Wayne E. Davis, age 79, passed peacefully of leukemia at his home on August 1, 2021. Wayne was a devoted family man and friend to many. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age and lived his life as a man of faith. He was a charter member of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX where he previously served as a Sunday morning greeter.
Wayne was born on July 3, 1942, in Seagraves, TX. His early childhood years were in Denver City, TX, before moving to Lubbock. He attended and played basketball for Lubbock High School. From 1960 to 1964, Wayne earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University and was a committed member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Throughout his career, Wayne’s entrepreneurial spirit and strong sales skills served him well. He thrived as a business owner and salesman earning many awards and recognitions. His career took him to Colorado and California, and it was here where he married Jane Edwards. Later, while living in New Mexico, he ran his own business representing Wright Line and selling computer supplies and accessories. His magnetic personality was key to his success as he developed meaningful relationships with employees and customers and held leadership roles with several professional organizations. His strong Texas roots drew him back to Dallas in 1998.
To know Wayne was to love him. He was kind, positive, outgoing, sharp witted, authentic, and adventurous. He had many lifelong friends and valued those relationships. Wayne’s greatest delight was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was passionate about golfing, reading, barbequing, and watching Texas Tech sports. His adventurous side led him to hike the Continental Divide, raft the Grand Canyon, golf in Scotland, and spend nine weeks canoeing in Alaska.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jane Davis; daughters, Beth Wilson (Lance) and Christie Williams (Lee); grandchildren, Brody Wilson, Paige Wilson, Jack Wayne Williams and Reese Williams; sister, Joyce Arterburn, sister-in-law, Mimi Davis, brother-in-law, David Edwards (Karanina) and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Preston Earl and Ina Belle Davis; brother, Preston Davis; and brother-in-law, Byron Edwards (Martha).
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, August 26th, 2021, at 4:00pm at the First United Methodist Church of Richardson with a reception to follow.
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