Whitten Ward Davis

b. 23 August 1905, d. 28 August 1965
  • Whitten Ward Davis was born on 23 August 1905 in Richland, Navarro County, Texas.
  • William Weston Davis and Lou Anna Ward appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, at 1238 North Main Street. Other members of the household included Whitten Ward Davis, Jarrell Weston Davis and Aubrey (?). It appears that Aubrey (identified as Aubrey Davis) was Lou Anna's child from an earlier marriage.
  • William Weston Davis and Lou Anna Ward appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Denton, Denton County, Texas, at 23 East Prairie Street. Other members of the household included Whitten Ward Davis, Jarrell Weston Davis and Albert Davis.
  • The following appeared on 25 March 1937 in the Denton Record-Chronicle: William Weston Davis, 73, died at his home, 214 East Prairie Street, at 2:10 p. m. Thursday. He is survived by his wife and three sons, Whitten, Jarrell and Albert, all at home. Funeral plans are not complete.
  • The following appeared on 25 June 1937 in the Baton Rouge State Times Advocate: (Opelousas) Miss Katherine Rexer of Alexandria is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Durio and Mr. and Mrs. Thompson Henderson. Mr. and Mrs. Henderson had as their guests over the week-end Miss Nellie Rexer and Mrs. [sic] W. W. Davis of Alexandria.
  • He married Eleanor Rebecca Rexer circa 1938.
  • Whitten Ward Davis and Eleanor Rebecca Rexer appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, at 815 Edenborn Street. Other members of the household included Lou Anna Ward. In 1935, Whitten and Nellie were living in Alexandria, and Louanna in Denton, Texas.
  • He was employed as general district manager of Louisiana Ice & Electric Company, according to the 1940 census.
  • The following appeared on 14 May 1940 in The Denton Record-Chronicle: Albert Davis, son of Mrs. Williamw. Davis of Pineville, La., and Miss Mary Ann Rabalais, daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. George J. Rabalais of Alexandria, were married April 15 in Alexandria. The couple will make their home in Alexandria. Davis was born and reared in Denton and since her husband's death his mother has been making her home in Pineville with Mr. and Mrs. Whitten W. Davis.
  • The following appeared on 12 September 1940 in the Denton Record-Chronicle: Word has been received here of the serious illness of Mrs. W. W. Davis of Pineville, La., a former resident of Denton. For the past year Mrs. Davis has made her home with her son, Whitten Davis, in Pineville. In Denton she made her home at 214 Eat Prairie Street. She was taken to a hospital following a severe heart attack last Saturday night.
  • Whitten Ward Davis registered for the draft on 16 October 1940 in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, while living with his wife Ellen Rebecca in Pineville, and employed there by Louisiana Ice & Electric Company at 824 Main Street.
  • The following appeared on 11 December 1951 in The Denton Record-Chronicle: Word has been received in Denton of the death of Albert Davis, 39, former resident here. Davis died Monday morning in the veterans hospital in Houston.
         Funeral services were to be held this after in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Pineville, La.
         . He was the son of the late W. W. Davis, who lived in Denton for many years. Albert was born and reared here and worked for a local ice company until he went to Louisiana about 10 years ago.
         He is survived by a daughter, Theresa Ann, 9, his mother, and two brothers, Whitten W. Davis of Pineville, and Jarrell Davis of Dallas.
  • The following appeared on 11 December 1951 in the Alexandria Town Talk: Albert Davis died at 11:20 a. m. yesterday, December 10, 1951 in a Houston, Texas hospital. He is survived by one daughter, Theresa Ann Davis; two brothers, W. W. Davis of Pineville and J. W. Davis of Dallas, and his mothr, Mrs. L. A. Davis of Pineville.
         The remains will arrive at 6:05 p. m. today on the Missouri Pacific railroad. Funeral service will be at 10 a. m. tomorrow, December 12, 1951 in Hixson Brothers Chapel.
  • The following appeared on 30 January 1958 in the Alexandria Town Talk: Mrs. Lou Anna Davis, 84, died at 6:20 p. m. Wednesday in an Alexandria hospital. She was a resident of Pineville.
         Funeral services will be held today at 2:30 p. m. from the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Pineville. Interment is to follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with Hixson Bros. funeral Home in charge.
