David Davidson leaves behind a collection of arrowheads, legacy of love

Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 7:53 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — When Nathan Davidson, Mary Teel and their cousins go to the riverbed and bridges to look for arrowheads, it's their grandfather that they think about.

David Davidson amassed a collection of hundreds of arrowheads, which he found all over the state of Missouri. His passion for collecting the relics left an impression on many of his grandchildren, who've carried on the family hobby. 

David Martin Davidson of Columbia died Thursday, May 1, 2014. He was 72.

He was born  on Aug. 10, 1941, in Culver City, Calif., to John and Ruby (McGrew) Davidson.

On Dec. 3, 1962, Mr. Davidson married Carolyn Brooks in Fulton. He was a dedicated husband that loved his wife "with every ounce of his being," his daughter, Tammy Teel said. 

"I just keep coming back to how much he loved my mother," Teel said. "It was a very special relationship — he treated her like a queen and did everything for her."

Mr. Davidson moved to Columbia at a young age and lived there for most of his life, his family said. His father was an electrician and he passed the knowledge down to Mr. Davidson. He started his own electrical business, Davidson Electric in 1986 in Columbia.  

Mr. Davidson was a soft-spoken, laid-back man, Teel said. He was a talented craftsman who built and wired the homes that most of his family live in today.

In total, Mr. Davidson built seven homes that he and his family would live in.

"He would build a house — whatever style of home my mother wanted he would build for her — and live there for awhile and then build another one," Teel said.

He was "a blue jean, black shirt man" who loved golf and country music — especially the songs of Johnny Cash, K.T. Oslin and George Straight.

Mr. Davidson was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and a member of Praise Assembly of God church in Columbia.

Mr. Davidson is survived by his wife, Carolyn Davidson; two sons, Timothy Davidson of Columbia and Christopher Davidson of Columbia; two daughters, Tammy Teel of Columbia and Angela Stout and her husband, David, of Lincoln, Neb.; three sisters, Donna Boutin of Happy Valley, Ore., Nancy Fessel of Blackstone, Ill., and Margery Nelson of Aberdeen, N.J.; two brothers, Mike Sapp of Columbia and Andy Davidson of Sparks, Nev.; his step-mother, Mary Black, of Mexico, Mo.; Twelve grandchildren, Sarah Flores and her husband, Juan, Zachary Davidson, Laura Wright, Mary Teel, Michael Davidson, Nicholas Stout, McKenzie Stout, Landon Stout, Karrington Stout, Katie Davidson, Elizabeth Davidson and Nathan Davidson; and three great-grandchildren: Maleki Flores, Christian Flores and Maleigha Davidson.

His brother, Ronald Davidson; his sister, Patricia Sapp; and his parents, John and Ruby Davidson, died earlier. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Praise Assembly of God, 4300 Clark Lane. Burial will follow in Harrisburg Cemetery in Harrisburg. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association, 8150 Brookriver Drive, S-102, Dallas, TX 75247.

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