greatly missed. Never a dull moment in his presence. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: AL LYNCH - Waco, TX

“I only had the pleasure of knowing JL for about 3 years. He was a wonderful landlord and an amazing person! He & Pat helped our family tremendously...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Dan & Missey Bryant - TX


J. L. Davis July 27, 1942 - March 12, 2012 J. L. Davis of Valley Mills passed away after a valiant seven year battle with cancer on Monday, March 12, 2012. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Western Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Pat Cummings officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. Jesse was born July 27, 1942 in Baird, Texas to Harlon and Nayta Davis, and lived in the Abilene area for many years. He married Patricia Simmons of Clyde, Texas on February 17, 1962. They moved to the Waco area in 1967. They were feted at an early 50th anniversary party at their home in late January of this year, where friend and family joined in the celebration. J.L. was employed over the years by General Dynamics, Moses A/C and Gulf States Paper prior to opening and operating his own businesses, Davis Landscaping Contractors and Texas Mowing Service for the past 35 years along with his wife, Pat. He was a caring giving man who spent his life helping anyone who was in need and could be counted on to be a man of his word. He was a man of faith and was a member of Patton Baptist Church. He also enjoyed a good time and in his younger years thought every night was a Saturday night and every day a Sunday. He was a joke teller of epic proportions until the day he died. He had a passion for collecting friends, old cars and guns. J.L. was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and his daughter, Kim. He is survived by his beloved wife, Pat; two sisters, Joan Huddleston and Josie Fay Franklin, both of Clyde; a host of extended family members, faithful friends and his Jack Russell terrier, Tyler. Pallbearers are Don Meinecke, Jake Roberts, Les Turnbow, Larry Filer, Ken Young and Larry Wright. Special thanks to Dr. Browder and Missy for their loving care and to all the friends who have brought kindness and comfort to J.L. and Pat during this difficult time. Memorials may be made to Fuzzy Friends Rescue, Patton Baptist Church or your charity of choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.WilkirsonHatchBailey.com. Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey