Homer T. Davis, a long time Troy resident, passed away Aug. 14, 2017. Homer enjoyed 101 years of interesting living. He was born on Barker’s Creek in North Carolina on June 7, 1916 where he learned the art of moonshining. In 1935, he left home in a 1928 Chevrolet that was packed with six other people for his first road trip of many to Washington. After a short career in logging in Washington, he moved on to Centennial Valley in Montana to deliver mail and then worked around Dillon as a supplier to sheep herders.
When World War two commenced, he joined the Army in 1940 and served as an MP in Monterrey where he met his future wife, Adeline, before shipping overseas to the European theater to direct traffic in the war zone. After his discharge in 1945 with a Good Conduct Medal and two Bronze Stars, he returned to North Carolina and then went to California where he married Adeline, fathered a son, Homer Jr., and five years later a daughter, Sandra.
After trucking a short while in Los Angeles, the urge to return to Montana overcame him. He ranched and later bartended in Dunk Chisholm’s bar in Jordan. Managing bars became his employment until retirement. He was owner of the Halfway House with brother Lee and then after selling the Halfway House, moved on to manage the VFW in Troy and later the one in Whitefish.
Shortly after retiring from the Whitefish VFW, he moved to Alaska to spend a winter and a summer before returning to Montana. He spent one more summer in Alaska digging for gold and then returned to Troy and spent most of his remaining years near the Halfway House owned by Billy Joe, his best friend and nephew. He enjoyed camping on the Yaak, especially on Pete Creek, with his foster children, Bruce and Tony and their families. Near Pete Creek, he has a campground named in his honor. Also, by this time he had perfected his stories about his youth in North Carolina, his days in the Army, and his bartending days in Troy and dearly loved sharing them with family and friends. During this time, his moonshine skills were revived, which he used to brew more than a few batches of his treasured grandpa Davis’ “recipe.”
Surviving immediate family are Sandra and her husband, Doug Dasher, of New Mexico; Homer Jr. and Maggie Davis of Montana; Tony and Edamae Davis of Montana; Bruce and Natalie Davis of North Dakota; Billy Joe Davis; grandchildren Melissa Gloria, Josh Davis, Keshia Holt, April and Mindy Dixon; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Homer T, your stories, your humor and your moonshine will be sorely missed by many.
Services for Homer were held 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at the Troy Church of God. Arrangements were under the care of Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home of Libby.
Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.schnackenbergfh.com.
Submitted by Schnackenberg & Nelson Funeral Home