Rev. George Miller Davis
The Rev. George Miller Davis, 87 years young, of Lee’s Summit, died and received his heavenly birthday on Dec. 13, at the Hospice House in John Knox Village Care Center, Lee’s Summit.
Fr. Davis was born Jan. 14, 1925 to Miller Abbot Davis & Johnnie Bird (Hines) Davis in Broken Arrow, Okla. He received a B.S. (1949) and a M. Ed. (1955) both from the University of North Texas. Following a brief teaching career, he studied at General Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1959 and a priest in 1960. He served as the Vicar of St. Mark’s Church in Arlington, Texas (1959-1960), Vicar of St. Laurence Church in Grapevine, Texas (1959-1960), Vicar of Good Shepherd Church and college chaplain in Wichita Falls, Texas (1961-1967), Asst. Rector of Trinity Church in Ft. Wayne, Ind. (1967-1973), and as Rector of St. Andrew’s Church in Kokomo, Ind. (1973-1991).
He was a veteran of World War II having served in the medical corps and saw action particularly at the Battle of the Bulge. He was also a chaplain for much of his ministerial life with the Fraternal Order of Elks.
He was preceded in death by his first two wives, Betty and Carol and also by his step son Brian and wife, Cecile.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Davis of the home, four children; Frank Davis of Houston, Texas; Bill Davis of Houston, Texas, Marynell Townsend and husband Terry of Cambridge, Oh. and Adam Davis and wife Jenn of Las Vegas, four step-children; David Johnson and wife Janie of Jefferson City, Bruce Johnson and wife Bobbie of Ashburn, VA, Douglas Johnson and wife Sue of Independence; and Anne O’Leary and husband Mark of Zionsville, Ind. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
A requiem memorial Mass will be offered for Fr. Davis at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lee’s Summit, (416 SE Grand Ave.), on Jan. 9, 2 p.m. with a reception to follow with Fr. Mark McGuire presiding. A requiem funeral Mass will be celebrated as well at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kokomo, Ind., (602 W. Superior St.) on Jan. 12, 11 a.m. with a family visitation prior from 10-11 a.m. with Bishop Ed Little presiding.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be directed to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 416 SE Grand Ave., Lee’s Summit, MO, 64063 or St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 602 W. Superior St., Kokomo, IN, 46901.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW Third St., Lee’ Summit, MO., 64063, 816-524-3700.)