Plez J. Davis of Ardmore, formerly of Pauls Valley, passed away June 4, 2017 in Ardmore, Oklahoma at the age of 96 years.
P.J., as he was known to his family, was born January 17, 1921 in Burneyville, Oklahoma to Varney and Ruby (Burton) Davis. He grew up in the Burneyville and Paoli area and started school in Paoli.
Plez entered the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in April 1938. His services with the CCC began at the Lake Murray Camp, but was completed at a camp in Pueblo, Colorado. He was discharged from the CCC on March 31, 1940.
Within just a few months, being accustomed to service, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 12, 1940 and remained in active duty for over 20 years. Plez retired as a Master Sergeant on October 1, 1960 at the same location of his enlistment, Fort Sill.
During World War II he served as a gunner in Battery "A" of the 77th Field Artillery Battalion. Campaigns included Central Europe, Sicilian Campaign, Italian Campaign, Rhineland and Southern France. He earned a very impressive list of medals including the Bronze Star Medal and the Medal for Military Merit with his name inscribed.
Following his retirement, he went to work of the military as a civilian, employed in the commons area of Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Later, after living at Fort Devens for about 15 years, he returned to Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
On November 7, 1998, he and Margie Baum were married in Pauls Valley. She preceded him in death July 22, 2002.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Ruby Davis; a brother, McDonald Davis, retired, USAF; sisters Mildred Parten, Blanquita Dye and an infant twin sister to Blanquita, Marquita Davis.
Surviving family include his brother, Joe Davis of Marietta; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Ft. Sill National Cemetery.
Interment will be at Ft. Sill National Cemetery under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family's guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 6, 2017