Roger Eric Davis, 49, was born on August 12, 1963 to Terry (Leming) and Don G. Davis, in Tulsa Oklahoma and died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was a 1981 graduate of John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City and a 1985 graduate of The University of Oklahoma, with a degree in journalism.
In 1987, Roger met the love of his life, Ann Boos Davis, and they were married on December 22, 1990 in Muskogee. Roger and Ann started their married life in Atlanta, GA, but jumped at the chance to move to Muskogee in 1992 to be closer to family and friends and to go into business for themselves. They worked side-by-side for 20 years. Their first store, A.B. Davis, featured Roger’s artwork, Ann’s interior design services, giftware, paper and accessories. In 2001 they launched their own stationery and giftware line, Lovie and Dodge, and began selling their custom products in specialty boutiques and retail stores throughout the U.S.
Roger was known locally for his amazing artistic abilities. He had the honor of being the official portrait artist for the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame where his beautiful portraits of inductees are showcased. His portraits, still lifes and murals grace the walls of many homes and are treasured by family and friends. Years ago, Ann told Roger that they really needed to make it a point to go to church every Sunday. Roger didn’t say anything for a minute and then profoundly stated that, although he agreed, he had always felt that by using his God given talent, he served and honored his Lord every day. For many, many years, hardly a day or night went by when Roger wasn’t at his easel. But despite the hundreds and hundreds of beautiful pieces of art he created, his most treasured and greatest masterpiece in his life was his son, William Callaway Davis, born in 1999. Callaway was the sun in his sky and he adored him more than words can describe.
An avid Sooners fan, his years at OU were treasured by him and he loved recalling fun fraternity days as a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He had the chance to take Callaway on a tour of the Sig Alph house last fall when the family went over for a home game. As luck would have it, it happened to be Dad’s Day and he ran in to many old frat brothers, many of whom he hadn’t seen in years. He was a member of Bachelors’ Club in Oklahoma City and throughout the years, volunteered and donated his time and talents to many local organizations. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and on the board for the Muskogee Area Arts Council.
Roger will be remembered as a fun, easy-going guy. No one ever had anything but a kind thing to say about him. He fit right in to the Muskogee community and was loved as “our own” from day one. His fun and very wide circle of friends included his Monday night card group as well as Ann’s childhood friends and customers. Everyone loved Roger.
Left to cherish his memory and legacy are his wife, Ann Boos Davis, and his son, Callaway, of the home; mother and father, Terry and Don Davis, Wichita, KS; brother, Randy Davis (Karen), Wichita, KS; sister, Vikki Zagortz (Dean), Prairie Village, KS; brother Rob Davis (Mia), Dallas, TX; mother and father-in-law, Nanette and Harold Boos, Muskogee, OK; brother-in-law, Doug Boos (Kayla), Muskogee, OK. His precious nieces, Erin Davis Moeller, Wichita, KS; Emily Davis Mangrum, Washington, D.C.; Ellie Davis Beckler, San Jose, CA; Mary Catherine and Gracie Davis, Dallas, TX; Allison Boos, Muskogee, OK. His awesome nephews, Davis Zagortz, Kansas City, MO; Ryan Boos, Muskogee, OK; Clark Moeller, Charlie Mangrum and Dan Beckler; and great-nephews, Teddy Moeller and Peyton Beckler; and numerous friends whom considered family.
A memorial service celebrating Roger’s life will be held at 3:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Muskogee.
The family would like to thank the friends near and far who offered so much support, prayers and love in the last few weeks. Roger read every message and was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love.
The family has entrusted Bradley Family Funeral & Cremation Service with the arrangements. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.bradleyfuneralservice.com