Ralph Rowland Davis, 80, of Englewood, passed away, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at his residence.
He retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a postmaster and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, on the USS Eldorado.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Englewood and also a member of the Gospelairs.
He was preceded in death by one son, Rickey Wilson; his parents, Robert and Vesta Davis; two brothers-in-law: Rutherford Davis and Howard Lovingood; and one niece, Jane Phemister.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Davis, of Englewood; children and spouses: Carol Davis and Larry Buckner of Cookeville, Randy Davis of Athens, Beth and Davis Truelove of Englewood and JJ Murrey of Athens; grandchildren and spouses: Shelly and Keith Hembree, Ashley and David Sims, Zachary and Bethany Buckner, Kyle Buckner, Cody Biggam, Morgan Biggam, Jessie Truelove and Abbie Truelove; great-grandchildren: Kayla Miller, Kayli Hembree, Bella Buckner, Bessie Buckner, Betty Buckner, Anna Kate Sims, Raylen Hembree and Zayne Buckner; brothers and sisters-in-law: Harold Davis of Athens, Boyd and Wilma Davis of Englewood, Glen and Linda Davis of Cleveland, Jimmy and Bobbie Davis of Cookeville, Tommy and Gayle Davis of Athens and Gene and Nancy Davis of Athens; sisters and brothers-in-law: Juanita Davis-Lovingood of Englewood, Margaret and Joe Pardue of Cleveland, Betty and Pat Torbett of Englewood, Ruth and Sherman Patterson of Knoxville, Trula and Ray Patterson of Athens; sisters-in-law: Betty Mayfield of Etowah, Bobbie Mayfield of Maryville, Dean Pickens of Athens and Elizabeth Mayfield of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m., today, Sept. 25, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Englewood with Pastor Russ Maples officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. on today, prior to the service.
Family and friends will assemble at McMinn Memory Gardens on Thursday, for the 11 a.m. committal service with military honors.
His brothers will serve as pallbearers. Kenny Dixon, Kendall Armstrong, Gene Carter, Jerome Reid, Doyle Barnett and David Crabtree will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Englewood Youth, P.O. Box 185, Englewood TN 37329.
Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah is in charge of arrangements.
If you are unable to attend, sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com.