Paul Davis

Obituary of Paul Davis

Paul W. Davis, 77, of Newport and North Palm Beach, FL, died on Sunday, December 30, 2007, at the Village House in Newport after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Joan M. Davis. Born in Hebron, Texas on February 15, 1930, he was a son of the late Paul W. and Lula (Lord) Davis. Paul grew up and attended high school in Hebron, TX, and later attended Baylor University in Waco on a football scholarship. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. Paul was a banker for many years in Texas, retiring in 1985 as the CEO of Mortgage & Trust Inc. in Houston. In the 1970's and 80's he was part owner of Christie's Restaurant in Newport. He was also an avid sportsman and golfer who held memberships with the Newport Country Club as well as other clubs in Texas and Florida. Besides his wife, Paul is survived by his daughters Paula L. Ross, and Gwendolyn Alexander and her husband Terry; grandsons Ryan and Jordan Kessner, granddaughters Nicole and Natalie Ross; great grandchild Dylan T. Ross; his brother Guy Robert Davis; a sister Essie Maude Davis, and many nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2008, at 10:00 am, at St. Columba Cemetery, Brown's Lane, Middletown. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, January 2, from 4:00-7:00 pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. Donations in Paul's memory may be made to Odyssey HealthCare of Rhode Island, Hospice Care, 100 Quaker Ln, Suite 2, Warwick, RI, 02886.
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