John Homer Davis made his journey to Heaven on Thursday, September 30, 2021. John was 85 years old.
John was born in Rogersville, Tennessee on April 14, 1936. He is the son of Gale Edward and Elsie Elizabeth Davis and he was one of six children (4 sisters and 1 brother). John grew up in a very loving and religious home. The family did not have much and they shared everything they had. Each family member was rich in love and faith.
John shared many stories about growing up. His mother's cooking from a wood stove, the family eating possum and squirrel, the kids collecting firewood, not having electricity, and using kerosene lanterns. The family storing food in potato sacks and wooden crates, then placing them along the creek bank to keep everything cold. All of the kids sleeping in one room and counting the stars through the cracks in the roof until they fell asleep. Going to school in a one-room school house.
The family lived off the land and they did not have much, but Grandpa Davis made sure they never went without. John was very proud of his father and always told the kids that Grandpa Davis was the hardest working man he had ever known. John finished the 5th grade and then left school to help support his family with share cropping in the corn and tobacco fields. If you have ever watched “Little House on the Prairie” you would have seen the early years of the Davis family.
Even though John never completed school, he self-taught himself how to play several kinds of musical instruments – guitar, mandolin, fiddle, base fiddle, dobro, piano, harmonica, accordion and the list goes on and on. Gospel and bluegrass music was a huge part of the Davis Family. Music was John’s passion and his favorite times in life was playing music with his brother, Joe, and his son, Butch. John loved playing music during family visits, birthdays, holidays and anytime someone came to the house to visit. For years the Davis Family would go to nursing homes and play and sing their favorite gospel songs as John and Joe put it “To the folks that needed cheering up the most.”
John met the love of his life, Mary Lee Davis. John was seventeen and Mary was fourteen. They married in Virginia on October 25, 1955. John and Mary were married for sixty years before Mary passed in 2015. The family moved to Idaho in the early 1960’s as John retired from share cropping and followed other family members working in the bonded police and the Nashua trailer factory. The rest of the Davis family soon followed as everyone wanted to be together.
John and Mary have three children: Dean, Butch, and Tommy. They also have four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
John has always been a giver his whole life, just like his father. John loved to make handmade presents for birthdays and Christmas. John was a loving soul and everyone that met him loved him. John always tried to get everyone to smile and laugh. John and his brother, Joe, were definitely the comedians of the Davis family. John was the last remaining original angel of the Davis family. John filled this world with love and made it a better place. He is together again in heaven with the family he missed so much.