J.B. Davis, 86, passed away at his home in Killeen, Monday, August 24, 2020. J.B.’s Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday August 29th at The First Baptist Church of Killeen. Pastor, Randy Wallace will provide the eulogy.
James Billy was born in Alton Missouri, January 21, 1934 to James and Beatrice Davis. They moved to Celeste Texas in 1944. He received his high school diploma and was offered a basketball scholarship to attend Kilgore College. J.B. chose to work as a telegraph operator for MKT Railroad. He was also a member of the National Guard and served as a Sergeant in the communications division.
Bill married Claudette on February 19, 1955 and moved to Killeen to be closer to his family later that same summer. It was at this time that Mr. C. R. Clements interviewed him for a position at the First National Bank. He began his banking career in the bookkeeping department and progressed to Vice President of Loans. He especially enjoyed real estate and commercial loans and being able to help start new businesses for the community.
J.B. is a 32nd degree Master Mason in good standing of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Killeen #1125. In 50+ years as a Mason he held several offices including treasurer from 1975-1989. He was also elected as Worshipful Master and still retains his Past Master title.
Bill enjoyed playing golf and playing the keyboard during his retirement. He and Claudette spent time traveling in their motorhome and they spent many evenings dancing the night away.
J.B. was preceded in death by his Father James and Mother Beatrice, his sisters Rhebel Bush, Thela Bea Statzer and Rita Hudson and Great Granddaughter Lizzie Davis. He is survived by his wife, Claudette Davis, two sons, Michael Davis and Chuck Davis of Killeen, and daughter, Elizabeth Dutcher from Salado. He had eight grandchildren, Chad and Brad Davis, Lori Davis, Michelle Davis, Mitchel Smith, Morgan Taylor, David and Crystal Dutcher and nine great grandchildren: Derick, Kaitlynn, Kinsley, Kaydence, Laynee, Haizley, Jett, Gavin, Liam.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his name to: The First Baptist Church of Killeen 3310 South W S Young Drive Killeen, TX 76542
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