         Survivors include two sons, W. W. of Pineville and J. W. of Livermore, Calif; and a granddaughter, Theresa Ann Davis of Pineville.
  • The following appeared on 28 October 1960 in The Denton Record-Chronicle: (Livermore, Calif.) Jarrell Weston Davis of Livermore, Calif., a forrmer Denton resident, died in his home Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. He was 53.
         Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First Methodist Church in Frisco. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Frisco, under direction of Staley Funeral Home.
         Born in Malakoff, Mr. Davis attended Denton public schools and married Miss Madge Smith of Frisco. He moved to Livermore in 1952.
         Survivors include his widow; one brother, Whitten Davis of Pineville, La; one aunt, Mrs. R. D. Fleming of Corsicana; and a niece, Miss Theresa Ann Davis of Pineville, La.
  • The following appeared on 12 July 1963 in the Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light: Mrs. R. D. Fleming, 84, longtime Corsicana and Navarro county resident, 122 West First avenue, died in Memorial hospital Thursday morning following a half hour's illness after a heart attack. She died a few minutes after an ambulance brought her to the hospital. [:CR;]      Mrs. Fleming is reported to have suffered the heart attack at 7:20 a. m. Thursday and died before 8 a. m. [:CR;]      The widow of an extensive landowner, banker and former city official and fraternal leader, Mrs. Fleming established "The Rena Fleming Foundation For Boys, Inc." May 22, 1959, and provided 688 acres for Camp Fleming at the site formerly known as the Magnolia Lake and later as the Water Work Club southeast of Corsicana. [:CR;]      This site is for Boy Scounts, Cub Scouts, 4-H, underprivileged, and others regardless of race. It is governed by a board of five directors. [:CR;]      Mrs. Fleming said when she established the camp that she wanted to help the youngsters. Not having any children of her own, Mrs. Fleming claimed many youngsters who played in her yard as her boys after they were grown. [:CR;]      "The little fellows are in the formative age and I want to do something for them to make them better citizens." Mrs. Fleming said. [:CR;]      Mrs. Fleming said that if the establishment of the camp caused only two youngsters to become good citizens, it would have accomplished its purpose. [:CR;]      A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Fleming resided in the Navarro community before she and her husband moved to Corsicana. [:CR;]      Mrs. Fleming was a member of the Presbyterian church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are a nephew, W. W. Davis, Pineville, La., and several cousins. [:CR;]      Funeral arrangements were incomplete at the Griffin Funeral Home early Thursday afternoon, but burial will be in the Hopewell cemetery at Navarro.
  • Whitten Ward Davis died on 28 August 1965 at age 60 in Ruidoso, Lincoln County, New Mexico.
  • His wife Eleanor Rebecca Rexer became a widow at his death.
  • He was interred at Forest Law Memorial Park & Mausoleum, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
  • The following appeared on 30 August 1965 in the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate: (Pineville) Funeral services for Whitten W. Davis, 60, the Pineville division manager of Central Louisiana Electric Co., will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pineville.
         Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. [:CR;]      Davis died at 2 p.m. Saturday in a hospital in Ruidoso, N.M., where he and Mrs. Davis had gone on their vacation. He had become ill about two weeks ago in New Mexico and was hospitalized but seemed to be recovering. [:CR;]      A native of Richland County, Tex., he went to work for a subsidiary of the old Louisiana Ice and Electric Co. while he was a student at North Texas State University in Denton.
         He moved to Pineville with the company, forerunner of CLECO, in 1929 and had been with the organization 37 years, eight of them as division manager.
         He was an area civic leader for many years and served on numerous committees, particularly those contributing to the growth and development of Pineville. He was given the city's distinguished service award in 1948.
          He was a charter member, past president and secretary of the Pineville Kiwanis Club and was honored recently as the only active charter member. [:CR;]      He is survived by his wife, the former Nellie Rexer; a daughter [sic], Mrs. Theresa Ann D. Ramos, Pineville; a nephew, Ross Brunson of Memphis, Tenn., and a granddaughter.
  • Last Edited: 31 Jul 2016

Family: Eleanor Rebecca Rexer b. 2 November 1908, d. circa 4 August 1979