Billy Joe Davis, 85, passed away on April 27, 2021 at the Veterans Home in Jackson, MS from complications with Alzheimer’s. We are thankful he was able to be surrounded by
his loving family at his time of death.
Billy Joe was born on January 2, 1936, son of the late Grady and Katie Waller Davis of Midway.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Dampeer Davis of Madison, his five children--Joey Davis, Annette Davis Samson (Paul), Jeff Davis (LeDoux), Steve Davis (Mary Carol), Vince Davis(Marion); Grandchildren-Patrick, Jonathan, Sara Grace, Nora Grace, Storm, Hunter, Isabella and Roman; Stepchildren and Step-GrandchildrenCathy Chapman(Todd) and Charlie Cox(Clara), Ashley, Clint, Hayden and Ethan; Great Grandchildren-John Grady, Samuel, Grace and Emory Ann; Brother Clayton Davis
and Sisters Carol Davis Domino, Dorothy Davis Malone and Gail Davis Hamilton.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Grace Domino Davis, Brothers-James Grady Davis and Wendell (Bubba) Davis.
Billy Joe was born and lived most of his life in Yazoo County, where he married and raised his five children. He attended Southern MS on a football scholarship before joining the Army in Fort Hood, TX where he played baseball. Everyone enjoyed hearing his adventurous stories from Ft. Hood, including how he loved the company of fellow Army buddy, Elvis Presley as he played his guitar in the evenings. Upon leaving the Army, Billy Joe returned to his native Mississippi and shortly after began his career at South Central Bell where he worked for 32 years and received numerous awards and promotions.
He continued to be active in sports and in 1962, was honored by
the National Baseball Congress with a spot on the Mississippi Statewide All Star team.
Following his retirement from South Central Bell, he began his second career as a Lead Project Manager for Jacobson Industries, where he traveled and lived all over the US, including Hawaii! He also had time to pursue his passion of woodworking and produced countless items, including benches, trunks and boxes that will forever be family treasures. Throughout the years, he coached most of his four sons’ baseball and football teams. As a result of his talent and demonstration of commitment and hard work, two of his sons, two granddaughters and two grandsons went on to play sports at the college level. Last year, his family took a baseball bat and ball to the nursing home to see if he would play, and to help with cognitive stimulation. Although dementia had taken over his mind, the memory of swinging the bat was still there and the family has those precious memories of him hitting baseballs, at age 84, in the backyard of the nursing home.
He was a great father, husband, grandfather and friend who will be missed immensely but whose memory will live on for generations to come. Services will be held at Midway Baptist Church Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:00 am, with visitation starting at 10:00 am. The burial will be held immediately following at the church cemetery. The family has entrusted Stricklin King Funeral Home of Yazoo City with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his Honor to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 16th floor, New York, NY10001-(866) 232-8484. Info@alzfdn.org