Donald Davis, 87, funeral Tuesday

Published 9:46 am Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Donald Davis, age 87, passed away Oct. 24, 2019, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

Funeral services for Mr. Davis will be today (Oct. 29) at 2 p.m. at Batesville Presbyterian Church. The family received friends Monday evening at the church. Burial will be at Magnolia Cemetery in with Rev. Jerry Long officiating.

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Mr. Davis was born Oct. 12, 1932, to the late Thomas Jefferson Davis, Jr. and Lois Ozelle Hendrix Davis in Batesville, A lifelong Batesville resident, he was the owner of Davis Family Pharmacy, where he practiced and served the community since 1956, following graduation from the University of Mississippi pharmacy school.

Mr. Davis had worked for the pharmacy since the age of 12 and this is where he found his love for pharmacy at an early age. He was a member of the Mississippi State Pharmacy Association.

He was a founding member of the Panola County Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of the Batesville Civitan Club.

He was the recipient of the national pharmacy award Bowl of Hygeia for Mississippi. This award is given to one pharmacist in the state each year to recognize that person’s outstanding community service in their local community.

Mr. Davis was a member of Batesville Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder.

In his spare time, he raised black angus cows and also raised horses.

The loving family he leaves behind to cherish his precious memory include his wife of 67 years, Betty Gillespie Davis of Batesville; daughter, Dianne Davis Cummins (Larry) of Batesville; two sons, Donald Davis, Jr. of Batesville, and Dale Davis (Julie) of Oxford; five grandchildren, Michael Davis, Christopher Cummins, Adam Cummins, Kendal Davis, and LCpl. Ian Davis, USMC; two great grandchildren, Cera Jo Davis and Madison Davis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Batesville Presbyterian Church, 121 Eureka St., Batesville, MS 38606 or United Service Organization, USO.

Wells Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.