LEE OTIS DAVIS, 81,



Oneonta, died Sept. 17, 2013, at Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham. He was predeceased by parents Otis Lowell and Ruby Lee Robertson Davis; brother Paul Davis; and sister Jamie Lou Graves.

Surviving are devoted wife Betty Y. Davis; daughter Redonia Davis, Oneonta; son Phillip Lee (Linda) Davis, Athens; grandchildren Emily (Michael) McPherson, Trussville, Amy Lee (Corley) Phillips, Altoona, Ashley (M.J.) Weeks, Athens, Airman First Class Jon Martinez, Barksdale AFB, La.; great-grandchildren Miranda Lee and Ada McPherson; Michael Weeks, Arian Phillips; sisters Betty (Doyle) Horton, Cleveland, and Maxine Lusher, Cleveland; brothers Jesse (Mary) Davis, Cleveland, and Johnny (Kay) Davis; special cousin Wayne (Kathy) Davis, Franklin, Tenn.

Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He studied drafting at Snead State Junior College and worked with the Blount County Engineers Office designing roads and bridges. He began a career at the U.S. Postal Service as a ‘walker’ until he was appointed by U.S. Congressman Tom Bevill in 1961 to become a rural route carrier. When Mr. Davis retired in December 1995, he had carried mail to every route in Oneonta.

In 1959, he began drawing house plans from his kitchen table and established Davis House Plans. Each day he would come home from his mail route and draw plans; from kitchen table to a small room in his home, then in the early 1970s he moved to an office he occupied until his death. He took pride in each plan and won awards for design at the Birmingham Parade of Homes. He drew house plans for 54 years, his last earlier this year.

He cared deeply for his family and was devoted to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A kind and compassionate man, he enjoyed NASCAR racing, coffee with the men, travel with friends, and trips with his church. He was a member/officer of the Oneonta Jaycees in his early years, a longtime member of the Rural Letter Carriers Association, a member of the Blount County Home Builders Association serving as Treasurer for many years, a member of the National Home Builders Association, and a member of Oneonta First Baptist Church.

Larry Gipson and Dan Sims officiated the 11 a.m. service held at Oneonta First Baptist Church. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery with Ralph Young Jr., Greg Owen, Brian Weems, Michael McPherson, M.J. Weeks, and Airman First Class Jon Martinez serving as pallbearers.