James Lee Davis Sr., son of the late Glen Ray and Hazel Maude (Drummond) Davis, was born August 31, 1943 in Oceola, Nebraska.   As a young child, James and his family moved to Reno, Nevada where he spent the majority of his childhood and early teenage years.
James entered the United States Army and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge on May 15, 1964.  After his discharge from the Army, James returned home to Reno.  He spent a few years there before moving to the St. Louis area where he remained the remainder of his years until just recently.  He moved to the Waynesville area to be close to his son.
James worked as a handyman and construction worker.  He enjoyed working with his hands.  James loved helping people out and was always extending a helping hand to his children and other people as well.  He was a very spiritual man and enjoyed being outdoors in nature and watching the wildlife.  He also enjoyed motorcycles.
James passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Mercy Hospital, Springfield having attained the age of 68 years.
James leaves to cherish his memory his five children, Coyzette Davis of Rolla, MO, Michelle Jackson of St. Louis, MO, Jeannie Fitzsimmons of Devils Elbow, MO, Kenneth Ray Davis of Rolla, MO, and Deanna Dunning of Tinley Park, IL; twenty-six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Denny and Bobby Davis; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by one sister, Dottie Davis and one son, James Lee Davis, Jr.
Memorial services with military honors were held at 2 p.m. June 5, 2012, in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert with Rev. Christopher Hendrix officiating.  The songs “Holes in the Floor of Heaven”, “Daddy’s Hands” and “Amazing Grace” were played.  Military honors were provided by the Missouri Honors Team.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of James Davis, Sr. and may be left at the funeral home.  Online condolences can be sent at www.memorialchapelsandcrematory.com.