March 12, 2014
Billy Ray Davis passed away on March 6, 2014, at his home with his loving family around him after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 57.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at St. Canice Church in Nevada City, Calif.
He was born Dec. 28, 1956, at Rapid City, S.D., to Raymond L. and Jean (Branough) Davis. He was raised and schooled at Belle Fourche, S.D., graduating from high school with the class of 1975. While in high school. he worked at the Tri State Bakery and after graduation at the American Colloid at Colony, Wyo., until moving to California in 1979, driving the old pickup he worked on in mechanics class.
He worked at Robinson Timber for 17 yrs and the County of Nevada Department of Transportation for 16 years.
He married Annette Conner on Oct. 10, 1981, at St Canice Church in Nevada City. They enjoyed traveling, camping, wine tasting and life! Billy thoroughly enjoyed teasing and practical jokes with his family, grandkids and friends.
Billy is survived by his wife, Annette Davis of Nevada City; daughter, Chrissy (Jon) Patrick of Roseville, Calif.; son, Brian (Myrsa) Davis of Grass Valley, Calif.; grandchildren Kinsley. Lilly, Jered, Mika, Kaleb and Nolan; mother and stepfather, Jean (Marvin) Sneesby of Whitewood, S.D.; sisters Joddy (Peter) Tiemann of Reardon, Wash., Suzan (Clay) Smith of Grass Valley and Jully Davis of South Dakota; brother, Wesley Davis of Grass Valley, Calif.;
stepbrothers and sisters Brett, Richard, Kenneth and Brenda of South Dakota and Cheryl of California; numerous nieces and nephews; and aunt, Helen Alden of Sturgis, S.D.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond; in-laws Robert and Elizabeth Conner; grandparents; and stepbrothers Michael and David.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be sent to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley.
Thank you for our families’ love and support. To Dr. Jeffery Frost, Dr. David Campbell, Dr. Richard Evans, the SNMH nurses and hospitalists, thank you for your caring and professional care. Thank you to Dr. Kristen Ganjoo and her team at the Stanford Cancer Center for always having “options” and Hospice of The Foothills for making it “possible” at home.
Arrangements are under the care of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.