Richard S. Davis

Born: Sat., Nov. 19, 1932
Died: Fri., Dec. 25, 2020

Graveside Service

12:30 PM Sat., Jan. 02, 2021
Location: Nebo Cemetery

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Richard Smith Davis (Smithy), age 88, of Pittsfield, IL and formerly of Nebo, IL left this world on the evening of Friday, December 25, 2020 at Heritage Healthcare in Jacksonville, IL.  He was the son of Claude and Nellie Smith Davis, born on November 19, 1932 at a home south of Nebo, IL.  He married Rosalie Weaver on July 1,1953 and she preceded him in death on September 24, 2017.    

Richard was a graduate of Nebo High School in 1951 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1968.  He proudly served in the United States Army in Korea from 1952 to 1953.  He farmed for many years in Pike County, Illinois.  After receiving his college degree, he began his career as a public servant for the State of Illinois Department of Public Aid. Eventually, he accepted a position as the Local Office Administrator for the Pittsfield office where he touched many lives of Pike County residents.    He retired after serving over 30 years of state service in 1997.

Known to most by his nickname, “Smithy”, he spent many hours volunteering his time at church and in the community.  He was a past member of the Nebo Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, taught Sunday School and sang in the choir.  He served on numerous church boards and committees and was a man of deep faith.  He volunteered his time in lay ministry to seniors in long-term care and sat on the board of the Senior Center.  He was a member of the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152.

Smithy had a special love of his family and was a remarkable husband, father and son.  He spent countless hours helping his parents, children and grandchildren with all their needs.  He could always be found in the stands at their ballgames and in the audience at their concerts and plays.  He made time for those who needed him and his wise counsel was sought by many family and friends.  Smithy possessed infinite patience and kindness that drew others to him.  He was an avid reader and enjoyed travelling with Rosalie.  He loved nature and enjoyed walks in the hills around Nebo.  In his last few years, he spent most of his time singing old songs and hymns to the staff at Heritage Healthcare.  He will be sorely missed by all who were touched by his love and kindness.

Richard is survived by his children, Ronda (Richard) Foster, Roseann Haven and Richard Kent (Tasha) Davis.  He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Brady Foster, Rebecca Foster, Graham Haven, Madalene (A.J.) Klocke, Gabrielle Davis, and Mason Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Nellie Davis;  his loving wife of 64 years, Rosalie; a brother who died in infancy; and his son-in-law, Patrick Haven.

Public graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:30 PM at Nebo Cemetery with Reverend David Hamilton officiating. Memorials are suggested to be made to Pittsfield American Legion Post #152, Pike County Honor Flight or Nebo Cemetery. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Richard's memory to the following organizations:

American Legion Post #152

Nebo Cemetery

Pike County Honor Flight

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Cookie Foote
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
Just wanting to express our sympathy. Sorry for your loss, but we know Richard’s in a better place. We’ve always had a lot of respect for him. So enjoyed him at Nebo Baptist. Cherish the memories!
Sincerely, Cookie & John Foote

Scott Smith
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
I was so sorry to learn of Smithy's death. He had a great amount of influence on me as I grew up attending Nebo Baptist. Heartfelt sympathy goes out to Rhonda, Roseann, and Kent.

Nancy Naughton
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
Although I only met Mr. Davis a few times through my very good friend, Roseann Haven, while attending IL College and a time or two thereafter, he left quite ian mpression. One could tell what a kind, compassionate, and intelligent man he was. These traits are obvious in Roseann's character as well.

I am thinking of you Roseann, Kent, Ronda and families.

Lynn Phillips
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
Ronda, Roseann,and Kent I'm so sorry for your lost My prayers are with you and your families.

Bob and Kathleen Dunn
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
We are so very sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept our prayers and sympathy to you all. You are all so special to us.

Dinah Willard
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
I am very sorry to learn about Smithy passing. He was a fine man with such a great smile for all! He was very kind and thoughtful. Sending condolences to the Rhonda, Roseann, Kent and families at this time.

Margie and Tony Wells
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
So saddened to hear of Smithy’s home going. He was our dear kind friend and we have missed and will miss him terribly as we have missed Rosalie . Our prayers and tears are with you. Because of Covid we cannot greet you their family. God Bless all of you.

Bev Sides Engelbrecht
   Posted Thu December 31, 2020
Kent and Family,
Im so sorry to learn of your fathers passing.
My sister, while working for the state, Always spoke very highly of your father .

Sincere sympathy,
Bev Sides Engelbrecht

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
For Ronda, Roseann, Kent and each family,
I am thinking of you in this time of your sorrow. Richard seemed to be a fine man who will be missed my many, especially you all, his family.
My Sincere Sympathy, Bonnie

angie neff
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
I was sorry to read of Richard's passing. He was my boss at Pike Co Public Aid. He was a very nice man. He and Rosalie were both good people. I remember how thrilled they were when each grandchild was born. May your memories of your Dad and Grandpa comfort you all.

   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
I am very sorry to hear about Mr. Richard. He was a very kind, Christian gentleman. I will never forget his kindness to me. My sympathy to Rhonda, Roseann and Kent.

Darwin and Lisa Feenstra
   Posted Mon January 04, 2021
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Darwin and Lisa Feenstra

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