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Robert L. Davis


The funeral for Robert L. Davis will be 2 pm Thursday, June 13th at the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville, with Pastor Mark Strader officiating. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery, Belleville. Calling hours will be Thursday from 12 noon until 2pm. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Mr. Davis, 59, Co. Rt. 91 Mannsville, passed away Sunday June 9th at the Hospice Residence at the Ellis Farm, Watertown.

Bobby is survived by his wife Elaine Steele Davis; his favorite dog, Trix. Two Aunts, Jennie Davis, Watertown and Mickey Miles, Henderson. His in-laws, Eli and Rose Parish; Gay and Denny Riley, all of Adams; Larry and Cindy Gregory, Osceola; Harold and Sandy Gregory, Royal and Vicky Gregory, all of Belleville and Donald and Mary Gregory, Henderson.

Many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was born in Watertown, November 15, 1953, a son to Larry and Gladys Thompson Davis. He graduated from Belleville Central School. Bobby had several jobs over the years to include working for Charlie Forrester, John Zehr, Houghton Feeds, Jack Allen and Junior Bedor. Bobby went to work for the South Jefferson School District in the Buildings and Grounds Department in 1991, retiring in February of 2012 after 21 years.

Bobby was a member of the Don Rounds American Legion Post in Adams and enjoyed riding his four wheeler.

Robert Davis was a friend to more people than most of us can say we’ve ever had the chance to get to know. He had the kind of personality that drew people to him. He was always just out to have fun. Robert, or Bob, or Bubba, as some of his friends affectionately dubbed him, I prefer Uncle, lived his life with a ‘don’t hold back, give life everything you’ve got, drive it like you stole it’ kind of attitude. He was known for saying exactly what was on his mind regardless of the consequences; you always knew where you stood and how he felt about you – that was why most people liked him, and why just as many didn’t. He didn’t care either way, he was just happy being himself.

There were lots of things in life that made Uncle happy; his wife, his dog, his family (most of the time), his friends, his four-wheeler, and his truck, top that list. Getting more than one of those things together on any given day was cause for a celebration drink (or two or three) in Uncle’s mind. Some of my fondest memories of Uncle are doing some of these things; family bar-b-q’s with him standing over the grill cooking fireman’s chicken, tongs in one hand drink in the other; trying to see who could get who the muddiest in every water hole on every trail those four-wheelers could find; and chauffeuring him around in that big blue Ford to anywhere he could think of that he’d like to go. I’m really going to miss doing those things with him. He taught me a lot about life and myself, about doing the right thing, about laughing and sharing a laugh with the people you love, about how to get into trouble and how to get back out of it, and about being honest no matter what.

Uncle Bob may not have been a saint, but he was a good friend, a good husband, and the best uncle any niece could ever ask for. He did the best he could to take care of his family and friends and he always did it with a joke, a laugh, and lots of elbow grease. The world is going to be just a little bit dimmer without you, Uncle. I’m going to miss your quick wit and unconditional love, but I know you’re in a better place, smiling down and watching over us. I am grateful that you were such a huge part of my life, for even the short time we had together. I am a better person because of you. I love you. You will always be in my heart and I will never forget all that you have taught me.

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