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John Davis

July 26, 1937 ~ July 30, 2022 (age 85)


Mr. John Davis, 85, of Nacogdoches, TX passed away on July 30, 2022, in Lufkin, TX. He was born on July 26, 1937, in Lufkin, TX.

John Dudley Davis was raised by his grandparents, Dudley and Nora Davis. His grandfather was a Methodist minister, primarily serving in the East Texas area. John graduated from Central Heights High School, where he also met his wife, Pauline. His sixty-seven year marriage to Pauline began May 30th, 1955, when he was seventeen.

John was a highly revered and respected member of Pipeliners Local Union 798, where he spent his entire professional career. For over sixty years, John worked as a welder, inspector, and in numerous other capacities. Affectionately referred to as “Pee-wee” for his small stature, John was known for his ability to build or repair nearly anything mechanical or structural.

In his personal life, John enjoyed fishing and working on his property near Nacogdoches. He cared deeply for his family, and was especially close with his younger son, Paul.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline; brother Lee Baxter Davis and sister-in-law Waynette Davis; grandson Ryan Paul Davis and grandaughter-in-law Stacey Steger; granddaughter Megan Lea Davis and granddaughter-in-law Paige Davis; and great-grandchildren Evangeline Claire Karl, Harper Elise Karl, and Mary Harper Davis. 

He is preceded in death by his sisters DeAnna Zander and Mary Ann Calvart, and sons Carl Dudley Davis and Paul David Davis.

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