Leo B. Davis

October 29, 1921January 11, 2021

After a wonderful life of 99 years and a couple of months, in the early evening of Monday, January 11th, Leo "The Lion" Davis went home to be with God and his beloved wife Barbara. He was born on October 29, 1921, to B. Frank and Leota Davis, the third of four children.

Leo was born in Leander and moved to Austin in 1925, when the family farm was unable to survive harsh weather and economic conditions. He grew up when Austin was a much smaller town, but still managed to have lots of adventures (some might call it getting into mischief). He graduated from Austin High School and shortly thereafter was "asked" to join Uncle Sam in the fight in WWII. He was willing to do his part, but his eyesight had been poor from birth, so he served his country in a different way. He was employed in defense work, serving at what was then the Magnesium Plant in north Austin. He eventually went to work for the Texas Employment (now Workforce) Commission, retiring in 1985 after a 30+ year career as a printer. He and Barbara then embarked on a second mini-career as antique dealers, making new friends along the way in that business. Throughout his life, Leo was a huge rail fan; he had always wanted to work for a railroad, but his poor eyesight denied him that dream. Instead, he became friends with the Austin Amtrak station staff, several Amtrak and freight engineers and conductors, and other "rails" like himself.

He married Barbara, the love of his life, on April 11, 1959, in her parents' home. They enjoyed 42 years of happiness together, until her death in 2001.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Barbara, and all three of his siblings. He is survived by his loving daughter Stacy Davis (Lee), nieces and nephews Peggy Davis, Terry Davis (Sherri), Gary Davis, Craig Meier, Steve Meier, David Barron, Michael Barron, Linda Johnson, John Johnson, and many friends, both near and far.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to his caregiver Alejandro Bernal - his loving care gave Leo the precious gifts of independence and travel for the last three years. Leo now also has a second family in Aguascalientes, Mexico!

Visitation will be Friday, January 15th from noon to 1:30 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar. The funeral service will follow at 1:30 in the Weed-Corley-Fish chapel, with a graveside service and interment at Austin Memorial Park.

If you so choose, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Due to Covid restrictions, guests are asked to please wear a mask and observe social distancing practices at all times.



  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Interment

    Friday, January 15, 2021


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Henry Acosta

January 14, 2021

Stacy, I Am Very Honored That You Shared Your DAD With Us. I Enjoyed His Sense Of Humor, His Appetite And His Love For Oysters. Henry & Blanca

John Stasny

January 14, 2021

My sincere condolences to Stacy and Leo’s Family.
I have known Leo since the 1950s, we worked together until his retirement.
I have always considered Leo as one of my best friends We chatted frequently on the phone about old times at work and some politics. I will miss him
very much. May he Rest In Peace.
John Stasny

Kelly Martin

January 13, 2021

The passing of my dear friend Leo B. Davis is most difficult for me. Leo and I were friends for 40 years . Leo and I stayed in contact by phone after I moved from Austin and he came up to visit me when I lived in Nebraska and Kansas . We shared a love and fascination for trains . We watched trains together down at the Austin Amtrak station many an evening waiting for the Amtrak Texas Eagle to arrive. That's how I met Leo. We both were "regulars" eager to watch the Texas Eagle pull in to make its stop for Austin. We'd talk about trains and riding passenger trains which we both enjoyed . Leo and I did several long train trips together in the 1980's : Austin to Chicago , then to LA and back a different route through NM , and back to Austin. Then a big trip on privately owned passenger cars to St. Louis , then Chicago then to Denver , next to Oakland and down to LA and finally back to Austin. During that 10 days Leo showed his good sense of humor , his BIG smile, and his wonderful storytelling . His recall of a story was amazing. I 'd ask him to tell me the story of ..... and he'd repeat it verbatim each time. He also had a cache of old time Texas expressions that I enjoyed. Leo and I liked going to see and ride behind restored operating steam locomotives in Illinois, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Missouri, and of course Texas . Leo and I liked to drive to Flatonia and Temple to watch trains. The Santa Fe Ry. was his favorite railroad.
I will tell you that Leo was like a father figure to me. That's why his passing from this life is hard for me as my current health prevents me from making the long trip from northern Oklahoma to be there at his memorial service. But I know our Lord, Jesus Christ is caring for him now. Leo was a Christian who lived his faith. Someone asked Leo how long he was going to live. Leo lowered his voice to that man and said " That's not my business. That's God's business."
Leo was a good man and now he has gone to his reward.

Dennis Hogan

January 13, 2021

Leo was "Col. Davis" to me and a few others.
I met him and his friend Mr. Golley (sp?) at the Austin Amtrak depot around 1985.
We traveled together by rail a few times over the years.

He had many great stories from Austin. I'm glad to have met him and call him a friend. I'll miss him.