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Hixson Welsh

412 East South Street, Welsh, LA

OBITUARY

William "Babe" Davis

October 2, 1930July 20, 2020
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William "Babe" Davis, 89, of Welsh, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 peacefully at his residence. He was born to his late parents, Roy "Shorty" and Anna Davis on October 2, 1930 in Welsh, LA.

He enjoyed collecting coins and beer steins, fishing, hunting, scouting, feeding and watching the doves, and was a lifelong supporter of the Welsh Greyhounds. Babe enjoyed making his rounds visiting family and friends. He was always a hardworking man, starting work at the cattle sale barn at 9 years old. He was an oilfield salesman for various companies over the years, and retired at 87 years old. He was a Boy Scout Master and a member of the "Order of the Arrow" for many years. Babe was a Third Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer at the Welsh Fire Department for over 60 years, and was on the board of the Welsh Housing Authority. He attended many Marine Corps reunions and stayed in touch with many of his comrades through the years. He was known to pretend to be Coach O's older brother, fooling many. Geaux Tigers! He appreciated his personal friends and drivers, Hugh, along with his niece, Bug, and nephews, Dustin and Rooter, for always being there for him, as well as friends, Ed and Robert for taking him to all the Welsh Greyhound games. He finally got to see them win the State Championship in the dome. Go Hounds! He enjoyed entertaining and cooking for all of the organizations and fundraisers, known as the "Rice Dressing King". Babe enjoyed dancing and French music. He never met a stranger, and was loved by all. He was a very generous person, known to help out family and friends when in need.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ada Davis; four daughters, Suzette Vanek and husband Mike of Lake Charles, Bethany Doucet of Lafayette, Ava Davis of Welsh, Maureen Malphrus and husband Mike of Orange, TX; one son, Kirk Davis and wife Debbie of Jennings; one brother, Claude Davis and wife Elsie of Baton Rouge; two sisters, Patty Lane and husband Paul of Charleston, SC, Joann Fontenot of Welsh; nine grandchildren, Gray Vanek and wife Joella, Gaston Doucet, Kade Davis, Devin Davis, Joel Davis, Logan Davis, Adrianne Davis, Michael Malphrus and wife Corrie, Jenna Malphrus; eleven great grandchildren; one great great grandson; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

William is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, R.J. Davis II; Lewis Thomas Davis; four sisters, Virginia Doiron, Arzella Arceneaux, Geraldine Conner and Yvonne Coppels; along with his son-in-law, Ralph Doucet.

Visitation will be at Hixson Funeral Home of Welsh on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm, with a Rosary led by the Catholic Daughters at 6:00pm. A family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, with Father Alan Trouille officiating. A Burial will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Oaklawn Cemetery at 12:00pm, with full military honors. He will be carried to his final place of rest by his grandsons. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonwelsh.com.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ada Davis; four daughters, Suzette Vanek and husband Mike of Lake Charles, Bethany Doucet of Lafayette, Ava Davis of Welsh, Maureen Malphrus and husband Mike of Orange, TX; one son, Kirk Davis and wife Debbie of Jennings; one brother, Claude Davis and wife Elsie of Baton Rouge; two sisters, Patty Lane and husband Paul of Charleston, SC, Joann Fontenot of Welsh; nine grandchildren, Gray Vanek and wife Joella, Gaston Doucet, Kade Davis, Devin Davis, Joel Davis, Logan Davis, Adrianne Davis, Michael Malphrus and wife Corrie, Jenna Malphrus; eleven great grandchildren; one great great grandson; along with numerous nieces and nephews.


    William is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, R.J. Davis II; Lewis Thomas Davis; four sisters, Virginia Doiron, Arzella Arceneaux, Geraldine Conner and Yvonne Coppels; along with his son-in-law, Ralph Doucet.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Rosary

    Friday, July 24, 2020

Memories

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Michelle Van Fleet

July 25, 2020

Maureen,
I am sorry to hear about your father ‘s death 🙏🏻 My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family❤️❤️
Michelle Touchet Van Fleet

Mark Richard

July 22, 2020

Love Mr. Bill prayers for family.❤️

KAY GILLETT

July 22, 2020

Adabelle, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I'm grateful for the memories our families shared in the good ole "Fire Department " days.

May God grant you comfort and peace during this time.

Haley Pole

July 21, 2020

Uncle Billy was one fine man. I am so grateful I got to know him and Dustin was so lucky to have him in his life. We shared so many memories with him and they will never be forgotten. From visiting Morgan as a newborn, to attending the rodeo with her this past February. We also had a great time when him and Aunt Adabelle came to Arkansas with us to fish the White River. Sending hugs and prayers to all!

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1939 Babe with his puppy

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Biography

William "Babe" Davis, 89, of Welsh, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 peacefully at his residence.
He was born to his late parents, Roy "Shorty" and Anna Davis on October 2, 1930 in Welsh, LA.

He enjoyed collecting coins and beer steins, fishing, hunting, scouting, feeding and watching the doves, and was a lifelong supporter of the Welsh Greyhounds. Babe enjoyed making his rounds visiting family and friends. He was always a hardworking man, starting work at the cattle sale barn at 9 years old. He was an oilfield salesman for various companies over the years, and retired at 87 years old. He was a Boy Scout Master and a member of the "Order of the Arrow" for many years. Babe was a Third Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer at the Welsh Fire Department for over 60 years, and was on the board of the Welsh Housing Authority. He attended many Marine Corps reunions and stayed in touch with many of his comrades through the years. He was known to pretend to be Coach O's older brother, fooling many. Geaux Tigers! He appreciated his personal friends and drivers, Hugh, along with his niece, Bug, and nephews, Dustin and Rooter, for always being there for him, as well as friends, Ed and Robert for taking him to all the Welsh Greyhound games. He finally got to see them win the State Championship in the dome. Go Hounds! He enjoyed entertaining and cooking for all of the organizations and fundraisers, known as the "Rice Dressing King". Babe enjoyed dancing and French music. He never met a stranger, and was loved by all. He was a very generous person, known to help out family and friends when in need.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ada Davis; four daughters, Suzette Vanek and husband Mike of Lake Charles, Bethany Doucet of Lafayette, Ava Davis of Welsh, Maureen Malphrus and husband Mike of Orange, TX; one son, Kirk Davis and wife Debbie of Jennings; one brother, Claude Davis and wife Elsie of Baton Rouge; two sisters, Patty Lane and husband Paul of Charleston, SC, Joann Fontenot of Welsh; nine grandchildren, Gray Vanek and wife Joella, Gaston Doucet, Kade Davis, Devin Davis, Joel Davis, Logan Davis, Adrianne Davis, Michael Malphrus and wife Corrie, Jenna Malphrus; eleven great grandchildren; one great great grandson; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

William is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, R.J. Davis II; Lewis Thomas Davis; four sisters, Virginia Doiron, Arzella Arceneaux, Geraldine Conner and Yvonne Coppels; along with his son-in-law, Ralph Doucet.

Visitation will be at Hixson Funeral Home of Welsh on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm, with a Rosary led by the Catholic Daughters at 6:00pm. A family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, with Father Alan Trouille officiating. A Burial will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Oaklawn Cemetery at 12:00pm, with full military honors. He will be carried to his final place of rest by his grandsons. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonwelsh.com.