Wayne Davis, born Feb. 27, 1937, in Thornberry, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 4, in Decatur, Texas.
As a college athlete Wayne played basketball and baseball at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is still ranked seventh overall for average scoring in a single season 1958/59. After graduating with a history degree he completed officer training school in Fort Eustes, Va., where he became a captain in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. Following the military he played semi-professional basketball for the Dallas Drillers. In their 1960-1961 season they were undefeated.
In June 1962 Wayne met and married his wife, Sandra. After a career in marketing and sales for International Harvester in Dallas, Wayne opened his own dealership in Poteau where the family lived for more than 40 years. As one of the top dealers Wayne was placed on the Massey Ferguson Dealer counsel for North America and Canada. He won many sales campaigns over the years, earning travel for himself and his family from across the US, Europe and Africa. He also continued to compete for years in recreational basketball and softball, where he was inducted into the Oklahoma Softball Hall of Fame.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Louis Davis of Thornberry, Texas. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 51 years, Sandra; their three children and spouses, Lisa and Jim Furey, Jane and Joel Wood, and Brad and Tera Davis; five grandchildren Laura Furey, Colin Furey, Jack Wood, Will Davis, Cole Davis; sister, Betty Shipp, and brother Raymond Davis, both of Wichita Falls, Texas.
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