Earl Lee Davis, 78, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away peacefully at 8:57 a.m., Monday October 19, 2020 with his daughters Cynthia, Earlisha and Tia at his side. He was born on February 28, 1942 in Charleston, Missouri, the son of the late Leroy and Arthur Lee (Berryhill) Davis. Earl accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age. He was married to the late Gloria Woody and to this union was born Cynthia Davis-Daniels and Michael Davis. He later married Claudette (Lynch) Davis and to this union was born Earlisha Brown and Tia Davis.
Earl took great pride in his American citizenship. He was inducted into United States Army in 1958 at Fort McClellan Army Base in Anniston, Alabama. He served as an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Earl was a Master Mason for over 40 years (a Shriner and a Free & Accepted Mason. He was a current standing member of the Wilson Lodge #12 in Marion, Indiana.
Earl, being an industrious young man, obtained his Indiana barber license at the age of 24. He worked at several locations throughout the Marion and Kokomo communities. After relocating to Kokomo in the early 1970's, he opened Davis Beauty and Barbershop. The shop's motto was "If your hair is not becoming to you...then you should be coming to me". The Davis Beauty and Barbershop was one of the first of its kind in the Kokomo area and was considered a pillar of the community; often conducting health fairs, sponsoring local activities for youth and supporting the less fortunate. People of all different backgrounds and races were welcome. Earl would greet every client with his infectious gap toothed smile that would brighten a room.
Earl's barbering profession spanned over 5 decades, including working at Grissom Air Force Base in Bunker Hill, Indiana. He was an independent contractor for Logansport Correctional Facility for over 20 years and serviced Pendleton Correctional Facility. Under Earl's tutelage, several barbers were mentored.
Earl loved his family and was the second oldest of 16 siblings. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dee & Chester and sisters Luberta & Diane. Earl is survived by his sons Michael Davis, Chris Patton, daughters Cynthia Davis-Daniels, Earlisha Brown and Tia Davis. Siblings - Brothers: Judge (Doris) Davis, Willie Joe (Sandra) Davis, Marcus (Mabelene) Davis, Rogers Davis, Leroy Jr. (Kimberly) Davis and Sisters: Dorothy Davis, Rose Davis, Chatton (Earl) Bolden, Rebecca Davis, Gloria Davis and Christina (Anthony) Davis; eight grandchildren; Michael Rogers, Myron Woods II, DonTe Jones, Marissa Davis-Dee, Madison