OBITUARY

Erwin Davis

2 December, 192516 July, 2021

Erwin Davis, aged 95, died peacefully at his home on Friday, July 16, surrounded by his family and the presence of his Lord, Jesus Christ. His death was the result of complications from Parkinson’s disease, which he had for the last fifteen years of his life.

Erwin was born on December 2, 1925, to Alvis and Hattie Ruth Davis, in Pearl, Texas, along with his “womb-mate” twin brother Ervin. Upon graduating from Pearl High School he entered military service during World War II. He and Ervin served in the 89th Infantry Division in Europe. Requesting to stay together, the twins were a bazooka team. They were able to stay together until they were discharged at the war’s end. Returning from the service, Erwin enrolled in Baylor College and graduated in 1949 with a B.A. in Business Administration. Shortly thereafter he started his life-long career as an accountant with the Kuntz-Sternenberg Lumber Company in Austin. He continued to be a private accountant for the Sternenberg-Dure family for over 50 years. Even after “retirement,” Erwin continued to do accounting and tax work for individuals. He was finishing up some tax documents for a few clients a few months before he died.

Erwin married his one true love, Ruth Elizabeth White, in 1949. He often referred to her as “the best thing that ever happened to me.” They were married at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Austin and continued to be a vital part of the church for the rest of their lives. Erwin served as church treasurer for 30 years and as treasurer for the Nazarene San Antonio District for 25 years. He loved his church and loved serving in whatever way he could. They had two children, RuthAnn and Stanley Kent, and lived in Austin for most of their life together. Ruth succumbed to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in 2009. They had been married 60 years.

Erwin was preceded in death by his wife Ruth, his brothers Ervin, Wilburn, Wayman, and sisters Irene Schroeder and LaVetta Davis. He is survived by his youngest sister, LaVerne Necessary (husband Dwaine) of Gatesville, Texas. He is also survived by his daughter RuthAnn Koepcke (husband Rick), his son Stanley Kent Davis (wife Jean), grandchildren Elizabeth Kropf (husband Ben), Ryan Koepcke, and two great-grandchildren, Samantha and Emma Kropf; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and nephews; and other loving family and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff of Heart to Heart Hospice Care (especially Diana and Jennifer) for the excellent and loving care and support provided during the final days of Erwin’s life. You were a blessing to all of us.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. The Funeral Services will take place at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 23, 2021 also at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. The Graveside Service will follow at 2:00 PM on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Pearl Cemetery in Pearl, Texas.

Memorial Contributions may be directed to Veterans of Foreign Wars.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Alvin Algarin, Active Pallbearer (Austin, Texas)
  • Tony Barbery, Active Pallbearer (Austin, Texas)
  • Larry Durden, Active Pallbearer (Austin, Texas)
  • Walter Hurry, Active Pallbearer (Austin, Texas)
  • Ryan Koepcke, Active Pallbearer (Austin, Texas)
  • Ben Kropf, Active Pallbearer (Austin, Texas)
  • Alvin Algarin, Active Pallbearer (Pearl Cemetery)
  • Tony Barbery, Active Pallbearer (Pearl Cemetery)
  • Walter Hurry, Active Pallbearer (Pearl Cemetery)
  • Ryan Koepcke, Active Pallbearer (Pearl Cemetery)
  • Albert Rut, Active Pallbearer (Pearl Cemetery)
  • David Williams, Active Pallbearer (Pearl Cemetery)

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, 22 July , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 23 July , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 23 July , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, 23 July , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, 23 July , 2021

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Rick Koepcke

31 July 2021

My father-in-law taught me the meaning of kindness. Through his actions. He was always positive, optimistic, and saw the best in everyone. He and Ruth welcomed me into their family when they first met me, and were always supportive and encouraging. Up until the very end of his life, he was expressing interest in those around him: "How was your day? Were you busy?" And always with a grateful heart: "Thank you for all you do for me." One of the very last things he said to me was, "Life is great." He made me, and probably everyone, want to be as good a person as he thought we were. What a legacy to leave.

Lazaro Pina

22 July 2021

It was a blessing to have known this wonderful man. We always enjoyed CiCi’s pizza and coke and talked about war stories. Farewell Mr. Davis, you will be missed.
Lazaro Pina

Renee Banbury

20 July 2021

Erwin was one of the kindest & most soft spoken elder of the Nazarene church. My whole family loved him dearly. I grew up with Stan & I send prayers for you my old friend to help you with your fathers passing. Much love from the English family!

Jon Goins

20 July 2021

Erin was a Godly man who was my mentor and friend. He will be greatly missed by me, my wife Sandy and our children Eric and Amy. We treasure his friendship as a gift from God. We are praying for his family that they would feel the loving arms of God our Father surrounding them and giving them peace.
Love
Jon and Sandy Goins

Millie Ruffin

20 July 2021

My sincere sympathy to all the family! In knowing Erwin over 40 years, we shared a lot of life together. He led a full and faithful life and his love for the Lord was very evident. I am sure he is now rejoicing with his Savior. You will be missed, but we'll see you again!! With Love and Friendship......

Jeff Moseley

20 July 2021

Erwin and Ervin hiked from Evant to Pearl their last day in the Army. “Why?” I asked. “To surprise Mom and Dad!” “Wasn’t an 11 mile trek thru Coryell County hills a big price to pay?” “Nothing compared to walking 25 miles a day thru German forests, in full pack, carrying a bazooka.”

A soldier’s soldier, accountant, loving husband, proud father, churchman, follower of Jesus and Pearl Bluegrass Festival biggest fan.

What a delightful day John and I had, just before COVID, spending a full day with this marvelous Godly, warrior retracing memories of his beloved hometown of Pearl.

We shall miss him until we are reunited.

Tony & Tamara Barbery

19 July 2021

What a true Saint! It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, when he asks how you are doing, he sincerely wants to know. He was so much fun to be around. We will miss you, Brother Davis 😢 Well done good & faithful servant, well done 💕 see you again one day soon & hug JESUS for us 💕

John Moseley

19 July 2021

John Moseley

19 July 2021

It was my honor to have gotten to know Erwin Davis, a gracious, delightful gentleman.

Erwin recounted his childhood at Pearl, Tx, and how he and my father were best friends. His last voicemail left on my phone was calling to remember my dad's birthday, and that he would have been 94.

I too was able to call Erwin my friend and it warms my heart to know that he was close to my Dad and me at different times in his life.

Two years ago, I accompanied Erwin to Europe to retrace his steps as a combat infantryman in WWII. Along the way, Erwin melted the hearts of all the people we met, including young female news reporters and different German politicians. The politicians held a wreath bearing ceremony at a marker for mass burial grave site. I'll never forget the official comments of the Mayor of Ohrdruf.
" Thank you for your sacrifice in coming from so far away to fight and free us from oppression." " Everything we have today, our way of living is because of men like you." " Europe has been peaceful for 75 years, the longest span of time in history, and it is because of America, making the effort to eliminate injustice." Now it is up to Politicians like me to preserve the freedoms that you fought so hard to obtain." " Thank you, Erwin Davis"

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