C. Morris Davis

November 9, 1942December 29, 2019

Clair Morris Davis was born November 9, 1942 in Monticello, Arkansas. He died Sunday, December 29, 2019 in Austin, Texas, surrounded by his loving family.

Morris was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Some of his great joys in life centered around coaching and watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He was an avid golfer and loved watching Rice sports, particularly football and baseball.

Morris was a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law. While attending law school he received the Order of the Coif and was a member of the University of Texas Law Review. He graduated with honors and immediately joined the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge, and Kilgore. He remained at the law firm for thirty-nine years and served as the managing partner for several years. He was listed in Best Lawyers (1987-2005) in the fields of Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities Law as well as in Corporate Law (2006). He was admitted to the United States Court of Claims and United States District Courts for the Western District of Texas.

In 2006 Morris became General Counsel for Temple Inland, a Fortune 500 company. He served there until its acquisition by International Paper in 2012. At that time he returned to McGinnis Lochridge as Attorney at Law.

Morris was a member of the American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, State Bar of Texas, Entech, Inc., a subsidiary of Montana Power Company (Board of Directors), Foundation for the Homeless (Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board), and was an elder at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church.

Morris was preceded in death by his parents, Clair Morris Davis and Edna Davis Philips. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, June Williams Davis, and their children, Clair Morris Davis III (Tres) and Paul Rogers, Ellen and Imad Salem and their children Philip, Andrew, and Jonathan, and Lynne and Joel Simon and their children Joshua and Paige.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 2nd at 2:00 at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Morris’ memory to The Foundation for the Homeless or to Rice Athletics.


  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, January 2, 2020


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Lydia Miller

March 23, 2020

June Davis, I remember you and Morris teaching our Sunday school class and what a positive influence you had on us. I am so sorry for your loss, and I pray the Heavenly Father pours out His love out on your family in a special way in Jesus name.

Karan Ciotti

January 8, 2020

What a great man! So wise, and just a joy to be around. Greatest thing to ever come out of Monticello, Arkansas.
Getting to work with him - even just getting to talk to him every now and then - was a gift. He made life better.

Tom O'Meara

January 3, 2020

Morris Davis served as an outstanding leader of the bar, known for his competence and integrity. He was a committed community builder, serving the Foundation for the Homeless in many capacities since its founding. Morris was a great influence over the course of Westlake Presbyterian Church, guiding the Church to become an important influence in the Westlake community and in Mission Presbytery. Morris is especially known as a leader of young people, showing them how to serve as they grow in their profession lives. My family will be praying for Morris and for June and for all those that are mourning Morris's loss.

David Randell

January 1, 2020

Morris was a brilliant lawyer and gentleman. I feel honored to have known him. Condolences to his family.

Karen Viger

December 31, 2019

Morris was my first boss at McGinnis, lochridge and Kilgore. I even would babysit his son and daughter back then. He was such a delightful man with so much character. I am so sorry. The world was a better place with him in it.

Cindy Horton

December 30, 2019

It was my true pleasure to have Morris as a mentor, teacher, employer and friend for over 20 years while working at McGinnis. I would not have wanted to miss any of it. Enjoy this journey to your everlasting life and your reward for a job well done. I look forward to seeing you again.

Ann Pennington

December 30, 2019

What fun we all had as we shared our young married lives. He was such a gentle, fun person. Mine and my children’s condolences are with you.

Ann Pennington