John Thomas “J.T.” Davison, a Korean War veteran and resident of Durant, Oklahoma left this life on September 30th, 2020 at the age of 90. Family hour will be from 2:00 to 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 4th at the Holmes-Coffey-Murray Chapel in Durant, Oklahoma. A celebration of his life will be at 2:00 PM Monday, October 5th at the Holmes-Coffey-Murray Chapel in Durant, Oklahoma. Officiating the services will be Bro.’s Earl White, Mark McDaniel, and Rayden Whitmire. His final resting place will be at the Coleman Cemetery in Coleman, Oklahoma.
J.T. was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to William Isaac “Bill” Davison and Maudie Lee (Tipton) Davison on February 25th, 1930. He married Dorothy Jean Ellett in Denison, Texas on January 10th, 1953. Both Dorothy and J.T. graduated from Coleman High School and spent the most of their lives in the Coleman area before moving to Durant.
J.T. signed a contract to play professional baseball for the Tulsa Oilers, a farm club of the Cincinnati Reds, while in high school. Because he was under the age of 18 he was going to have to wait until the next season to get a uniform and work out with the team. Instead of waiting, J.T. felt his call for duty and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to help fight the Korean War. He was stationed at Taegu Air Base and was honorably discharged in 1952.
Shortly after the military, J.T. began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone as a Toll Repairman. This career spanned over four decades, 38 years of which he had Perfect Attendance. He spent many stormy nights on the road repairing telephone connections all over southeastern Oklahoma. For many of these years he also farmed peanuts with his beloved brother-in-law Mack and cousin Tandy. They weathered many rainy harvest seasons with good hearts and love beyond compare.
J.T. was a friendly, loving man who enjoyed gardening, puzzles, watching his grandchildren play sports, and visiting friends and family. J.T. was a dedicated member of the VFW and American Legion. He was a founding member of the ROMEO club (Retired Old Men Eating Out). He cherished this group and rarely missed a Thursday lunch with the guys.
Mr. Davison is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy; children, Greg Davison of Coleman, Oklahoma, Diane Haynie and husband John of Kenefic, Oklahoma, Gary Davison and wife Belinda of Caddo, Oklahoma, Grant Davison and wife Tryna of Coleman, Oklahoma, Scott Davison and wife Christine of Durant, Oklahoma, Kyle Davison and wife Stephanie of Durant, Oklahoma; special niece Kathy Carpenter and husband Dan of Silo; grandchildren Whitney Landrum, Michael Haynie, Heather Goggans, Erin Knight, Ryan Davison, Kathryn Davison, Kayla Whitmire, Kristen Davison, Jonathan Davison, Tre Harper, Shayla Harper, Andy Jones, Laura Wheeler, Josh Davison, and Tyler Shade; and 6 great grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Josh Davison, Jonathan Davison, Tre Harper, Michael Wheeler, Tyler Shade, and Jerry Whitmire. Alternate pallbearers will be Steve Anderson, James Clifton and Andy Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the ROMEO club and past and present members of the Durant Fire Department.
Mr. Davison was preceded in death by his parents and son, Kent Davison.
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