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Phillip M. Davis

April 9, 2014

Phillip M. Davis, 72, of Tull, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014.  He was born in Tull on Sept. 5, 1941, and was the son of the late Walton and Belva Davis of Tull.
Phil was a graduate of Henderson State Teachers College with a degree in psychology.  He worked in the area of human resources and strategic planning for Sperry Remington and Owatonna Tool Co. of Searcy and Mark IV Corp. and Plano Bank & Trust in Plano, Texas.
He served as president of United Way in Camden and Searcy, Ark., and Plano, Texas. 
Phil started a sheltered workshop in Camden in the 1970s for the disabled and was involved in many charitable organizations through the years.
He was is a member of the Central Arkansas Corvette Club and was a passionate Corvette enthusiast. He cherished the friendship of fellow club members.
Phil was retired from the Air National Guard as a senior master sergeant. He won several awards through the years in public speaking and leadership. Phil taught courses at the PMEC-Professional Military Education Center in Knoxville, Tenn., and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Phil was a member of Antioch Christian Church of Tull, where he was an elder and a lay speaker. He dearly loved his brothers and sisters in Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Milton Davis. 
Phil is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margie Rinehart Davis; one daughter, Malea Oliver (David) of Searcy; one son, Matt Davis (Laura) of Maumelle; four grandchildren, McKenna and Braden Oliver of Searcy and Kameron and Carter Davis of Maumelle, all of whom will cherish his memory forever; two sisters-in-law, Audrey Davis Gillis (Jim) of Dallas and Rita Nickels (Charles) of Arkadelphia; a brother-in-law, Keith Rinehart (Joanne) of Hot Springs Village; six nephews; and several aunts and cousins.
A celebration of Phil’s life will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton..
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorials be made to Ebenezer Cemetery, American Cancer Society or Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com. 
Family comments:  A special thanks to Hospice of Arkansas-caregivers Marilyn, Edwina and multiple RN's-as well as Dr. Thomas Sneed for his excellent care.

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