Martin Neil Davis

March 8, 1927July 4, 2018
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Martin Neil Davis, known to everyone as "Neil", passed into the loving embrace of Jesus on July 4, 2018.

Known in his family for his wonderfully strong hugs, Neil received that most desired of all strong hugs, from his Savior, along with His words, "Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of your Lord."

Neil was born on March 8, 1927 in Burkburnett Texas, the son of the late George T. and Sarah Jewell Davis. He graduated from Electra, Texas high school, attended the University of Oklahoma, Southern Nazarene University and Midwestern State University. He worked most of his career as an engineer for Mobil Oil. The hallmarks of Neil's life were his sweet spirit and servant heart which he displayed to people close and far. He served his country in both the Merchant Marines and the National Guard. He served Mobil Oil by locating and helping drill many profitable oil reserves in North Texas. He served his Lord Jesus Christ in a wide variety of roles: church treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, builder and planner of the Electra Nazarene Church. He served his family as a faithful husband, dedicated daddy, and beloved son while also serving many relatives in multiple ways over the years, most often as executor of their estates (at no cost, of course!)

How do you capture in ink on paper the legacy and life of a man like Neil? Not by listing accomplishments, although he had many. Not by positions held or responsibilities shouldered, although they were numerous. One can best capture Neil's legacy by the width and depth of his influence on those he loved and who loved him. Neil's influence is immeasurably wide and deep, far beyond the meter of man. But we received a glimpse of the scope of his legacy through his love and service to us.

Neil is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ruth and the children and grandchildren who adored him: Diane (Jim) Priest, Karen (David) Sandlin, Steve (Dee) Davis and Scott (Anne Bramman) Davis, along with grandchildren, Amanda (Martin) Howell, Spencer Priest, Madeline Fulton, Elyssa, Gillian, Wyatt Davis, Molly Sandlin, Austin Sandlin, and one great-grandson, James Howell.

A private family memorial service will be held on July 11, at Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls. Neil's celebration of life will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Wichita Falls First Church of the Nazarene, 1667 Kell Boulevard, with a reception to follow. Family visitation will be during the Wednesday reception, however family and friends may pay respect from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home. Online condolences welcomed at:


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Interment Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Diane Priest

July 11, 2018

A tribute to dad from his son in law, Jim Priest:
What’s heaven like now that Dad is there?
The old hymn says “Heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace”. But as wonderful as heaven is, don’t we all agree, those of us who knew Neil Davis, that heaven got an upgrade upon his arrival?
So what’s heaven like now that Dad is there? I imagine there’s a whole lot of sweet smiling and hugging going on cause that’s what went on down here when Dad was around. And none of those little side hugs either. Dad will be hugging those in heaven with his trademark strong, full arm hugs—so strong that they’ll almost bend an angel’s wing.
And nobody in heaven will ever have to run to the store again to pick something up now that Dad is there. Dad will be running errands for all of them just like he ran errands for us, picking things up on the way to his mansion home, just like he always did for us. He won’t even mind if someone forgot to add something to the list. He’ll just go patiently back down the streets of gold to get one more forgotten item, just like he did with us. The folks in heaven will wonder how they ever got along before Dad arrived.
Do they ever drill for oil in heaven? No one knows for sure but they say Texas is a lot like heaven so I think it’s possible. If that’s the case Dad can probably convince them of the exact right spot to spud a well, just like he convinced the folks at Mobil in North Texas. I’ll bet Dad will be out there in the heavenly fields, surveying and ciphering and evaluating rock formations. He’ll probably enlist St Peter, who Jesus called The Rock, to help him out on that. I’m betting Dad and Peter will hit a gusher.

I know heaven was a great place before Dad arrived but I'm guessing it went from a 4 star accommodation to a 5 star now that Dad is there.

Diane Teaff Graham

July 11, 2018

Dear Ruth,Diane,Karen,Steve and Scott my prayers are with you as you say goodbye for now to Neil. What a blessing to have had him for so many years as I have had my Daddy & Mother. I enjoyed your memorial video. I know you treasure your memories and I pray they comfort you during this sad time. God bless you all.

Rev. Dr. Elton Wood

July 8, 2018

Elton Wood, in Rhode Island, at 92, regrets inability to be present with you at the sad farewell to a dear, highly regarded friend and former high school classmate and college room mate. Love and prayers.

David Sandlin

July 7, 2018

My life has been truly blessed as a result of knowing Neil Davis since I married his beautiful daughter Karen 16 years ago. I am so grateful for the moments I have spent with Neil and Ruth, as well as all the wonderful family members. My mother passed away when I was 14 and when my dad joined her in heaven, it was comforting to have such sweet parents in law in my life.

Our times at Thanksgiving and Christmas in Wichita Falls were joyful as everyone shared stories of our times together, as well as more than a few crazy pranks!

When I was diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer and metastasis to the liver 10 years ago, my life was turned upside down. I felt like I had been given a quick death sentence, but when I received flowers from Ruth and Neil that contained a card that read: “Your are not alone,” I cannot tell you how much that meant to me and still does. Their faithfulness and dedication to the Lord has been inspirational to me in my battle with cancer.

Knowing that God has a good plan for me, that He is good and loves us unbelievably, it is overwhelming to realize that He will never leave us as we are now part of His family forever. That is how Neil led his life with those he touched every day.

Thank you Neil for loving me as your own son, for sharing your life with me, and I look forward to seeing you again in the presence of the Lord. I love you! 😘