Davis, Raymond "Ray Lee" Lee

Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Elmwood Cemetery, Lonedell, MO

Memorials / Donations:
Children's Adovcacy Center of East Central, MO


Raymond Lee Davis, known to most as “Ray Lee”, of Richwoods, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on January 30, 2014, having reached the age of seventy years, seven months and twenty-four days. Ray Lee was born in Lonedell, MO on June 6, 1943, son of James Lee Davis and Delma Davis nee Hensley. As a young man he was married and blessed to have four children.

Ray Lee is survived by his children, Stacy Burns and husband, David, of Sullivan, MO, Jenny Ulrich and husband, Jeff, of Lonedell, MO, Amy Thurmond and husband, Troy, of Sullivan, and Andrew Davis and girlfriend, Emily Rudolph, of Lonedell; by one step-brother, Joe Davis and wife, Rita, of St. Clair, MO; by one brother-in-law, George Stahlman of Potosi, MO; by eight grandchildren, Elli Brant, Joshua Burns and Jacob Burns of Sullivan, Jenna and Madison Ulrich of Lonedell and Maycee Goings, Isabella Thurmond and Brooklyn Thurmond of Sullivan; by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Ray Lee was preceded in death by his parents, James and Delma Davis; by two brothers, Bill Davis and James “Butch” Davis; and by his sister, Carolyn Stahlman.

Ray Lee was honored to have served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, entering on April 22, 1965 and receiving his honorable discharge on April 21, 1967, having attained the rank of SP5. He was proud of having the skill to serve as a sharpshooter. Since 1974 he owned and operated Davis Excavating, working on many projects throughout the area. He had previously been employed by Landmark Excavating in St. Louis, MO. Ray Lee had a variety of interests throughout his life including building log cabins and “jeep riding in the woods”. He loved spending time outdoors and enjoyed the simpler things in life. He also loved to drink coffee on the deck of his home, race cars and ride and race motorcycles, especially dirt bikes. Ray was a kind man and was always willing to lend a hand to others. What meant most to him was the time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live in their hearts forever.

A kind and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. John Pursley officiating. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery in Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central MO.