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Davis, John R.

Davis, John R.

November 9, 1946 — January 11, 2020

John Robert Davis, 73, a longtime Liberty resident, ended a three-year battle with progressive supranuclear palsy on January 11, 2020. Visitation will be held from 6-7 pm, with a celebration of life service immediately following the visitation, on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty.

John was born November 9, 1946, in St. Louis, Missouri. As a young man, John loved sports and excelled in football. Following 1964 graduation from an outstanding school career at Festus (MO) High School, he went on to become the starting center for William Jewell College in Liberty. He was a member of its 1967 football team, posting the only undefeated season in the school's history. At Jewell, John was honored to receive the Col. Alexander Doniphan award as outstanding senior in 1969, and was a proud member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Later in life, John was voted to the Festus High School Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements and leadership.

It was while attending William Jewell that John met the love of his life, Sheryl Suderman. They were wed on June 14, 1969, and will forever maintain a spiritual bond that transcends John's departure from this earth.

John took great pride in his career as a banker, working more than three decades at Clay County Savings Bank, serving as President, CEO, and Chairman of its Board of Directors. While John was respected for his banking acumen, he was perhaps better known for the simple kindness and compassion he bestowed upon so many. John was renowned for selfless acts of generosity and helped countless people in various capacities, never seeking more than friendship in return. He took pleasure in hard work and satisfaction from a job well done. John enjoyed the company of his wife and companion of 50 years, hunting and fishing, watching college sports, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary (Bloomer) Davis. Along with his wife Sheryl, John leaves his brother, Bill (Sandra); son, John (Bethany); daughter, Jennifer Harrison (Chad); and grandchildren, Hailey, Hayden, Madelynn, Maleah and Evan.

John was a true good soul, and while this world is an emptier place without him, his family awaits his warm smile and welcoming embrace when they too are called home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Mayo Clinic, or you may honor John’s memory by simply taking the time to extend a comforting voice and helping hand to a senior citizen in need.

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 6-7 pm, with a celebration of life service immediately following the visitation, on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty.

Davis, John R.'s Guestbook

It is with great sorrow in hearing of your loss. John was a true friend and leader through our years together at Festus. We lost track of each other through these many years and am happy to hear the kindness of your many friends carried forth. God Bless

Terry LeGrand

Sheryl, My deepest condolences to you and your family. Although we lost touch so many years ago, I have always cherished the close friendship that we had. I was happy to be a part of your wedding to John and am happy to know that you were blessed with so many years together. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Pam Jeter Slaughter

John was my banker, my friend, and a Brother to Frank I, and often in attendance at parties in the basement at 37 and a few times at Blueberry Hill. He was an incredibly giving soul, offering to open the vault on weekends if I needed some cash in the days when I traveled all the time. Drove me to the airport when I traveled internationally. Patiently accepted my "request" for rate reductions in my mortgage, which started at 13.5% (YES!); did that twice, and he sighed and said just pay $200; I'll talk to the Board. He (and Cheryl) lived so simply in that house next to the bank. Would Never accept anything in return, even lunch, which I finally got to buy for him on my visit in the summer of 2018. The World, and certainly Liberty and Clay County, was a richer, more generous, and more loving place as a result of John's presence, and everyone who knew him was much better for that. In his deep honor, try to be more like JR. Nothing could better honor the beauty of his Soul. And my blessings and all good things to Cheryl and "the kids". Larry, in Virginia Beach

Lawrence Hester

John was a kind and thoughtful leader in our high school. His humor, his intellect and his friendship were brought to every circumstance and he raised up all of us- it sounds like he did this throughout his life. You have my condolences

Sherry Pendergast

John was a special friend and "brother". His acts of kindness and empathy for others defined him. When my father passed away, and I couldn't be there, John stepped in to help my mom. I will be eternally grateful for all he did to help our family during a difficult time. Cheryl and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Eldon Irminger

John was my neighbor and close friend growing up in Festus. He was my center when I quarterbacked for the Festus Tigers football team. John was a good friend and a good man. We saw little of each other after high school and attended different colleges and had different careers. The world is a sadder place without him. And I will never forget those tomato sandwiches his mother would make to feed us when we played outside together. Blessings to his wife and family.

Michael Turley

John was the nicest and most giving person I knew at William Jewell. His concern for others was legendary. I remember on one of our long Jewell football bus trips when everyone was sleeping, I woke up to see John visiting with the bus driver to help him to pass the time. What a great guy!

Mark Stuart

There was a pure soul in John Davis. He was always thoughtful, kind and funny. I know he will be missed by family and the multitude of friends he made though his life. It was a pleasure to have known him, the short time we were all at William Jewell. Peace to you, Sheryl and your family. Truly sad and truly missed.....

Dalana Palmer-Wilson

Condolences to the family. John was my neighbor growing up.

Susan Turley

Thoughts and prayers to the family. For myself and everyone he was so willing to help and treat just like family, Thank you John. God got a great one.

Zach Alden

To me, John was a friend that didn't consist of an outward display, but in taking heed to what was needed and being mindful of others. He was a man of great character! We will miss him. PERGE!

Robert and Susan Taylor

I will never forget the picture of a miracle cardinal out of Johns window the day he passed and the answer to a prayer offered on his behalf. John was a good man, a good heart, and was surrounded by the ones he loved. That is a true testament to a man who’s priorities were at home. God bless your family for the best memories of a loving father and the enduring legacy of a man like John Sr!

Mike Yeates

John was an incredible man. He didn't make you feel like just an employee, but like family. It was my honor to work with John for so many years. He will be missed dearly. Prayers to his family.

Joanne Green

John and Family, So sorry to hear of your Dad. If there is anything you need, please call. Your Second Mom.

Wanda Eshleman

John was such an inspiration & a good soul. Condolences to those feeling the ache in their heart.

Kirk White

My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the family. It was my pleasure to work for John. He was one of the best and will be greatly missed.

Carolyn May

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