William Hardy Davis

b. 16 July 1924, d. 23 February 2010
  • William Hardy Davis was born on 16 July 1924 in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas.
  • He married Mary Lee Campbell, daughter of Archibald Rowland Campbell and Katherine Wilson Rountree, in 1952.
  • William Hardy Davis became a widower at the 30 January 2001 death of his wife Mary Lee Campbell.
  • The following appeared on 2 February 2001 in The Daily News: (Dickinson) Mary Lee Davis (nee, Campbell), a resident of Dickinson, Texas for 44 years, died Tuesday, January 30, 2001. She was born on February 10, 1924, in Galveston, Texas, to Kate Rountree and Archibald Rowland Campbell, who preceded her in death. Her brother, Archibald Rowland Campbell Jr., her sisters, Katherine Campbell Oliver and Alice Campbell Gaughan, and her brother-in-law, Donald James Tucker, also predeceased her.
         Mary Lee graduated from Ball High School in Galveston and Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri. She was the assistant to the principal of David Crockett School, a member of Junior Welfare and the Junior League of Galveston. In 1952, she married William Hardy Davis Sr., who was her loving husband and devoted partner for 49 years. She was an avid reader, an accomplished artist, a beach lover, and a wonderful and supportive aunt to 16 nieces and nephews, and 26 great nieces and nephews.
         Mary Lee is survived by her husband Bill; her brother and sister-in-law, Chesley Rountree and Louise Swilley Campbell; her sister, Nancy Campbell Martin, her sisters-in-law, Eugenia Harris Campbell and Virginia Davis Tucker; and her brother-in-law, James Eugene Gaughan.
         Services will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Dickinson at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2001, with interment following at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas. Honorary pallbearers are David Thomas Campbell, James Eugene Gaughan Sr., Carl Jacob Fuchs, Ernest Henry Groppe, T. Brockett Hudson, Frank A. Liddell, Betty Lee Marshall, Constance Ann McKenzie and Mary Elizabeth McManus.
         Pallbearers are Archibald Rowland Campbell III, Douglas McQueen Campbell, John Harris Campbell, Chesley Campbell, James Eugene Gaughan, Jr., Hans Groppe, Matthew Douglas Moore, Thomas Mitchell Oliver, Jr., James Eliot Tucker, and Stanley Davis Tucker.
         Memorials may be made to the Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas, Mares Memorial Library, Dickinson, Texas, Special Olympics at your local school, or a charity of your choice.
  • William Hardy Davis died on 23 February 2010 at age 85 in Texas City, Galveston County, Texas.
  • He was interred at Galveston Memorial Park, Hitchcock, Galveston County, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 26 February 2010 in The Daily News: (Dickinson) William Hardy Davis, Jr., resident of Dickinson, Texas, passed away February 23, 2010, in Texas City, Texas. He was born July 16, 1924, in Port Arthur, Texas to parents William Hardy Davis, Sr. and Virginia Cox Davis. He was a WWII Veteran of the Army Corp, member of the Houston Club, the Society of Professional Engineers, and the Pelican Club. He was on the Board of Directors of the Rosenberg Library for forty-years, on the Board of Directors of the Dickinson Library, and a longtime member of the Board of Directors at Citizen State Bank in Dickinson. Bill worked at Monsanto in Texas City, at Petro-Tex Chemical Corporation, and at Texas Commerce Bank in Houston establishing the first Chemical Division, and later heading the Trust Department. Upon retiring from the bank, he later consulted for numerous national and international banks. He was a graduate of Rice University and a graduate student at University of Texas in Austin where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Bill was a member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Dickinson for forty-eight years.
         He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lee Campbell Davis, his parents, and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He is survived by his sister Virginia Davis Tucker; sisters-in-law Eugenia Harris Campbell, and Louise Swilley Campbell; brother-in-law, Chesley Rountree Campbell; nephews Tom M. Oliver and wife Frankye, Archibald R. Campbell, John H. Campbell, Douglas M. Campbell and wife Carrie, Paul C. Campbell, Major James E. Gaughan and wife Paula, David T. Campbell, Stanley D. Tucker and wife Vicki, and James E. Tucker and wife Roxy; nieces, Kate O. Moore and husband James, Alice O. Parrott and husband Robert, Jane O. Stafford and husband Wesley, Eugenia H. Campbell, Nancy Lee Peterson and husband Jerry Jackson, Kathleen Bridget Wagstaff and husband Richard, and Mariellen Tucker; 24 great nieces and nephews, and eight great-great nieces and nephews, and many lifelong friends.
         A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2010, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Dickinson, Texas with Father Douglas Tucker officiating. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.
         Pallbearers will be James D. Moore, Matthew D. Moore, John H. Campbell, Douglas M. Campbell, Jerry W. Jackson, Stan D. Tucker, Paul C. Campbell, Major James E. Gaughan, and Richard H. Wagstaff. Honorary pallbearers will be Archibald R. Campbell, David T. Campbell, Brock Hudson, Frank Lidell, Henry Groppe, and Norman Lewis.
         In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, the Dickinson Public Library, the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Dickinson, TX, or the M.I. Lewis Social Service Center in Dickinson.
  • Last Edited: 17 Feb 2013

Family: Mary Lee Campbell b. 10 February 1924, d. 30 January 2001