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Ben E. Davis
© Cheyenne Star
14 Jan 2007
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Ben E. Davis was born in Memphis, Texas on December 2, 1938 and lived his younger life in Hall County, Texas.

His first job was as a butcher, later an auto mechanic with his own shop.

He married Jeanette Pepper on July 7, 1972 in Memphis, Texas.

In September 1977 they moved to Hammon, Oklahoma, and he started his career as a Ford salesman. Soon he became General Manager, a position he held for nearly 3 years.

Ben was a member of the 330-500 sales club, which is a prestigious organization that requires a certain sales quota to belong.

He was instrumental in winning numerous sales contests for Red Johnson Ford. He was awarded many trips but declined to take some of them because he always wanted to be at work if one of his customers came in. To Ben , the customers were always more important than any award he could win for himself. He believed in making customers of all your friends and making friends of all your customers.

Ben was a key reason Red Johnson Ford won numerous Ford President's Awards which is the highest award Ford gives to dealers annually; Ben himself in knowing his product. He loved Fords and he loved selling them-or he could go to the shop and work on a vehicle for a customer if no one else was available. His customers knew that and that is why they enjoyed doing business with him.

The last few years people got to know Ben through his gunsmithing skills. He was known as the best gunsmith in western Oklahoma. He worked on lots of guns including some very high dollar guns for lots of collectors.

He was highly respected by his peer group of other dealers and salesmen which was proven by the numerous calls from them over the past year to inquire about his health.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bennett Davis in 1973; and his brother, Don Davis in 2006.

Survivors include his wife Jeanette of Hammon; one daughter, Sheri Dixon and husband Jim of Memphis, Texas; and one son, Sheldon of Yukon, Oklahoma; his sister, Joye Jouett of Esteling, Texas; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The world didn't need to lose Ben E. - - the world needs more Ben E.'s - - We will truly miss him. - - Red Johnson Ford.

Services for Ben E. Davis, 68, of Hammon, Oklahoma will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2007 at the Church of Christ in Memphis, Texas with Tom Anderson officiating.

Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Memphis, Texas.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hughs Funeral Home in Memphis, Texas.

Mr. Davis passed away on Friday, January 12, 2007 in Hammon, Oklahoma.

He was born on December 02, 1938 in Memphis, Texas to the late Mr. Trilton Tynus Davis and Mrs. Faye Louise Moore Davis.

He was raised in Hall county. The first job he held was as a butcher.

Over the years he worked as an auto mechanic and a Ford salesman. He also taught auto mechanics in Memphis.

He married Jeanette Pepper on July 7, 1972 in Memphis. They moved to Hammon, Oklahoma in 1977, where he worked for Red Johnson Ford, Inc. for 28 years. One of his accomplishments while working there was the award for "Winning the World Over 1987 4th Quarter Sales Challenge."

Mr. Davis was a member of the Memphis Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Bennett Davis in 1973 and a brother, Don Davis in 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, of Hammon, Oklahoma; one daughter, Sheri Dixon and husband Jim of Memphis, Texas; one son, Sheldon Davis of Yukon, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Heather Saenz of Wheeler, Texas; Ashley Dixon of Canyon, Texas; and Mason and Kale Dale of Hinton, Oklahoma; one great grandchild, Landon; one sister, Joye Jouett of Estelline, Texas; many nieces, nephews and a host of special friends.

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