Vardaman---William Charley “Bill” Davis, 78, passed away at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston, MS on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Born September 29, 1942, in Booneville, MS, he was the son of the late Leland Davis and the late Eula “Chick” Bullard Davis. He was a very active member of Vardaman Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School, and was treasurer of the board. Bill attended Calhoun City High School, graduating in 1960, and then went on to Hinds Jr. College and Delta State University. He was a star football player for the Calhoun City Wildcats, and was a member of the North Half All-Star team for 1960. He spent his working life as production manager at Heatcraft/McQuay for some 40 years, where he still had many close friends. On November 30, 1967, he married the love of his life, Carolyn Ashby Davis, and they have spent 53 wonderful years together, raising their son, Charley, along the way. Bill proudly served in the National Guard for 29 years until retiring. In his free time, he spent many carefree days duck hunting and fishing. He was also an avid sports fan, especially the SEC and the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
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Bill was loved and highly respected by his community. He made the world a better place through simple, principled living, both personally and professionally. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
Pryor Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Davis family.
A funeral service celebrating his life will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 2:00pm at Pryor Funeral Home. There will also be a visitation on Monday, October 12, 2020 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at the funeral home, and also on Tuesday one hour prior to service time. Bro. Jim Vance, Bro. William Montgomery, and Bro. Will Dowling will be officiating.
Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Hamilton, Tommy Lee Davis, Billy Ray, Kamron Stanford, Josh Hamilton, Michael Jones, Preston Blue, Mike Jones, and Mark Edwards.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Kenny Tierce, Dabb Conner, Jack Wilson, Van Walls, Fred Nabors, Walt Edington, Dr. Patel, Dr. Threadgill, Jimmy Coker, Dr. Castillo, the 223rd National Guard Troops, and past workers and friends at Heatcraft.
He leaves behind his wife Carolyn Ashby Davis; son, Charley Davis of Southaven; sisters, Paula Davis and Barbara Davis both of Calhoun City, and Susan Davis Ray and husband Mike of Anguilla, MS; brothers, Thomas L Davis and wife Rita of Meridian, Ken Davis and wife Marsha of Calhoun City, and Harry Davis and wife Jessie of Bellfontaine; 2 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joy Davis Barry; brother-in-law, Jim Barry; and brother-in-law, Bud Hardin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vardaman Methodist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at pryorfuneralhome.com.