William B. Davis

Posted: Friday, September 03, 2004

Hoonah resident William B. Davis Jr., 81, died Sept. 1, 2004, at his home in Hoonah.

He was born Jan. 2, 1923, in Sitka to Gertrude Lawson and William Davis Sr. He was a World War II veteran and fisherman and retired as a custodian with the Hoonah City Schools. He enjoyed telling stories and making people laugh. He loved watching and sharing his gospel and wrestling tapes. His family said, "He had a big heart to help those that needed help. He will be missed."

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Davis; parents; stepmother, Emma Davis; step-siblings, Bertina Peterson, Richard Bean Sr., Bill Wolfe Sr. and Esther Keta.

He is survived by siblings, J. J., Clifford Pate, Grace (Nino) Villarreal, Gladys Skeek, Larry (Kathy) Davis, Grant (Susan) Davis, Benita Cain, Harold (Gloria) McKinley, Albert Duncan, John Duncan, Robert Duncan and Anita Wright; nephew, Floyd Peterson; Bill Wolfe Sr.'s children, Richard Bean's children and Esther Keta's children; adopted family, Sam Gonzalez, Mr. Bruce Tubre and Tom Gohlson and family; several nieces and nephews; cousin, Lucille Henderickson; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and his mother's family, including James Osborne and children.

A viewing will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Alaskan Mortuary in Juneau. Services will be in Hoonah.

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