Faydlee (F. L.) Davis 84 of Greers Ferry, AR passed away at his home on Sunday, September 17, 2017. He was born on January 7, 1933 in Edgemont Arkansas to Todd and Adria Davis. Faydlee attended school through the 8th grade, which was all that was offered where he lived. His teacher asked him to come back the next year and teach math to the class, which he did. He always loved math, reading and staying on top of current events. He married his love , Cleta Joyce Nored, in her home on March 22, 1953 (2 days after she turned 17) . They opened a grocery store in the Miller bottoms and after the lake came in moved the store to Stark, Arkansas, now Greers Ferry, where he raised his 5 daughters and ran his businesses. He was the first mayor of Greers Ferry and joined with others to get a city charter to form the City of Greers Ferry. He was a charter member of the Greers Ferry Lions Club, and was a member of the Sam Williams Masonic Lodge #89. He valued education and served numerous years on the West Side school board. He was the treasurer of the Cleurne County Economic Development Committee, which helped to bring ASU-Heber Springs to our county. Because of his contributions to his community, Chastine Shumway featured him in a book titled, “Unforgettables.” He was presented the outstanding citizen of the state of Arkansas award by Governor Mike Huckabee, for outstanding public service to his state. He loved his family and community and was always ready to help someone in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents Cloy James (Todd) and Naomi Adria Brewer Davis of Greers Ferry; his brother, Billy Gene Davis of Cord, AR; one son-in-law Hugh Allan Baker of Greers Ferry; two grandchildren, Joshua Davis Barnum and Andrew Chase Hunt; and one great-grandchild Gracie Isabella Caldwell.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cleta Joyce Nored Davis, one sister, Uties Davis Dudeck (Fred) of Greers Ferry; five daughters: Rhonda Davis of Clinton; Renae Estes (David) of Greers Ferry; Debra Baker of Greers Ferry; Dana Wells (Darrin) of Drasco; and Kristi Massey of Conway; twenty-nine grandchildren and spouses, fifteen great-grandchildren; three sister-in-laws, Mary Davis, Rosetta Hewitt (Gary), and Gail Morris (David), and one brother-in-law Bill Nored; his faithful secretary of 48 years, Wilma Hartsfield; many other relatives and many many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the F. L. Davis Scholarship Fund or the Greers Ferry Ambulance Fund. Contributions for both can be mailed to Wilma Hartsfield, 890 Shiloh Road, Greers Ferry, AR 72067.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 19 from 5-8 pm, and the funeral service will be Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 2 pm. Both will be held at West Side First Baptist Church in Greers Ferry.
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