Kellas Manning Davis, 74, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008 in Abilene. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on Friday at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 HWY 277 South. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 5th at the ODonnell Cemetery in ODonnell, Texas.
Kel was born on December 6, 1933 in Comanche County the son of Mitchell Davis and Ruth Manning Davis. He grew up and attended school in ODonnell and on October 11, 1952, married his high school sweetheart, Helen Faye Jones. He served in the National Guard during the Korean conflict, and in 1957 completed training at the Texas Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy. Kel was with DPS for 22 years, working 16 years as a patrolman and serving 6 years as a narcotics agent. He has been a resident of Abilene since 1963 and was a member of the Caps United Methodist Church. Kel enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and all kinds of sports. He loved spending time with his family, and he loved his dogs.
Suvivors include his wife of 55 years, Helen Davis of Abilene; three daughters, Kaye Davis of Mesquite, Karolyn Davis Gass of Lubbock, Kelly Davis of Weatherford; daughter-in-law, Lynda Harrell of Mesquite; son-in-law, Steve Gass of Lubbock; two sisters, June Stokes of Lubbock, and Ruthie Hensley of Grand Prairie; sister-in-law, Norma Davis of San Angelo; two grandchildren, Amanda and Emily McIntosh; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, Albert, Dean, Levin, and Larron, a sister, Mary Cockerham, 2 brothers-in-law, 3 sisters-in-law and a nephew.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial donations made to Hendrick Hospice Care, PO Box 1922, Abilene, Texas 79604.
Im so sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers and thoughts.
Sharon Youngquist DixonLubbock, TX
We will have all of you in our prayers. Remember your mom and dad as such very nice people. Your dad will be missed.
TWYLIA WALDONABILENE, TX