Joseph Davidson

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Born 5-9-1920 -- Died 3-13-2005

Joseph Pinkney Davidson, 84, son of the late Joseph Pinkney Davidson and Mabel Stroud Davidson, was born May 9, 1920, in Sage, Ark. He died March 13, 2005, in Calico Rock.

He married Lois Howard in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1944, and to this union four children were born. After her death in 1968, he married Frances Mickley on April 11, 1969, in Melbourne, Ark.

J.P. was a respected businessman. For many years he owned and operated the former Davidson Chevrolet Oldsmobile dealership in Melbourne. He was the sales manager for the Cherokee Village Development District. He was involved in the community. He was a lifetime member of the Izard County Fair Board, a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, a member of the Arkansas Cattleman's Association. He was a certified Quarter Horse Association Judge and a founding member of the Hillbilly Horse Show Association. He was an active member of the Melbourne First Baptist Church. He was a past deacon, Sunday school director and choir director. His hobbies included hunting, horse breeding and watching his grandchildren play sports.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Frances Davidson of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law -- Joe and Diane Davidson and Pat and SueEllen Davidson all of Melbourne; two daughters and sons-in-law -- Paula and Tom Cone, and Janet and John Teague, all of Melbourne; four sisters -- Verbal Murray of Albuquerque, N.M., Faye Shell of Sage, Helen Cooper of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Laura Hodges of Claremore, Okla.; nine grandchildren -- David Cone, Lisa Gardner, Leslie Davidson, Scott Davidson, Eric Teague, Sarah Roark, Patrick Davidson, Jordan Davidson and Nicholas Davidson; and nine great-grandchildren -- John Wiggins, Lindsey Davidson, Alex Davidson, Erica Roark, Ethan Roark, Zack Cone, Josie Roark, Eli Teague and Dawson Cone.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers -- Ronald, Ray and Von Davidson; and four sisters -- Gladys Helm, Mabel Helm, Alma Rose and Muriel Marchant.

The funeral was March 15 at Melbourne First Baptist Church with Doyne Robertson and Danny Perryman officiating. Burial was at Melbourne Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne.

Pallbearers were Scott Davidson, Eric Teague, David Cone, Patrick Davidson, Jordan Davidson, Nicholas Davidson, John Wiggins, Shane Gardner and Will Roark.

Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Johnson, Harlan Parnell, J.B. Stroud, Robert Stroud, Jimmie T. Helm, John E. Miller, Fred Blankenship and Danny Perryman.