Al Ray Davis
Al Ray Davis, 83, of Dallas, Ga., and formerly of Sale Creek, died Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014, at his home in Dallas, Ga. He was born on Dec. 24, 1930 in Dayton to the late Raymond Erwin and Margaret Delilah Reed Davis. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Frances Wilene Iles Davis. Al Ray was a long time resident of Sale Creek and Marietta, Ga. Al Ray served his country as a radio/radar technician on the P2V Neptune AJ1 Savage aircraft with the US Navy. He retired in 1987 after 35 years as an electronics technician for Lockheed-Martin and was a member of the Cornerstone Church of God in Dayton. He is survived by his three sons, Thomas (Jennifer) Davis, of Ellenwood, Ga., James (Terri) Davis, of Kennesaw, Ga., and Danny (Angie) Davis, of Dallas, Ga.; one stepson, Darrell McMillon, of Dayton; one stepdaughter, Edwina Brown, of Dallas, Ga.; four sisters, Nita Jean Fox, of Hixson, Clairice Ryon, of Grand Blanc, Mich., Martha Kay ((Bobby) Thomas, of North Jackson, Ohio, and Billie Joyce Francisco, of Sale Creek; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-granddaughter along with his special friend Pat Kaylor of Dayton. Funeral services for Al Ray will be held Saturday at noon in the funeral home chapel with his pastor, Rev. Donnie Cox officiating. He will be laid to rest in Welsh-Rogers Cemetery in Sale Creek with military honors followed by a white dove release. Please share your memories of Al Ray on his online guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com. The family is being served by the Vanderwall Funeral Home where they will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. today. Memorial contributions may be made to the History of Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla.