The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 23, 2013

James F. Davis II


FITHIAN — James F. Davis II, 58, lifelong Fithian area farmer, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident near St. Joseph.

He was born Dec. 5, 1954, in Danville to James F. and Ardyth Dobbles Davis.

He married Kathy Burton in June of 1988. They later divorced.

She survives, as well as his mother, Ardyth Davis of Fort Myers, Fla.; one son, Nathan (Bridget Stipp) Davis of Boswell, Ind.; two brothers, Ray W. (Judy) Davis of Fithian and Tim (Teresa) Davis of Fithian; and two sisters, Rose Marie (Charles) Smilgys of Aurora and Anita Davis of Fort Myers, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his father.

James farmed and enjoyed livestock and loved to “tinker.” He had been a Mason for 24 years and a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge, Ansar Shrine, Eastern Illinois Shrine Club and rode the Super Cycle. James loved life and always lived his to the fullest.

Funeral services: 11 a.m. Thursday at Fithian United Methodist Church, the Rev. Kim Dancey to officiate. Burial in: the Stearns Cemetery at Fithian. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Robison Chapel in Catlin, with Masonic rites at 8 p.m. by Catlin Masonic Lodge.

Memorials to: the Eastern Illinois Shrine Club or the Fithian United Methodist Church. Online condolences at:

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