John Edward Davis, Jr. “Papa John”
John E. Davis, Jr., 81, of Westwood, Kansas, died October 30, 2010 at the Kansas City Hospice House. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 1 pm at the Old Mission United Methodist Church. In lieu of lowers, please send memorial donations to the John E. Davis Memorial Fund for Scholarships at Shawnee Mission South High School, 5800 W.107th St., Shawnee Mission, KS 66207, Attn. A.D. John Johnson.
John was born November 21, 1928 in Franklinton, LA to John and Joyce Burch Davis. He was married to Roberta Armstrong Davis for 59 years and she preceded him in death by 34 days. John was the head football coach at SM South from 1966 – 1985 and retired from teaching in 1994. He had two undefeated teams that won State Championships in 1973 and 1975.
John is survived by his son, Mitch Davis of Scottsdale, AZ, two grandchildren, Kayla and Ryan Davis also of Scottsdale and his sister-in-law, Barbara Simmons of Tulsa, OK. John’s life was devoted to his wife, his son, his grandchildren and his passion for coaching. He was loved and will be missed dearly by his family. He was respected by all who knew him and especially by the players he coached.