Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ernest Louis Davis 1968-1986

Ernest Louis Davis, of Route 3, Dixon, was born on April 13, 1968 at Waynesville, a son of Ernest Louis and Gayle Marie Crews Davis, and departed this life at 5:15 p.m., on Monday afternoon, June 16, 1986, at the Rolling Springs Lake which is located eight miles northwest of Dixon in rural Maries County.  Louis was pronounced dead at the scene by Maries County Coroner, David Martin, which ruled his death was due to accidental drowning since the victim had apparently stepped into a hole of water over his head, and he was a non-swimmer.  Louis had attained the age of 18 years, 2 months and 3 days.

Louis had attended the Santee Community Church near Dixon and would have been a senior this coming school year at the Dixon R-1 High School.

Those left to mourn the passing of Louis include: His parents, Ernest and Gayle Davis, of the home near Dixon; two brothers, George Davis and Danny Davis, both of the home; four sisters, Ann Cooper and Fran Raiford, both of Hammond, Indiana, and Paula Davis and Brenda Davis, both of the home; maternal grandparents, Leman and Dorothy Crews, Dixon; maternal great-grandfather, John Schaffner, St. Charles; and many other relatives and friends.

Fond memories of Louis will long be remembered in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were conducted for Louis at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday afternoon, June 19, 1986, in the Dixon Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes with the Rev. Daniel Wessling, Pastor, Santee Community Church, officiating.  DeWayne Brown sang “Mansion Over The Hilltop” and “In The Sweet By and By” and was accompanied by his daughter, Natalie Brown.

Interment was in the Pisgah Cemetery near Dixon under the direction of the Dixon Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes.  Pallbearers for Louis were Tracy Beam, Bryan Ramsey, Shane Eberle, Brad Wanns, Craig Sloan and Wally Warner.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Ernest Louis Davis Memorial Fund with envelopes being available at the Dixon office of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home.

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