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Davis, Gary Lee

Davis, Gary Lee

October 12, 1943 — January 31, 2021

Gary Lee Davis, 77, of Smithville, MO, passed away peacefully at home on January 31, 2021, with family at his side.

Gary was born October 12, 1943, in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Park Hill High School in 1961, where he excelled and lettered in football, basketball, track and baseball. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Anne "Dottie" Stewart on October 12, 1963. Gary's career as a Skilled Trades Painter spanned 31 years at the General Motors Fairfax plant. He was a member of UAW Local 31.

One of Gary's greatest passions was hunting, especially those times he spent with his brothers and friends and the happy memories and hilarious stories they shared. Gary also painted houses, was a high school football and baseball referee, participated in the MS 150 for several years, played softball for UAW and other teams, and was a proud "Poppy" to his pride and joy granddaughter Kamryn. She spent time in Poppy's lap for 22 years, including the final days of his life.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Ambrose P. Davis and mother, Vivian VanBeber Davis. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dottie; daughters, Shelley Frank (Sanders) and Kelley Downing (Steven); granddaughter, Kamryn; siblings, James Davis (Connie), Dana Smith, Terry Davis (Nova) and Dee Nelson (Dennis); as well as nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Thursday, February 4, and funeral services 10:00 am Friday, February 5, all at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. Burial in Glenridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Thursday, February 4, and funeral services 10:00 am Friday, February 5, all at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty. Burial in Glenridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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I had the honor and privilege to be a part of Gary’s healthcare team. He was always a pleasant person even when he might not feel good. I always enjoyed my time with him. We shared talks about his Park Hill H.S., memories/people. He never passed up a chance to tell me the latest news about his grandchildren and Dottie’s latest project. Gary, you will always be remember by us all

Mary Davis-Benson

Dottie, Shelley, Kelley - My thoughts and hugs are coming your way. The Dear Lord only choses the best. Many memories from the pool time and the parties. Love you all.

Patricia Kanabel

We met Gary & Dottie when they moved into Ashmont as our next door neighbors. He was nice a person who loved being outdoors. A hydro container was ordered so Gary could enjoy his homegrown tomatoes. They had a pretty good crop...even shared some with us. He will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure to know him. RIP Gary.

Jerry & Peggy Treece

R.I.P. to my friend Gary! I always enjoyed our time together. Save a place at the Bunko table for me. To Dot and the rest of the family, my condolences to you all. 🙏

Mike Hutchinson

Gary Davis was one of the “good guys” thru high school, laying in his hospital bed with a broken neck from a football game injury, blowing papers off of straws..hundreds on the ceiling..he was the best while raising babies, then Grand babies🥰 life is so short..Gary loved til the end..and was loved deeply. He always felt he would die young..but had a long life not very nice at the end..but now resting in peace..”love you Gar”

Connie McGuire

Gary was a kind understanding men who always took time to visit with our family. A loss to our community: so many cheerful memories of pass years happy times. Know family and friends will truly miss this wonderful man.

Fans Vogelbaugh

Gary you will be missed! To the love of his life, his family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sherry Evans

Years after graduating from Park Hill High School I reconnected with Gary at the grocery store where both of us would be buying groceries weekly. When he and Dottie would attend the 1961 Luncheons we continued our friendship. Gary was a good athlete; he was friendly; and he endured much during his last years. My heart goes out to Dottie, his daughters, his granddaughter, Kamryn, and all of his family. He will be missed by all of his friends. May you Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory, Gary!

Barbara Bucker

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