Carroll Ray Davis, age 88 of Talking Rock, GA passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the Wildwood Health Care Center. Mr. Davis was born on February 23, 1923 in Wisconsin to Raymond Henry Davis and Nina Adeline Slater Davis. He dedicated his life to his family, his church, and to the Lord. He loved to take his family on summer long camping trips, and was a Pathfinder leader. He spent many years as a religious book salesman for his church. He moved to Butler, TN in 1974 and helped to build the Mountain City Seventh-Day Adventist Church where he was a charter member and head elder.
Mr. Davis dedicated his free time to prison ministry for years. He personally gave Bible studies, support and counsel to the inmates and would help them get back on their feet when they were discharged from prison. He would also give Bible studies and counsel to anyone in the community who wanted him to come. He was known for his prized garden which he loved to share with family, friends, and neighbors and especially loved raising his strawberries. Mr. Davis was also a wonderful musician who could play almost any instrument, including the handsaw. He would sit on the front porch and play and sing Beautiful Dreamer on the handsaw to the awe and amazement of those who had never heard him before. He also loved to play his guitar and his mandolin, and to sing, especially gospel hymns. His favorite hymn was When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder. He and his wife, Leta, provided the music for many weddings and funerals and would also go to the nursing homes to play and sing for them.
Mr. Davis also liked to work with his hands and build. He built many homes in the Mountain City and Butler communities including some for his children and was also a plumber and all around handyman. He did not like to be idle, and was always working on something. He did not hesitate to go when a neighbor would call and need him to fix something at their house. Though he never acquired much of this worlds goods, he always gave to family or anyone in need. He retired to Talking Rock, GA in 2006 where he continued to garden every summer.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his wife, Leta Marie Richardson Davis. He is survived by one son, Donald Leland and Dee Davis of Butler, TN; daughter, Margaret (Peggy) and Stephen Guptill who are missionaries in the Philippines; daughter, Carolyn and Gary Hullquist of Talking Rock, GA; brother, James Davis of WA; sister, Geraldine Burke of VA; six grandchildren and their spouses, Brandi and William Beam, Donald and Angie Davis, Scott and Mindi Guptill, Wendy and Dwayne Harris, Trudi and Daniel LaFlair, and Eric and Janell Hullquist; eight great-grandchildren, Acacia Beam, Breanna Davis, Caden Davis, Alexander Guptill, Gideon LaFlair, Galena LaFlair, Elliot LaFlair, and Eliana LaFlair; step-great-granddaughter, Kayla Beam; and several nieces and nephews. His wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service is planned for a later date. The location has not been decided at this time.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cagle Funeral Home in Jasper, GA.
When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more
And the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair
When the saved of Earth shall gather over on the other shore
And the roll is called up yonder, Ill be there