Holden (Hody) Davis

July 1, 1920June 8, 2013

Holden (Hody) Davis, 92, formerly of Fort Smith, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Greenwood. He was born July 1, 1920, in Hagarville, Arkansas. He served in the United States Army during WWII and was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was a retired journeyman plumber. He was a born-again Christian, baptized at the age of 74. He was preceded in death by three wives, Betty Boman Davis, Opal Davis and Mildred Lyons Davis; his only son William Holden Davis, his parents, J.P. and Sally Davis, and 11 brothers and sisters, two step brothers and one stepsister (who truly were siblings at heart).

He is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Pierce and her husband Alvin of Aumsville, OR, Dianne Galla and her husband George of Corona, CA and Sally Schultz and her husband Marvin of Diamondhead, MS; eight grandchildren, Carolyn, Vern, Katrina, Deborah, William, Rebecca, Steven and Marla; fifteen great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; as well his special nephew, Robert Williams (Ellie); a niece, Molly Ann Hicks and his companion, Arlene Buff.

He could play any tune on the fiddle after hearing it just once. He enjoyed entertaining others with his gift of music. Hody and his lifelong love of music will always be remembered by those who knew and loved him.

The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Massard Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Smith.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel, 137 No. Main St., Greenwood, Reverend Philip Pevehouse will be officiating.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 15, 2013
  • Viewing Friday, June 14, 2013

Holden (Hody) Davis

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Katrina Burgos

June 16, 2013

He was a great grandfather and I love him so much. My heart is so broken at his passing but I believe he is in heaven with The Lord Jesus. What a blessing to have him in my life for the past 45 years.

Casey Lyda

June 15, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. I'm sending you a hug from afar.

June 15, 2013

Sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad Diane...You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers...The Genda Family (Fontana,CA.)

Don Davis

June 13, 2013

"Heavens Band" just added another very good fiddler.!!"Hody" repeatedly told me over the years, we have the same last name and I feel as though you are my little brother. I felt the same about him, my big brother. We both had a pretty hard life when we were little boys and we shared personal stories about our lives that only brothers shared.
Due to health reasons of both me and my wife, I regret I didn't get to visit with "Hody" in his last days.
May "God" comfort his family and friends. Till we meet again, "Love You", and "Rest In Peace My Brother"..