April 3, 1926 – June 2, 2008
Richard Read (Dick) Davison is in eternity now, having passed from this life early Monday morning, June 2, 2008. Memorial Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Bible Church.
He was born in Marlin Texas on April 3, 1926. He attended Virginia Military Academy for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving his country in the Second World War. He saw combat in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944/45 and was stationed in Nuremburg during the War Crimes Trials in 1945. In 1946 after his discharge, he returned to Texas where he enrolled at Texas Tech University and received a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1949. After graduation, he worked for Lyon Oil Company in Snyder, Texas, during which time (1951) he married the love of his life, Joy Childs, also from Marlin. In 1955, the couple and their growing family moved to Bryan where he pursued an M.S. (’58) and PhD (’62) in Chemical Engineering at Texas A-M University. He taught at Texas A-M for 45 years before retiring in 2003.
Dick was known as a teacher who did more than teach the content of his courses; his former students speak of him as a mentor and advisor, friend and example of a godly man. He was one of the founding members of Grace Bible Church in the 1960’s and was a consistent member of GBC’s Board of Elders, significantly influencing the direction and mission of the church. He was an avid reader and student of scripture, teaching various Bible studies over the years at his church. He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was a witness for Him to many lives during his days here.
Dick and Joy loved to travel and the two of them had been around the world, from India to Ecuador, the former Soviet Union to Nepal, including numerous trips to Europe. Their relationship was romantic and openly affectionate for the almost 57 years of their marriage. Their marriage was a beautiful picture of the inseparable ‘one flesh’ bond that God intended all marriages to be; their example of mutual devotion left a lasting impression on many.
Dick was larger than life to his children, who grew up on war stories, touring vacations around the U.S., and lengthy theological discussions at the supper table.
Survivors include his wife, Joy; brother, Steven of Dallas; children, Mary Joy Hinton and husband, Richard of Dallas, Dick Davison Jr. and wife, Karen of Bryan, and Julie Larson and husband, Rick of Bryan; grandchildren, Andress Koenning of Dallas, Richard III and Howard Davison of Bryan, Marion Larson of Bryan, and Elizabeth Hinton of Dallas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Timothy Trust Fund at Grace Bible Church, 700 Anderson Dr., College Station, 77840.
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