Gail Foster Davis was born on November 30, 1938 In Duncan to Roy T. "Peaches" Davis and Verda Juree Davis. He died on June 17, 2021 at the age of 82.
As a young child, Gail and his mother followed "Peaches" as he traveled the United States and Canada pitching for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. After "Peaches" quit baseball, they moved back to Duncan and Gail attended Duncan schools graduating high school in 1957. He had a group of buddies from Duncan with whom he stayed very close and always loved getting together over a cup of coffee.
Gail graduated from OSU with a degree in mechanical engineering and came back to Duncan to work for Halliburton where he designed blenders for 37 years. He had 13 patents.
Held up in the highest esteem by his family, Gail Davis was an example of what a good honorable man should be. He was dedicated to his education, to his job, but mostly to his family. He and Carolyn married July 10, 1970, and were married for over 50 years, during which time they had one daughter, Misty Gail. He adored her and was so proud of the woman and mother she became. Then, with absolute pure joy, he welcomed his 3 grandchildren, Aaron, Hannah, and Davis, into the family where he became known as "Pops".
"Pops” blossomed as a grandfather. He said they were the best hobby a man could have. He loved taking them places and teaching them about the world. They have wonderful memories of trips to the coast, Yellowstone, Washington DC, Colorado, Disney World, and even Peru where he stood atop Machu Pichu. He taught each of them to drive using his old jeep and tractor.
At 79, Gail was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 3 years later he was pronounced cured. His doctors said he was a miracle man. But the toll it took on his body finally caught up with him in kidney failure. He was a pillar of strength during all the tribulations he endured and never wavering shall always be remembered as the most courageous of men.
Gail is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his daughter, Misty, and her husband, David Smith, of Hobart; his in-laws, Ray and Jo Ann Ridge of Duncan; and his six grandchildren: Aaron Goodman and spouse, Liz, of Wellston; Hannah Goodman of Bartlesville; Davis Reents of Hobart; Kellan Smith of Weatherford; Kenlee Smith of Stillwater; Karissa Smith of Hobart. His grandchildren will serve as his pallbearers.
His family thanks the many hospitals, doctors, and nurses who helped Gail in his final journey. We give special thanks to his caregiver, Andie Arrington. And, we thank all the friends he has had over his lifetime. He cherished each and every one of them.
Even though his family grieves, we take comfort knowing that his acceptance of Christ gives him an eternity of happiness and perfect health.
The celebration of his life will be Monday, June 21, at 10:30 in the Whitt Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Southerland officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, online at pancan.org/ways-to-give/.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh.com.
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