Forrest W. Davis "Woody" passed peacefully on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Vancouver, Wash. Woody was born May 25, 1927, in Indianapolis, to parents Ralph and Mabel Alexander Davis. He grew up on a farm in Freedom, Ind., with his grandparents and his brother "Buddy" after his 10th birthday.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert "Buddy" Davis; sister Mary Evelyn Long; and son Bradley Davis.
During World War II, Woody tried to join the Navy, but due to his color blindness, they would not accept him. He pursued his desire to serve his country, and was able to join the Merchant Marines, going to the European and Pacific theaters. He served as a fireman on the ships. After the war, he moved to San Francisco and became a meat handler for some major supermarket chains.
Woody always had an ambition to go back to school and go into the business industry. He started at College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif., and then went to the University of San Francisco and graduated in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in business/accounting. He had a few jobs before settling in with the Prune Administrative Committee/California Prune Board as a controller. He later became the executive director. During his time with the Prune Board, he had the opportunity to do a lot of world traveling with his wife, Quannah Davis. He remained with the Prune Board until his retirement in 1989.
Woody and Quannah decided to retire to Albuquerque, N.M. where they became very active in the First United Methodist Church and traveled extensively with their new church friends. After about five years, they moved to Vancouver, Wash., for five years, and then decided to go back to his wife's home in Ardmore. Again they became active participants in the First United Methodist Church, where Woody served as president of the Chester Dennis Sunday School Class.
In 2012, Woody and Quannah moved back to Vancouver, Wash., and moved into Independent/Assisted Living at Merrill Gardens. Alzheimer's was advancing with Woody, and there was family to help them in the Vancouver area.
Forrest Davis is survived by his wife of 50-plus years, Quannah Davis; his children Catherine Davis Anderson (Kenneth), Patricia A. Jackson (Fred), Quannah Bartunek (Bob), Cynthia Williams (Vern), Mark Davis and Glenn Davis; also his grandchildren Timothy and Lexie Bartunek, Melissa Jackson Morris, Cori Ash, Chad and Gabrielle Davis, Kevin and Brian Davis and Glenn Davis Jr., Jack Jackson (Carin) and Gary Jackson. He also had several great-grandchildren.
Woody had a huge love for his dachshunds over the years, and will be taking his Amber and Sophie with him on his new journey. He had a great sense of humor, and will truly be missed by all.
His request was in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chester Dennis Class at the First United Methodist Church, 501 W. Main Street, Ardmore OK 73401.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Northwood Park Cemetery, off of NE 15th Street in Ridgefield, Wash.