William John “Bill” Davis went to his Heavenly home on Jan. 9, 2021 with his daughters by his side.
Bill was born in Wharton on Nov. 13, 1944 to John Marion and Velma Spalinger Davis.
His paternal grandparents are William and Mary Davis of Bastrop County and William and Cora Spalinger of Eagle Lake, all of whom preceded him in death, along with many aunts and uncles on both sides of the family. Bill’s parents bought a grocery store in Columbus, and Bill spent his first several years living in Columbus. His parents moved to Victoria where he attended Victoria High School. Following graduation in 1962, he attended Victoria Community College and joined the National Guard where he served two years.
In 1965, Bill married Sherry Brundrett of Rockport and they were blessed with two daughters. Bill had a love for sports, especially football, and outdoor life – hunting, fishing, farm work, the beach, and the mountains. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited most of his life and attended many of their functions throughout Texas. Bill also loved dogs, especially labs. He was an accomplished field dog trainer and served as president of a field trial lab club in San Antonio for several years. He also enjoyed being involved in community activities and was an active member of the Victoria Jaycees for many years helping on fund-raising projects for that community.
In 1976, Bill married Lynette Farr Sexton of Ventura, Calif. and they resided in Houston 14 years. Lynette came into the marriage with a son, Jeff Sexton, whom Bill became a good stepfather to. While Dianna, Tanya and Jeff were young, Lynette and Bill enjoyed many wonderful family times.
Bill worked as an industrial construction manager for DuPont in Freeport and as a high-rise commercial construction manager for Harvey/Hines Construction in Houston. He was a very capable and highly regarded employee for these companies and had the opportunity to help raise several of Houston’s tallest buildings.
After retirement, Bill enjoyed several years of RV travel throughout the USA with his longtime friend, Paula Wagner, visiting several national and state parks and even taking short-term work assignments at some of them.
Following a stroke in 2009, he was admitted to Windsong Care Center in Pearland. He was a resident there and received excellent care throughout the last 11 ½ years of his life. On behalf of his entire family, we extend our heartfelt thank you to every caregiver at Windsong and other medical facilities for their friendly, helpful, and genuine care of Bill.
Bill leaves behind his daughters: Dianna Roberts (Jeff) of Richmond, and Tanya Hagar (Doug) of Pearland; five grandchildren: Avrie, Bryce (Savanna), Colin and Danae Roberts, Hanna Hagar; great-grandchild Caylee Jane Roberts; sister Betty Nickel; niece Lora Mount (Glenn); great-niece Paige Weaver (Justin); great-great-niece Julia; great-great-nephew Nickelas, all of Victoria; and a nephew Wayne Shult of Alice.
Bill was cremated and his ashes will be placed near his family in Wharton during a private memorial later this spring. He also asked that some of his ashes be scattered on the Snake River in Idaho, one of his very favorite places to visit.