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Obituary for Truman Elzie Davis
Truman Elzie Davis, age 93 of Oakland, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon. Truman was born July 26, 1919 in rural Oakland, IL to Elzie and Ollie (Jones) Davis. He married Eunice Oritha Padgett on June 14, 1943 in St. Louis, MO. Truman was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, having served in Germany during WWII and achieving the rank of E7 Master Sergeant. He worked in banking for over 70 years and was honored by the Bankers Association after fifty years of service in the industry. He was active in the Oakland community and was involved in several organizations, including Oak Grove Separate Baptist Church, VFW Post 3637, Masonic Lodge 219, where he was a lifetime Master Mason and the Lion’s Club, where he was a member for over 50 years. He also served as city clerk and as the Oakland School District 5 treasurer for 65 years. Truman liked to travel and also enjoyed collecting coins, gardening, playing cards, dancing, singing and whistling. He loved people, and his family was the most important thing in his life. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Eunice Davis; by four children: Tom (Judy) Davis, Vickie (Ronnie) Craft, Trudy (Ed) Chapman and Gayle (Terry) Garrett; two sisters: Norma (Reece) Clapp and Shirley (Luke) Hovis; ten grandchildren: Tammy (Jim) Tyler, Melinda (Christopher) Krenn, Christina (Bobby) Carl, Lance (Michelle) Craft, Michelle Bonebrake, Amie (Aaron) Deckard, Jason (Kyndal) Chapman, Sheena (Craig) Wesch, Nathan (Shari) Garrett and Adam (Amanda) Garrett; twenty great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, a sister and a grandson. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland from noon to 7:00 p.m., with family present from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Masonic service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, with military rites performed by Oakland VFW Post 3637 and Brocton American Legion Post 977. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Truman Davis Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home