OBITUARY - FRANKLIN ROYCE DAVIS
Franklin Royce DAVIS was born April 11, 1917, to Alvin R. and Etta Pearl GRAY DAVIS on a farm near Kellerton, Iowa. He
passed away December 19, 2000, at Bates Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas, at the age of 83.
Royce graduated from Kellerton high school in 1933 after which he attended the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, and the
American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1941 he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in several states, as well as serving with the 89th
Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations. He served four and one-half years in the service and was
discharged with the rank of captain. While stationed at Camp Lee at Petersburg, Virginia, he met Pearl MORRISON of
Mechanicsville, Virginia, and they were united in marriage on May 29, 1943, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Following the war, Royce and Pearl made their home in Mount Ayr where their daughters, Marilyn and Carol, were born.
During this time, Royce was employed at the Security State Bank, serving as president for the last 18 years of his career.
After his retirement they moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas, where he was residing at the time of his death.
Royce was preceded in death by his parents.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Pearl of Bella Vista, Arkansas; his daughters, Marilyn SAVILLE and husband James
of Mount Ayr, and Carol EIGHMY and husband Mark of Packwood, Iowa; grandsons, Nathan EIGHMY and wife Sunny, Brandon
EIGHMY and fiancée Veronica MYERS, and Doug SAVILLE and wife Suzan; great-grandchildren Bailey and Ryan SAVILLE; a sister
Louise MEADOWS of Kellerton; nieces and nephews, and many other friends and relatives.
Services were held on Friday, December 23, 2000, at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr with Reverend Michael DRUHL
officiating. Musicians were Mrs. Malcolm EIGHMY and Dr. Collus LAWHEAD. Casket bearers were Doug SAVILLE, Nathan EIGHMY,
Brandon EIGHMY, Malcolm EIGHMY, Craig ELLIOTT and Dave STILL.
Honorary pallbearers were LeRoy BLESSMAN, L. Banks WILSON, Dr. Charles LAWHEAD, Alvin VARNER, Don SOLLIDAY, Clyde SUMMERS,
Dan CUNNING and Dr. Duane MITCHELL.
Franklin was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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