Exie Pearl Davis

December 12, 1919November 1, 2019

Exie Pearl (Chrisman) Davis, age 99, passed away peacefully at Summit View Terrace Assisted Living in Kansas City, Missouri on November 1, 2019. Exie was born on December 12, 1919 in Rocheport, Missouri.

She was the eighth of twelve children born to George and Dixie Chrisman. The family moved to Kansas City when she was 5 or 6. She attended Benjamin Harrison Grade School and Northeast High School. Exie married her high school sweet heart, Ray Davis in 1936 and they were married until Ray’s death in 1991.

Over the years she worked at the WWII Fairfax Bomber Plant, Sears, TWA, Van Camps Meat Packing and retired from Calvin Motion Picture Lab, after 27 years. She was a member of Women in Motion Pictures and helped teach film producers like Robert Altman the basics of Film Processing. Exie enjoyed gardening, dancing, traveling and family activities she was a long-time Baptist and member of Beaumonts Baptist as a child and Spring Valley Baptist as an adult. In later years, when it was difficult to attend church, she watched her favorite TV preachers.

Exie will always be remembered as a beautiful soul who brought so much happiness to everyone she knew. What a wonderful life she had and what a wonderful new adventure she will receive in heaven.

Exie was preceded in death by two of her sons, Billy Ray Davis in 1937 and Michael Ray Davis in 2016.

She is survived by her son Dick Davis and wife Eleanor; daughter Dixie Sullivan and husband Ray; four grandsons Loren and Jim Davis, Steve and Brian Sullivan and a beautiful granddaughter, Kim Linder. She has six great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a brother Bob Darmon.


  • George Chrisman (deceased), Father
  • Dixie Chrisman (deceased), Mother
  • Ray Davis (deceased), Husband of 55 years
  • Billy Ray Davis (deceased), Son
  • Michael Ray Davis (deceased), Son
  • Dick (Eleanor) Davis, Son
  • Dixie (Ray) Sullivan, Daughter
  • Loren Davis, Grandson
  • Jim Davis, Grandson
  • Steve Sullivan, Grandson
  • Brian Sullivan, Grandson
  • Kim Linder, Granddaughter
  • Bob Darmon, Brother
  • She also survived by six great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Funeral service Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Burial Friday, November 8, 2019


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Beverly Bertaina

November 7, 2019

I have such a lovely memory of watching Exie and her siblings meeting their sister Lillian for the first time after looking for her for 80 years after she had been adopted out of the family in 1928. Exie, Evelyn (my Mother), Mary and Bob waited excitedly for Lillian to arrive at the Kansas City hotel where the family had gathered to celebrate Exie's 90th birthday in December 2009. When Lillian walked in, she looked just like a taller version of her sisters. The siblings hugged and talked and held hands and laughed and cried and shared stories and photos of their lives and families. I've never seen Exie so happy.