C.L. Davis

September 25, 1937November 17, 2013
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Cecil (C.L.) Davis was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 25, 1937 to Harvey LeRoy and Leona Elizabeth Davis. He attended and graduated from Lawrence High School in Lawrence, KS. C.L. attended Oklahoma Christian College prior to joining the U.S. Army in 1956.

In 1958, C.L. married Clara E. Mathis in Des Moines, Iowa.

Throughout his 20 year military career, C.L. served two tours in Vietnam, a tour in Thailand and served as an instructor of aviation maintenance at Ft. Eustis, VA. Prior to retiring at Ft. Campbell, KY in 1976, C.L. had earned the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 5 campaign stars, National Defense Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device, Aircraft Crewman Badge, 3 oversea Service Bars and Good Conduct Medal 6 times.

He married Darla K. Barnett in 1981 in Belton, TX. C.L. fathered 5 children, Stephen Wayne, Rhonda Elaine, Donna Danean, Jeremiah Eugene and Michelle Renee.

After his retirement, C.L. attended Central Texas College and studied telecommunications and was the afternoon host at KNCT FM for 8 years. He went on to be the newsman for KOOV in Copperas Cove, TX for a short time, followed by several years working for KISD as an ISS director at Brookhaven Elementary School before retiring.

C.L. enjoyed music, watching sci-fi shows and movies, golf, but most importantly surrounded himself in the spirit of God, and took a great devotion to spreading His word. He was a prayer warrior and during his retirement maintained prayer request email ministries for both Elaine Pettit Ministries, of Kalamazoo, MI and Killeen First Church of the Nazarene. He also drove the chase vehicle for the Priesthood Motorcycle Ministry.

Cecil L. Davis is preceded in death by both parents and survived by his wife, Darla Davis, former wife Clara Frost of Copperas Cove, TX, his sister Shirley and her husband Tommy Rathbone of Broken Arrow, OK, and 5 children, Stephen Wayne Davis and wife Karen of Edmond, OK, Rhonda Elaine Miller of Killeen, TX, Donna Danean and husband Les Hines of Killeen, TX, Jeremy Eugene Davis and wife Tina of Killeen, TX, Michelle Renee Evans and husband Anthony of Killeen, TX, 13 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

C.L.’s best wishes for those he loves is that they love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength and Always Remember and Don’t Ever Forget (ARDEF) that Gpa loves you.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 21, 2013

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chad and misty cross

November 25, 2013

Your family is all in our thoughts and prayers. We had the honor of knowing C.L and the whole family when we lived in Texas. We were saddened to hear of his passing but we know he is flying with the angels now.

Linda Dildine

November 24, 2013

You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad and confusing time. But take comfort that it's not the end of the story. You can choose to see your loved one again! Wish I could have shared in C.L.'s home going celebration! Love and miss you!

Pat Lazarczyk

November 21, 2013

My deepest sympathy for the family. I am a cousin in wilmington de. I am so sorry that I couldn't have had a chance to see him in later years. He was wonderful to me when we were kids. I am the child of Leroy's sister Audrey. Love to you all

November 21, 2013

Pastor Phil and Carol Ness with the Hood Chapter of the Priesthood MM.
I wish that we could be there with you all for CL's celebration, but we are in Nevada right now and can't make it. We do send our prayers and thoughts for and of CL.

Mark Rathbone

November 21, 2013

Mark T Rathbone

November 21, 2013

I didn't know him well but have heard Mom Rathbone (Shirley) and Grandpa Roy and Leona speak of him many times. The obituary is very impressive and he is leaving a great legacy to his family. My deepest sympathy to all the family. May God give comfort as only He can give. Judy Rathbone (widow of Mike)

November 20, 2013

Our deepest condolences to the family. As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of C.L. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

Raul & Stephanie Munoz


November 20, 2013

C.L. The day we married you pledged to love and care for me, you did an awesome job. You taught me so much and brought me such joy, even now when I think of you it is with a smile not in sadness. My heart misses you but you will never be far from my thoughts. As we tell those we love .. ARDEF

Elisa Gilbert

November 20, 2013

We send our deepest condolences and love to Darla and family during this time of loss. The Comforter will sooth and sustain you all. With deep regrets that will will not be able to attend CL 's home going celebration but please know that we are thinking and praying for you all.
Rev Daniel & Elisa Gilbert
(Slope Pope & Cowgirl)

Michelle Evans

November 20, 2013

I miss you now and will miss you always. You have taught me to have faith 1st and always, to never doubt God's timing, to love like it will never end, to cherish my family and to do my best not to harm others.
The last several years have been the best a father could ever give to his child. As your faith grew, so did mine.
I love you now forever and always.
I can not say goodbye, so I say 'til I meet you again.