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Harold L. “Jack” Davis

Services for Harold L. “Jack” Davis of Hazlehurst are 11 a.m.,Thursday, May 27, at Antioch Baptist Church in Barlow with burialin the church cemetery. Community Funeral Services is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 5-9 p.m., at the church.

Mr. Davis, 74, died May 24, 2004, at Hardy Wilson MemorialHospital. He was born in Copiah County.

He was a retired Command Sergeant Major with National GuardMississippi after a career of 35 years. He was a deacon and musicdirector at Antioch Baptist Church for 41 years. He was a member ofCentral Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi Society Sons of theAmerican Revolution and served as chapter secretary. He was amember of First Families of Mississippi and Hazlehurst Lions Club,where he served as tail twister. He was a charter member ofMississippi National Guard Noncommissioned Officers Association. Hewas a member and former national parliamentarian of the EnlistedAssociation of National Guard of the United States, and was amember of Mended Hearts of Jackson.

He served in the Army as chaplain assistant during the KoreanConflict. He received a Bronze Star, two Oak Leaf Clusters and theMississippi Magnolia Metal. He was a fifth generation member ofseveral Early Copiah County Families. He was an avid mastercarpenter and owner of Davis Enterprises, accomplishing manyprojects for friends, family and his church. He was a graduate ofHazlehurst City Schools, Copiah-Lincoln Junior College andUniversity of Southern Mississippi.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Owen Howell “Jack” andBetty Bishop Davis; his brother, James Earl Davis; and a grandson,Stephen Paul Cartwright.

Survivors are his wife, Billie Jane Shotts Davis; his daughterand son-in-law, Wendy Davis Cartwright and husband Paul C. of YazooCity; his sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Lee and Cindy MitchellDavis, and James Robert “Jim” and Sherry Moss Davis, all ofHazlehurst; his grandchildren, Gregory Alan Davis, Jack MitchellDavis, Mary Michael Davis, Harold “Chase” Davis, William Owen”Will” Davis, Cathryn Colby Cartwright and Joseph “Tyler” DavisCartwright; his great-grandson, Bryce Alan Davis; and hismother-in-law, Rubenia Shotts Hardin.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Antioch BaptistChurch.

Memorials may be made to Rosalie Library Fund, P.O. Box 1392,Natchez, MS 39121, or the Copiah County Chapter of the AmericanHeart Association, or the J.T. Biggs Jr. Memorial Library, 200 S.Jackson St., Crystal Springs, MS 39059, or the NoncommissionedOfficers Association Scholarship Fund or any organization orcharity of choice.