John William Davis
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John William “Big Bill” Davis, passed away at his home, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.

He was the son of the late Johnny and Mamie Davis.

He was a lifelong resident of Cleveland, where he served as a former deputy sherriff. He worked as a salesman in the used car industry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of Philippi Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother and father, he is preceded in death by a son-in-law, Sam Shamblin; brother, Robert Davis (Oralee); and one great-grandson, Kaiden Farkas.

He leaves behind the following family members to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Virginia Davis; three sons: Bobby Davis and Billy Davis (Linda), Jimmy Ellis (Carolyn), Jerry Ellis; two daughters: Judy Shamblin and Janna Casteel (Waymon); one brother, Larry Davis (Barbara); two brothers-in-law: Robert Lee (Evelyn) and Larry Presswood; one sister, Willie Cantrell of Chula Vista, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Lynda Suggs; six grandchildren: Sean Cawood, J.D. Davis, Amy Farkas (Daryl), Adam Casteel (Lisa), Jami Standridge (Kenneth), and Jennifer Ellis; and eight great-grandchildren: Keegan, Karly, Khloe, and Knox Farkas, Carter and Cooper Casteel, and Kenny and Dez Davis.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Philippi Baptist Church, 2325 Old Harrison Pike N.W., Cleveland, TN 37311.

The funeral will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. at the church with Dr. Sammy Hooker officiating.

Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Friday Oct. 19, 2012, at 11 a.m.

Wesley Davis, Steve Davis, Daryl Farkas, Sean Cawood, Jackie Burrell, and Adam Casteel will serve as pallbearers. Bob Porter and Dale Elkins will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Gideons International.

You are invited to share a personal memory or your condolences with his family at his memorial Web page located at

Companion Funeral & Cremation Service is honored to assist the Davis family with the arrangements.