James “Jim” Luther Davidson, 86, of Friendswood, passed away on September 13, 2017. Jim was born on April 10, 1931 in Chickasha, Oklahoma to parents William L. and Rebecca (Hefner) Davidson.
Jim is survived by wife Helen, and daughters, Janet Hatfield and husband Jeff; Julie Matney and husband Ron; sons, Jimmy Davidson and wife Janice and Jeff Davidson and wife Donna; sister Florence Spears; brothers, Calvin Davidson and Lawrence Davidson; grandchildren, Chris Hart, Eric Hart, Chris Tyre, Lisa Tyre, Michelle Edge, Kelli Tenny, Kristina Davidson, Johanna McWilliams, and Janell Amy Franks; numerous nieces, nephews, great grandchildren and other loving family members and friends.
Jim started work at 10 years old as a bicycle delivery boy delivering bread and pastries. At 12, he worked at a local hamburger joint for Clarence Webb, where he was required to figure the tabs in his head. He also began to barter and trade things on the side, once trading his first form of transportation, a mule, and a little bit of cash for his first vehicle, a Model A Ford. He attended school at Saint Joseph's Academy, finishing one year early, he graduated valedictorian on his class. He then worked for a railroad on a track maintaince crew. He married Joan Pilllers on June 21, 1950. They moved to Houston to be near Joan's parents. He found work at Hugh's tool as a machinest. During a down turn in oil, he was laid off and began working for the City of Webster in their maintaince department. Established in Webster, he made life-long friends with the Myers and Vickers families. That bond remains to this day and can be desbribed as family. As small nearby towns grew, he went to work in municiple utility districts as a water man. Sometimes worker, sometimes boss. He finished his career with Gulf Coast Authority in charge of the Blackhawk Waste Treatment Plant. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Another significant deal he brokered at an early age was the purchase of 40 acres in the hills of Oklahoma. There, he and the family spent many years of camping. Preparing for retirement, he built a small mountain home, where Joan's ashes were eventually laid to rest in 1997. His hobbies included model trains, making jewelry, rough ceramics, leather work, wood-working, videography and photography. It wasn't a family gathering if Jim hadn't taken a picture of everyone. His favorite place to eat was over the kitchen sink. For relaxation, he would work on brain-teasers. On Sunday afternoons, family would gather for dinner at the house in Friendswood. Everyone knew it was time to go home when he would put on his pajamas and brought out the “penny digging can” for the grandkids. Another interest he had, was avaition. He would often take the family to watch the planes take off and land, and at times they would take airplane rides over the Gulf Coast region. He even helped one of his grandsons take flying lessons. In 1999, he married Helen Burtschi. One of their interests were watching ships come in at Seawolf Park. Jim was an exceptional story teller. He would often recount instances from times past and present them in humorous and interesting ways. He was always ready for a good joke and would usually counter with an even better one. He was respected in business, loved by his family he will be greatly missed.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the Davidson family on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Jeter Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor Joe Schwenk.
Condolences may be sent to the Davidson family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.