Jimmy Ray Davis was born to Willie and Millie Wallace in Luther, Oklahoma on April 2, 1954.
He was a student of the Luther School system. He was baptized as a young adult.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Millie Wallace, brothers Frank, John, and Richard Cotton, Earnest and Orville “Orvy” Davis, and sisters, Henrietta Wafford and Evalena Longmire.
Jimmy worked as a professional cement finisher for 41 years before he retired. He took great pride in his work and would point out buildings for which he had laid the foundations. His job often took him to different states, giving him the opportunity to travel.
He was known for a “fly” Jheri curl and driving a motorcycle in his younger years. He finally retired the motorcycle giving his mother a great sigh of relief. He was in great physical shape for the vast majority of his life and in his later years could be seen riding a bicycle around Oklahoma City.
He enjoyed football (the Kansas City Chiefs) and was an avid lover of different types of music including R & B and soft rock. He was known to turn up his speakers when the intro to “Miami Vice” came on and dance. Among his favorite movies were “The Last Starfighter” and “Full Metal Jacket.” He was a country boy through and through and would call his daughter simply to tell her to look outside at a full moon.
Jimmy is survived by his two children: daughter, Sharri Peteet (Anita) of Midwest City, and son, Jermale Benjamin (Debbie) of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Lorene Parish of Wichita, Kansas and Carletta Hardimon of Moore, Oklahoma; one brother Gene Davis (Gloria “Patsy”) of Grand Prairie, Texas; several grandchildren, and a host of nephews and nieces. And, although he and Anita never married, her family became his honorary family.