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Robert Gene Davis

December 3, 1935February 15, 2021

Robert Gene Davis, prominent Houston Heights native and lifelong resident, passed away in his sleep on Monday, February 15, 2021. He was a remarkable man of many talents who had an amazing life and always loved a good challenge.

Robert was born to Clara Louise Fox and Jeptha Boone Davis on December 3, 1935 in Houston, TX. He was the eldest of three children. He had one sister, Edith and one brother, Bryan. He attended Field Elementary, Hogg Junior High and graduated from Reagan High School in 1954. He went on to attend classes at the University of Houston and while there he met his lifelong friends, Bill Ransom, Manny Foltin, Teddy Fuchs and Johnny Liebham, together referred to as the Fab 5. They loved cars, racing and spending time at Prince’s drive in on Shepherd.

In 1958, Robert met the love of his life, Sherry Schauer, while stopping to get gas at her fathers, Fred Schauer’s, Gulf gas station. They soon married and bought their first house in the Heights where they raised their three children: Kevin, Karry and Twyla.

Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who took his family on many fun recreational trips. He loved the water and boating, was a great water skier, and taught his kids how to water ski. He enjoyed going to Galveston and family campouts on the beach. Always budget minded, he took his family on many road trips to Colorado in their infamous motor home. In the 1970’s he and Sherry purchased property on Lake Conroe and built a lake house. Many memories were made there over the next 40 years.

As a young boy, Robert had been instilled with a strong work ethic. His first job was a paper delivery boy for the Houston Chronicle. In his adult life he founded Davis Paint and Hardware which became one of the first Handy Hardware stores in the Houston area. When Robert’s mother-in-law, Hazel Schauer who was an artist and taught painting, suggested that the Hardware Store should sell art supplies to her students it sparked a need for frames for their art. Soon the Hardware Store became Davis Paint and Hardware and Picture Framing. As the invasion of Handy Dan Hardware Stores began to grow, Robert knew his mom-and-pop hardware store may not survive, so the picture framing concept began, and Davis Hardware and Picture Framing became a household name. Dressed in his trademark pocket t-shirt, flannel shirt and suspenders, he would always say, “Anyone can go anywhere and buy anything but you can’t buy customer service.” Eventually, Robert and Sherry sold the store to their daughter, Karry and her husband, in order to carry on the legacy of 65 years. Robert never really retired. He continued to work each day alongside of Karry, Tony, Amy, Francisco and his grandsons, Michael and Robert until the day of his passing.

Robert made many friends through his business over the years. He never met a stranger. He would talk to everyone who walked into the store. He met people from all different walks of life. Robert’s personal philosophy of “work hard and save money” paid off when, he and Sherry were able to purchase many properties in the Heights area and at one time owned 33 rentals.

What Robert loved most was God, family, friends, making money, and his customers. Robert’s second love was his cell phone. He was like listening to a teenager. He loved to call and check in on everyone each day, especially his grand and great grandchildren. He made sure he knew exactly what was happening in each of their lives. He ended each call with an, “I love you.”

Robert was always a friend to everyone. He was truly one of a kind.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Jeptha and Clara Louise Davis and his daughter Twyla Starr Davis.

Robert is survived by his loving wife Sherry Davis, his son, Kevin Karl Davis and his wife, Helena grandchildren: Kristopher K. Davis and Andrew J. Davis and his wife, Corina; Stephen Dildy; his daughter, Karry Kay Davis Mader and her husband, Anthony J. Mader, grandchildren: Michael B. Mader and his wife Michelle and great-grandchildren: Madyson and Macy Mader; Robert A. Mader and his wife Anna Taylor and great-grandchildren: Andrew and Emily Taylor; Jennifer Ann Mader Pisio and her husband Adam J. Pisio and great-grandchildren: Joshua, Zoe and Samuel Pisio. Son in law, Wayne L. Crane, husband of Twyla Starr Davis; his sister Edith O’Guynn and brother, Bryan Davis and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Private gravesides services will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021.

A celebration of life will be Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1pm at Heights Fire Station located at 107 W.12th St Houston, TX 77008. Masks will be required.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Trinity Lutheran Church Homeless Program located at 800 Houston Ave. Houston, TX 77007 or the National Marfan’s Foundation at www.marfan.org

  • FAMILY

  • Sherry Davis, Wife
  • Kevin Karl Davis and his wife Helena, Son
  • Karry Kay Davis Mader and her husband Anthony J. Mader, Daughter
  • Twyla Starr Davis, Daughter (deceased)
  • Kristopher K. Davis, Grandson
  • Andrew J. Davis and his wife Corinn, Grandson
  • Stephen Dildy, Grandson
  • Michael B. Mader and his wife Michelle, Grandson
  • Robert A. Mader and his wife Anna Taylor, Grandson
  • Jennifer Ann Mader Pisio and her husband Adam J. Pisio, Granddaughter
  • Madyson Mader, Great Grandchild
  • Macy Mader, Great Grandchild
  • Andrew Taylor, Great Grandchild
  • Emily Taylor, Great Grandchild
  • Joshua Pisio, Great Grandchild
  • Zoe Pisio, Great Grandchild
  • Samuel Pisio, Great Grandchild
  • Wayne L. Crane (husband of Twyla Starr Davis ), Son-in-law
  • Edith O'Guynn, Sister
  • Bryan Davis, Brother

