Holden (Hody) Davis, 92, formerly of Fort Smith, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Greenwood. He was born July 1, 1920, in Hagarville, Arkansas. He served in the United States Army during WWII and was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was a retired journeyman plumber. He was a born-again Christian, baptized at the age of 74. He was preceded in death by three wives, Betty Boman Davis, Opal Davis and Mildred Lyons Davis; his only son William Holden Davis, his parents, J.P. and Sally Davis, and 11 brothers and sisters, two step brothers and one stepsister (who truly were siblings at heart).
He is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Pierce and her husband Alvin of Aumsville, OR, Dianne Galla and her husband George of Corona, CA and Sally Schultz and her husband Marvin of Diamondhead, MS; eight grandchildren, Carolyn, Vern, Katrina, Deborah, William, Rebecca, Steven and Marla; fifteen great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; as well his special nephew, Robert Williams (Ellie); a niece, Molly Ann Hicks and his companion, Arlene Buff.
He could play any tune on the fiddle after hearing it just once. He enjoyed entertaining others with his gift of music. Hody and his lifelong love of music will always be remembered by those who knew and loved him.
The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Massard Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Smith.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel, 137 No. Main St., Greenwood, Reverend Philip Pevehouse will be officiating.