Jeremiah Virgil (Jerry) Davis passed away July 10,2017
Jeremiah Virgil (Jerry) Davis of Ida, AR, died Monday, July 10, 2017 at Unity Health - White County Medical Center in Searcy, AR. He was born on May 1, 1920 at Drasco, AR, the son of Boyd Davis and Edna (Sizemore) Davis.
Jerry was educated in the Cleburne County Public Schools. Then he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps. On April 28, 1940, he married Mildred Lacey, his wife of 68 years.
Jerry joined the Navy in September 1942. He built runways, hangars and barracks on the island of Maui with a Navy Construction Battalion until October 1944.
After the war, Jerry and Mildred moved from Arkansas to Indiana and spent their working career years there. They retired and moved back to Ida, AR in 1993. Jerry spent countless hours researching and documenting the history of Cleburne County and its residents. He documented and restored grave yards throughout Cleburne County. Jerry made sure WW2 veterans had a monument for their grave and placed flags on all veteran's graves for Memorial Day in several cemeteries in the county.
Jerry was a member of Pleasant Ridge General Baptist Church, Ida, AR. He was member of the Sugar Loaf #414 Free and Accepted Masons. He was a Life Member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, The American Legion and The Knights Templar.
Jerry is survived by his brother Leroy Davis of Little Rock, AR, sisters Ariel Marlene Ellinwood of Englewood FL, Wincie Hughes of Maumelle, AR and Ester Dacus of Batesville, AR, a grandson William Wooden and a great grandson Austin Wooden of Holaday, FL and his best friend Trudy Davis of Batesville, AR.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Lacy Davis, daughter Marilyn Wooden and son-in-law John Wooden.
Visitation is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm on Thursday, July 13, 2017 with funeral services beginning at 2:00pm at Olmstead Funeral Home officiated by Bro. Terry Mote with Masonic Rites. Interment with military honors will follow in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens.