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Thurston Davis

Oliver Thurston Davis, 96, of Dunlap died in a McMinnville hospital Saturday, September 26, 2015. 

Mr. Davis graduated from Sparta High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. He was a prominent Dunlap businessman as owner and manager of Davis Brothers Seed and Livestock, builder, owner and manager of Dunlap Motel and Restaurant, member of Sequatchie County Board of Education, director of Sequatchie County Farmers Cooperative, order buyer of registered Angus Cattle for clients throughout the Southeastern United States and also assisted clients in the set-up of farm operations for pig and angus cattle production. He grew hybrid Seed Corn for the McCurdy Company, he loved to garden, growing tomatoes, corn, potatoes and yellow crook-neck squash.

Mr. Davis became a realtor-broker and appraiser of residential and commercial for banks and individuals. He was president of Upper Cumberland Development District for 5 years. He also had a patent for an adjustable shower head. He had been a Director of Citizens Tri-County Bank since 1981.

Thurston was preceded in death by four brothers, Rhea, Claude, Paul and Thurman Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Aline Sparkman Davis, Dunlap, three daughters, Diane Gillentine of Morrison, Sue Clark of McMinnville and Jill (Ralph) Smith of Tupelo, Mississippi; two grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer) Smith of Houston, Texas and Heather Smith of Tupelo, Mississippi; four great-grandchildren, Emma, Elaine, Elise and Jacob Smith; one nephew, Donald David Smith and lots of friends and business associates.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 29 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Dennis Boston and Bro. Brian Kearns officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery in Doyle. 

Pallbearers were Ben and Scott Sparkman, David Thurman, Greg Johnson, Monte McBee and Michael Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Barker and the  directors of Citizens Tri-County Bank. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Gideons.

An online guestbook is at

Ewton Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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