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TUPELO – William Ernest Davis, 94, after a long and fruitful life, met his Creator on Friday, October 1, 2021 from NMMC after a period of declining health. Born July 19, l921 in Cross Co., Ark. to Philander and Lula Mae Moore Davis, Ernest spent most of his life in Lee County, Miss. He graduated from Plantersville High School in l945 and joined the U. S. Navy on October 4, l945 and where he served honorably served with the rank of Fireman Second Class discharging on August 2, l946. He began a career as a self employed house painter which lasted well over 50 years. He married Dorothy Bailey Hallman for 51 years before her death April 3, 2020. There was no greater fisherman than Ernest. He loved the outdoors and dipping a hook in any body of water he came upon. Ernest loved to talk to anyone who would listen and was a great Southern storyteller. He and Dorothy enjoyed going to Church and visited over the years most of the Churches in Lee County. Ernest was a good ole soul!
A graveside service will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 at Lee Memorial Park in Verona with his friends, Mike Davis and Steve Holland, speaking. Burial will immediately follow the service.
Ernest is survived by his children, William E.” Billy” Davis, Mike Davis, Phil Hallman and their families; his grandchildren, Michele Davis Brady, William Scot Davis, Jennifer Davis Butler, Chad Hallman and Greg Hallman and 9 great grandchildren; a host of friends he made over the years in the house painting business. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy and son, Eddie Eugene “Pete” Davis.