Private Howard Leslie Davis left his earthly home and went to his Heavenly home on November 17, 2020.
Born on November 8, 1921, he was the son of the late William Edward Davis “Old Pappy” and Sylvia Mae (Farris) Davis. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary S. (Beckman) Davis, his daughter, Leora “Sis”; his sister, Frances “Sissy”; and his six brothers, Rev. George “Buster”, Johnny, Calvin, Homer, Thomas “Tommy” and Benjamin “Bennie”.
Mr. Davis was a very proud WWII United States Army Veteran. As a Private in the First Class Company “A” 359th Engineers, he served in the Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland battles. He was honorably discharged with a Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Award and the World War II Medal.
Mr. Davis would walk to the mines in Barnum, WV with his Dad and brothers. He worked and retired from Westvaco, where he worked as a paper maker on the 8 and 9 machines. After the Army, he met and eventually married Mary Sue Beckman on New Year’s Eve 1950. He enjoyed fishing while he was able to go, riding his four wheeler, as well as attending livestock and junk sales. He hunted every year on his land and sometimes got his deer when his gun sights were not messed up. In 1998 he got his first turkey in his life and he was very proud, he made is daughter Lesia clean it. He raised coon dogs and hunted for most of his life.
He was a man that was set in his ways and could be a difficult person to please and get along with, but he taught his children responsibility and the meaning of hard work. He will always be loved and remembered as the oldest living man on the mountain.
Mr. Davis is survived by his daughter, Lesia Louise and husband, Michael; and his sons, Guy Edward and wife, Debra, Michael Owen and wife, Myla, Joseph Henry and wife, Debra, Douglas Eugene and wife, Barbara, and Andrew Dale and wife, Rebecca. Mr. Davis is also survived numerous grandchildren, he was especially close to his tag-along Jacob Leslie Davis, because they were so much alike. He loved arguing and joking with a couple of his special grandchildren. He is survived by numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and a special caregiver, Michelle Wilt, whom he liked to argue with.
Family and friends will be received on Saturday, November 21st at Boal Funeral Home, Westernport from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A funeral service will follow the visitation at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. George Tichnell officiating.
Interment will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Swanton.
The family would especially like to thank The Country House in Cumberland for their excellent care, kindness and compassion.
In accordance with current health regulations, face coverings must be worn at the funeral home.
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