Services

27 February

Celebration of Life Memorial Service

1:00 pm

Heights Fire Station

107 West 12th St.
Houston , Texas 77008

Memories

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jennifer beegle

February 23, 2021

I loved Robert Davis and it was an honor to have known him. He was the epitome of the greatest generation of Americans that built this country and in addition to that he was amazingly kind and funny. There are not enough tears to express the loss and the only true solace is that he is feeling great most likely talking to God about the price of bacon and one day if I'm lucky I will get to sit and talk with him again. Sincerest condolences to his loving family.

ruth stoerkel

February 22, 2021

Sherry, it is with great sadness that I have learned of Robert's passing. I have enjoyed visiting with you both at Trinity Lutheran Church and at the store. May your quiet moments be filled with wonderful memories and we know a joyful reunion awaits us all in the presence of our Lord and Saviour.
Sincerely,
Ruth Stoerkel

Christine Weyand

February 20, 2021

To the Davis Family:

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Robert. He truly was a remarkable man and will be missed by his family and friends. Cherish all the memories and know that he knew how much everyone loved him. I remember many happy times at the lake house and at his home.

Rest in Peace Uncle Robert.....

Love,
Chriss Weyand

Elizabeth Ogrodowicz- Gurka

February 20, 2021

Dearest Loved Ones of Robert,
My heart has broken since I've read we all have lost our Robert from here on earth. But I know I will always have Robert in my heart and soul so therefore he will always be with me. I think of Robert as my hidden hero. He had a kindness about him to help with out it being noticed. His wittiness and wisdom was amusing to me. Never a dull moment at the store. If he didn't want to talk on the phone that day, he didn't. But be sure to wait for the questions from him, "Who was it?...What did they want?...and..."What did you tell 'em?"
Robert and I got along very well from the first time I walked in the Hardware Store to look for a frame. We talked a long while and interestingly enough he asked me if I would consider to help them out there, "The Kids" get really busy and we could use a bit of help. This was the beginning of MY NEW FAMILY. Because that is how Robert and his family treated me, like family. Robert made me feel like I belonged somewhere. It was the Davis bond and love they shared with me and because of Roberts caring and teaching ways he had a beautiful loving family that I also was excepted in, and felt a sense of belonging all because of this very kind and generous man that we all will MISS so much, But will ALWAYS REMEMBER OUR Robert.

From my heart to yours,
Elizabeth Ogrodowicz-Gurka

Joe Montalbano

February 20, 2021

Through the years Mr. Davis would always ask about our family, the lumber yard, etc. He clearly had a great love for his family and a sincere concern for his friends. May he rest now from his labors and enjoy a heavenly reward.

Beverly/ Gary Clark

February 19, 2021

What a great man. He was always nice to us whenever we went to the store or saw him socially. Many memories from Christmas gatherings at Kevin's house and the lake house. He truly lived life and was a great provider for so many. Job well done Robert.

Steven Fox

February 19, 2021

The lord giveth & the lord taketh away. The lord saw fit to give us this warm , caring & great person. Recently he called him home.
Robert was my cousin as well as Edith & Bryan. He was just an all around good person, great husband & father . He will be greatly missed. The hearts of the entire Fox family go out to the entire family. We are thinking of you. You are in our hearts & prayers.
Love you all.
Steve , Melanie & Alexis Fox

JOE SHAFFER

February 19, 2021

I met Robert sometime in the early 1980's, when I brought a document to Davis Hardware for framing. Robert's Dad, or father in law, was seated at a table eating a piece of cake. I said that looks like my Mom's date loaf cake. He said: "Have a piece", and I did. I visited with Robert, Kevin and Karry; and, from that time had all my framing (and, a good bit of conversation) with Robert, et al.
When my Dad was in Methodist Hospital in 1987, I saw an aerial photograph which depicted all of Main Street north from the Shamrock Hotel to downtown Houston. It included almost every location which was relevant to my, and my wife's, life. I bought it for $1.50, took it to Karry who artfully inscribed each of those locations on the photo; charged me $150.00, and, it is now on our wall, inscribed and framed, and captioned "the great $151.50 aerial photograph of life". Robert was a really "good one". Our sincere Condolences.
Marialice and Joe Shaffer

Zoe Pisio

February 18, 2021

Dear Papa Robert,

You always had a way of making everybody feel better no matter the situation. Walking in the store and seeing you with crumbs on your lumberjack jacket and your bright white smile just made me smile. I'm going to miss having to get you cokes and putting in your eye drops. I'm going to miss your warming hugs and your old country accent. You have made a lot of special things in our lives like the hardware store and the lake house. You were an amazing great grandpa and you have been for the last 11 year with me. You were an amazing husband, grandpa and great grandpa. I wish I didnt have to say goodbye so soon but you will always be in my heart and everyone else. Good bye Papa.

Love,
Zoe

Jenny Pisio

February 18, 2021

Dear PaPa Robert,

Thank you for being the best Great Grandpa ever. You meant everything to me and a whole lot of people. You were the best father to KK & Twyla and you were the best husband to Meme. You were the best grandpa to Zoe, Samuel and me. Thank you for everything you did for me. We will miss you so much and hopefully will see you one day again.

Love,
Joshua (your first great grandson)

FROM THE FAMILY