Bill "Billy" W. Davis, 779th
17 December 2007
Bill W. Davis died Dec. 17, 2007 following surgery for
lung cancer. Bill was born in Joplin, Missouri on Sept. 7, 1920 to Stella and
Robert H. Davis.
He graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1938. He
enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant,
and flew B-24 bombers in Italy with the 464th Bombardment Group of the 15th
Army Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak
Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the American Theater
Ribbon, the EAME Ribbon with 7 battle stars, a Distinguished Unit Citation and
the Victory Medal.
He was honorably discharged and returned to Tulsa, Okla.
where he married Frances Leone Bassham in 1945. Frances preceded him in
death in 2005 after nearly 60 years of devoted marriage. Following the war, Bill
attended, and graduated from, the University of Tulsa where he did the original
sign-on for the university’s new radio station KWGS. He retired from Metal
Goods Corp. in 1990 after a long career in sales.
Bill was a volunteer tutor with Project Finish for many years
and received immense pleasure from working with all of his students. He was
also a member of the Board of Directors of the Brown & Gold club at Johnson
County Community College in Overland Park. He was a believer in life-long
education and was honored to participate in the mission of B&G.
Bill is survived by his daughter Carla Davis-McCoy, his son
Bill R. Davis, his granddaughter Michelle Jones (Jeff) and his great-grandchildren
Riley and Bridget.
A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 21, at Christ
Church Anglican in Overland Park, Kansas. Inurnment with military honors was
at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers
were made to Global Mobilization Ministries, the Uganda/Sudan Medical Mission
c/o Christ Church Anglican in Overland Park, the American Heart Association,
and other charities of choice.
We still miss him every day.