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Donald Lee Davis

Mr. Donald Lee Davis passed away, at the age of 67, at the Murfreesboro Nursing Home in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, on July 11, 2021. 

He was born October 5, 1953, in Mena, Arkansas, to the late Felix Jefferson Davis and the late Angelina Birdie Stipe Davis. His life began when he was catching chickens, he then went to work at U.S. Motors. After that, he worked for around 40 years for the Polk County Farmers until he retired. During this time, he spent over 40 years drumming for the Talimena Drive Band playing music throughout Arkansas. He loved his family, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, and doing both with his wife and grandchildren. He really loved his Aunt Othea and Uncle Loyd and their children. He thought the world of his nieces and nephews. Donald always looked forward to coming home from work to a good fresh meal and his wife waiting for him. 

Donald is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara Mae Dees Davis; daughter, Lori Jean Davis Rose; son-in-law, Michael Rhodes; grandsons, Brandon Wade Rhodes, and Nathan Rhodes and wife Maci; granddaughters, April Marie Rose, Lydia Rhodes, Vanessa Rhodes, and Valerie Rhodes; great-grandson, Oliver Rhodes; and one sister, Patsy Davis Westbrook. Gene Lance is the last surviving member of his band.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Dona Mae Davis Rhodes in August of 2018; brothers, Danny Ray Davis, and (Bud) Felix Jefferson Davis Jr.; two sisters, Wanda Jean Davis Tilley, and Angeline Monette Davis Meyer; band mates, Don Thompson the singer and guitar player, and Lloyd Schoolfield the guitar lead.

A funeral service for Donald will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Visitation is general.   

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