Funeral services for Etler Berry “E.B.” Davis II, age 99 of Fayetteville, TN will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 1 PM at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Mike George presiding. Born at home on Washington Street February 22, 1910 to Etler Berry Sr. and Leota Pearl Webster Davis, he was the youngest of eight children. He attended elementary and high school in Fayetteville, graduating cum laude form Central High School in 1930. After one year at Duke University his education was cut short by financial constraints brought on by the Great Depression. Joining Belknap Hardware in Louisville, KY he advanced from the stockroom to the sales force. Serving as Belknap’s sales representative for Mississippi he mat and subsequently married Kathleen Elizabeth Halbrook of Belzoni, MS in 1942. She was the daughter of James Halbrook, the proprietor of a local hardware store. As a WWII draftee he served overseas in New Guinea as a member of the Army Air Corp, returning after two years at the end of the war. After discharge from the service he returned to Fayetteville and established Davis Hardware, operating that institution for over forty years until the death of his wife in 1990. He is survived by two sons, Etler Berry Davis III of Houston, TX and James W. Davis and wife Jane L. of Cookeville, TN, and by four grandsons, Judah, Andrew, Zachary, James and wife Allison, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be Tuesday evening from 4-7 PM at Higgins Funeral Home.