It is said that when life begins, it is like a chapter in an open book with many blank pages. Each day as we live, our deeds are recorded page by page until we close our eyes in death and await that great getting up morning.
John Larry Davis’ chapter began on April 24, 1945, born to Johnnie and Annie Ree Davis, in the city of Marshall, Texas. He attended Green Star School, a black school, grades 1‒12, in
Marshall, Texas. He became a Master Plumber early in age and ran his own successful plumbing business. He married Tiris Mae Hardeman, and they were married for 56 long, wonderful, loving years. He enjoyed living life to the fullest. His hobbies consisted of playing dominoes, watching football, spending time with family, and multiple fun activities.
Preceding him in death are his loving parents, Johnny and Annie Ree Davis; his son, Jonaker Tavares Davis; two brothers, Lonzo Tanglin and Richard Davis; and three sisters, Ethel (Foxx) Davis, Kattie Daniels and Bessie Davis.
The final chapters in John Larry Davis’ book ended on June 5, 2018, in Dallas, Texas. He leaves to cherish his memories: his very loving wife of 56 years, Tiris Mae Davis of Dallas, Texas; daughters, Danita Means (Tyrone) of Longview, Texas, and Tavaria Clayton of Dallas, Texas; one son, Jonathan Grant (Latiffaney) of Dallas, Texas; four granddaughters, Chiquettae Daniels, KnyPatian Brown, both of Longview, Texas, Tavaria Clayton (Kervin) and Shalinda Stafford, both of Dallas, Texas; two grandsons, Patrick K. Brown, Jr., of Longview, Texas, and Jordan Grant of Dallas, Texas; two step-grandchildren, Corey and Courtney Green, both of Dallas, Texas; three brothers, John D. Davis (a.k.a., Hooker) (Christine), Melvin J. Davis (Beneva) and Joe L. Davis (Tracy), all of Dallas, Texas; four sisters, Ruby Slaughter of Houston, Texas, Vickie McCowan (Lesley) of Longview, Texas, Glenda Morning (Harvey) of Dallas, Texas, and Barbara McCowan (Wesley) of Marshall, Texas; three aunts, Paula Davis of Chicago, Illinois, Alice Johnson (James) of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Jeanette Pilot of Ft. Worth, Texas; four uncles, “Theater Davis” of Dallas, Texas, Sherman Davis (Zeola) of Dallas, Texas, Allen Davis of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Henry Davis (Lula-Rae) of Fairfield, Texas; great-grandkids, Ta’Keemia Finley, Haylynn Dumas, Daniya Brown, Karis Arps, Kalani Arps, Nevaeh Brown, Serenity Brown, Patrick Kevin Brown III, Kervin Akeem Finley II, and four more; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and co-workers.