Jimmy C. Davis, an electrical engineer, remembered as active in community
COLUMBIA — Jimmy C. Davis of Columbia died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, of bone cancer. He was 72.
Mr. Davis was born in Stephens on Dec. 14, 1938, the son of Talmon and Helen Davis.
After attending Hickman High School, Mr. Davis attended MU. There he participated in ROTC and won drill team honors.
A 17-year employee of the City of Columbia Electrical Engineering Department, he made his living working with electrical utilities. Mr. Davis spent another 25 years as the chief engineer for Boone Electric Cooperativebefore retiring in 1999.
Outside of his career, Mr. Davis participated in a number of organizations and community efforts, including committees to standardize local electrical and safety codes. He was also active socially in his community as a member of The Dudes & Dames Square Dance Club, former president of the Northwest Square Dance Association and a Master Mason of Acacia Lodge #602 A.F. & A.M.,president of Tiger Shrine in 1990 and Past Grand Monarch of the Grottoes of North American in 1996-97.
Mr. Davis did everything he could to get others involved and excited about his causes and projects.
Mr. Davis’s interests were diverse — he spent time coaching softball, target shooting and doing woodwork. He enjoyed duck, deer and squirrel hunting and kept dogs and pet crows that he took on his hunting trips. At one time he had 27 dogs. He also enjoyed his John Deere tractor.
His other great passion was for his Harley-Davidson motorcycles which he and his wife, Pat, had taken on many road trips across America over the years.
He also enjoyed recounting his adventures and making new friends wherever he went. Later in life he could often be found at the local Bob Evans restaurant, exchanging stories with strangers and looking for good conversation.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Pat,; five children; and nine grandchildren.
A visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. At his request, he will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Boone County Historical Society, 3801 Ponderosa St., Columbia MO 65201.
Tributes can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.