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Cage-Mills Funeral Directors

4901 Everhart Road, Corpus Christi, TX

OBITUARY

Thomas Starling Davis

June 17, 1942August 7, 2019

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - We said goodbye to our beloved husband, father, grandfather (Papa), and friend Thomas Starling Davis, Sr. on August 7, 2019. He left this earth after suffering a stroke on May 13th. Thomas was a Corpus Christi native, born in 1942. He was the only child of the late Jack and Kathleen Davis and remained in Corpus Christi his entire life. In school, he was very active and head strong, showing his entrepreneurial spirit even then. As a young man, Thomas carved his own path in life and became a self-made, accomplished businessman who owned several companies in greater Corpus Christi. The most well known of these businesses was Skid-O-Kan, a portable toilet company that he operated for 50 years. The Skid-O-Kan brand name became the name of the product throughout the South Texas region. Other successful endeavors included real estate, Gulf Coast X-Ray, Precision Technical Services, Total Recycling, and Allison Trans Tech. On March 20, 1986, he married the love of his life, Betty Sue Davis. Thomas liked to call her his “bestest friend”. During their 33 years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling, spending time with friends and family and as Thomas would often say, “just dinkin’ around”. Most of all, they loved spending time with each other. Fast cars, dune buggies, racing, shooting guns, fishing and hunting were a few of his many passions. Over the years, he was particularly fond of refurbishing antique Camaros and mastering target shooting. However, his most treasured possessions were his family and his dog, Sadie, who never left his side. Thomas touched many lives through kindness and generosity. He never met anyone he wasn’t willing to help or give valuable advice. Thomas always had your back and there was no such thing as a stranger to him. He would become your friend in a matter of minutes. He left us too soon, nonetheless those who were touched by him understood the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife Betty Sue, his children; Adele and Paul Balboni of Glastonbury, CT, Chris and Bonnie Schweinsberg of Spring Branch, TX, and Thomas Jr. and Raquel Davis of Corpus Christi, his grandchildren; Cristina and Alex Balboni, Phillip and Jessica Schweinsberg, Eric Schweinsberg, and Darienne, Abby, and William Davis, many loving cousins, life long friends, and his beloved dog Sadie.

Visitation will be held at Kings Crossing Church of Christ on Yorktown Road on Saturday, August 10th at 10:00am, followed by a celebration of Thomas’s life at 11:00am. Join us for a luncheon reception at Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, 1821 South Alameda, immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Prison Ministry of Kings Crossing Church of Christ (kingscrossingprisonministries.org) or the charity of your choice in the name of Thomas Starling Davis Senior.

  • FAMILY

  • Betty Sue Davis, Wife
  • Adele (Paul) Balboni, Daughter
  • Chris (Bonnie) Schweinsberg, Son
  • Thomas (Raquel) Davis Jr., Son
  • Cristina Balboni, Grandchild
  • Alex Balboni, Grandchild
  • Phillip Schweinsberg, Grandchild
  • Jessica Schweinsberg, Grandchild
  • Eric Schweinsberg, Grandchild
  • Darienne Davis, Grandchild
  • Abby Davis, Grandchild
  • William Davis, Grandchild
  • His dog Sadie Davis, Other
  • Mr. Davis leaves behind many loving cousins, and life-long friends to cherish his memory. . .

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, August 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 10, 2019

Memories

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Jean Chapman

August 9, 2019

Sue, we are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a sweet man, and I enjoyed knowing and visiting with him and you also. I know Tony is glad to be with him again.

Charlie and Jean Chapman

Larry / Sharon Polasek

August 9, 2019

Larry, my husband and Thomas had many "Barney" memories and Susie and Mary Anne, my sister and the girls had many more. Life goes by way to fast and we are never ready. Thomas was so kind and always willing to help anyone. He was the best!
May he rest in peace, and and get all the other angels organised and ready for their next jobs.

Harold Shockley, Jr.

August 9, 2019

I am very sorry to hear about Tom's passing. I met him several years ago through a mutual customer of the bank. We did some business together and I knew from the first time I met Tom that he was a well respected businessman and honest person. He had those characteristics that stood out and I learned to listen to him because I knew he would teach me something. I am positive he was a great mentor for so many people he touched in his lifetime.

I am very sorry that I am not able to attend his service, my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Blessings,

Harold Shockley, Jr.
President
IBC Bank

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Biography

We said goodbye to our beloved husband, father, grandfather (Papa), and friend Thomas Starling Davis, Sr. on August 7, 2019. He left this earth after suffering a stroke on May 13th. Thomas was a Corpus Christi native, born in 1942. He was the only child of the late Jack and Kathleen Davis and remained in Corpus Christi his entire life. In school, he was very active and head strong, showing his entrepreneurial spirit even then. As a young man, Thomas carved his own path in life and became a self-made, accomplished businessman who owned several companies in greater Corpus Christi. The most well known of these businesses was Skid-O-Kan, a portable toilet company that he operated for 50 years. The Skid-O-Kan brand name became the name of the product throughout the South Texas region. Other successful endeavors included real estate, Gulf Coast X-Ray, Precision Technical Services, Total Recycling, and Allison Trans Tech.
On March 20, 1986, he married the love of his life, Betty Sue Davis. Thomas liked to call her his “bestest friend”. During their 33 years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling, spending time with friends and family and as Thomas would often say, “just dinkin’ around”. Most of all, they loved spending time with each other. Fast cars, dune buggies, racing, shooting guns, fishing and hunting were a few of his many passions. Over the years, he was particularly fond of refurbishing antique Camaros and mastering target shooting. However, his most treasured possessions were his family and his dog, Sadie, who never left his side. Thomas touched many lives through kindness and generosity. He never met anyone he wasn’t willing to help or give valuable advice. Thomas always had your back and there was no such thing as a stranger to him. He would become your friend in a matter of minutes. He left us too soon, nonetheless those who were touched by him understood the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.
Thomas is survived by his loving wife Betty Sue, his children; Adele and Paul Balboni of Glastonbury, CT, Chris and Bonnie Schweinsberg of Spring Branch, TX, and Thomas Jr. and Raquel Davis of Corpus Christi, his grandchildren; Cristina and Alex Balboni, Phillip and Jessica Schweinsberg, Eric Schweinsberg, and Darienne, Abby, and William Davis, many loving cousins, life long friends, and his beloved dog Sadie.