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Former School Board Member and Army Vet William McEntire 'Mr. Bill' Davis, 89, Dies

Funeral Services will be held on today at 2 p.m. from Hightower’s Memorial Chapel with Ministers Josh Buice and Lanier Gable and son-in-law Don Richardson officiating.

William McEntire “Bill” Davis, 89 of Douglasville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6. He was born in Lawrenceville on Feb. 1, 1923 to the late Demetrius Orestes Davis and the late Nettie McEntire Davis.

Bill moved to Bill Arp in Douglas County in 1932, where he resided until his death. He was a 1940 graduate of Douglas County High School and a veteran of World War II. He served in the U.S. Army in the 206th Anti-aircraft Artillery Battalion in Hawaii and on Iwo Jima.

After the war, he returned to Bill Arp, where he married Annice Bearden in Nov. 1947. She preceded him in death in Oct. 2009. In 1950, he built a house on Big A Road where he lived until his death. He was employed by International Harvester Company for 38 years, retiring in 1989.

He was a member of Prays Mill Baptist Church since 1937, serving as church treasurer and as a Deacon for more than 40 years. Serving also in the nursery he was known by all the members of Prays Mill Church simply as “Mr. Bill.” He was also a member of the Douglas County School Board from 1969-1972. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Annice Bearden Davis; brother, Harold O. Davis.

He is survived by a sister, Eloise Eason of Douglasville; sons, James and wife Joan Davis of St. Simons Island, Georgia, Kenneth and wife Linda Davis of Douglasville, Georgia; daughter Susan and husband Donald Richardson of Powder Springs, Georgia; granddaughter, Elizabeth Davis; grandson, Davis Richardson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on today at 2 p.m. from Hightower’s Memorial Chapel with Ministers Josh Buice and Lanier Gable and son-in-law Don Richardson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Prays Mill Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors.

You may share your thoughts and memories in the online guestbook at www.hightowersmemorial.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hightower’s Memorial Chapel and Cremation Service, Douglasville. For more information, call 770-489-2818.

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