Davis,William Zack

William Zack Davis was the oldest son of Marshal Ace and Emma W. Lowe Davis. Will, as he was called, was born 07-08-1898 in Indian Territory. At the age of 21, he married Ella Mae Brown on 10-26-1919 at Page, Oklahoma. They lived in Oklahoma and Arkansas in the 1930’s and 40’s. Will worked in logging, at first with mules and an eight-wheel wagon. Later, he drove a log truck for Cado River Lumber Company in Forrester, Arkansas. The family moved to California around 1940 where they all picked fruit around Sanger, California. Will worked at several jobs, including being a partner in a cabinet shop at Del Ray, California in 1944-45. The family owned and ran a café at Parker, Arizona for a while.

In 1953, they moved to Sunnyvale, California where Will worked for a landscape firm until 1956, then he worked as a carpenter for Hubert & Strom Construction until he retired in 1966, then moved to Paradise, California where he lived until his death in April o f1976. Will and May enjoyed many things in life. They made trips to Oklahoma and Arkansas about every year to visit with family and friends. They loved to travel. Their last trip to Oklahoma and Arkansas when Will was 75 years old and still a very good driver. They loved having family and friends visit. One of Will’s favorite things was having the family gather around to sing and Will played guitar.

His children and grand children will always have fond memories of Christmas and Will and May’s singing Christmas carols and grandmas cooking and baking everyone’s favorite food. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October 1969 at an “Open House Party” at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Geraldine and Carl Hooper of Paradise. It was attended by all active members of the First Assembly of God Church in Paradise, California. Will played his guitar and served on the church board. They both pitched in and helped whenever there was a need. Will loved to hunt, fish and work in his garden every year. Will and May had eight children. Twins born premature and died at birth. A son, Lloyd Dwane, died at age four of pneumonia and is buried in the Page, Oklahoma Cemetery, the five children still lived are sons, Robert Eugene, Bobby Joe and Bill Edward Davis. The girls are Eva Lee Hawkins and ruby Geraldine Hooper. There are 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Will and May were dearly loved by their family and friends and are still missed twenty years after their passing.