Gene Tarlane Davis, nicknamed "Stumpy" by his friends, born May 3rd, 1937 passed away in his home at the age of 85 on February 23rd, 2023 surrounded by his loved ones.
Gene joined the Navy out of high school serving four years active military, and four years reserve. His recruit training was in Houston, TX and San Diego, CA. He went to Orange, Tx for intermediate training. He attended fleet sonar training school in Key west, FL, then got stationed at South Carolina, Bermuda, Nantucket, MA, and Newport, Rhode Island. He spent many years as a Civil Engineer overseeing and inspecting most of the construction that happened on Kelly Field and Lackland A.F.B. He was a talented musician: a singer-songwriter and "guitar man". He wrote and recorded several originals and covers, some of which are printed onto 45 vinyl records; it was said that a few of those made it into some juke boxes at local establishments.
One of his favorite stories to tell was that of the day he almost got to work with Willie Nelson writing songs, if it hadn't been for the misfortune of an ill-timed flat tire, and a flight that Willie couldn't miss. He did, however, have the honor of opening up for Willie Nelson once at Floores Country Store in Helotes, TX. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and knew his way around an automobile engine. He enjoyed John Wayne movies, bald eagles, and the American flag and what it stood for. He was a proud American patriot, a cowboy at heart, and a Texan to his core. He loved Classic outlaw country music, he had a strong work ethic, and his faith never wavered. He believed in our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and always kept a Bible by his bed.
He was predeceased by his mother, Winnie Marie (Cox) Davis, and his father, Victor Loraine Davis, who were known as "Pete and Polly" by those close to them. He is survived by his three siblings: Blanche Teague, Herbert Davis, and Bernard "Cherokee" Brown; by his six children: Rochelle Lentschke, Corina Zars, Kevin McAnally, Sandra Elledge, Trey Davis, and Brooke Luevano; by his twenty-three grandchildren: Wyatt and Lana; Katie and Nick; Monica, Dylan, and Justin; Hyacinth and Nolan; Brody, Hayley, Tanner, Katelyn, Sean, Emma and Anna; and Keira, Eden, Connor, Zoe, River, Charlie and Robin; and by his great-grandchildren: Evelynn, Evan, and Kayden.
Please join us to honor and celebrate his life on March 9th, 2023 at Chapel hill Funeral Home in San Antonio, Tx. There will be a viewing form 9-11am, services from 12-1pm, followed by a burial ceremony at Ft. Sam Houston starting at 1:30pm.