Loy Davis, 70, of the Pierce community died Thursday, May 13, 1993, at Taylor County Hospital. Davis was very widely known for his interest in mules and his association with the mule show at the Kentucky State Fair and Horse Show. For many years he served as superintendent of the Mule Show at the State Fair and worked tirelessly each year, living in the barn with the mules and during show times, overseeing the presentation of the best of the mules to the waiting crowd. It was because of him that the Mule Show was introduced to the program at the Green County Fair, according to Bill Taylor who worked with Davis at the county and state fair until declining health forced Davis to retire from the mule show business. Davis had raised mules for many years and developed an intense interest in the strange animal. He had been to many mule shows before he finally succeeded in bringing the popular attraction to the local fair approximately 30 years ago. In addition to his long years of service with the Mule Show, he maintained interest in the entire county fair as well and served as Green County Fair Board vice president and president. It is fitting that the 1993 Green County Fair catalog is dedicated to Loy Davis. An important tradition in connection with the local mule show was established and maintained by Davis and his wife, Vechie. Each year the exhibitors and their families would gather before the show at the park for a meal prepared for them by Vechie and Loy. It was due to such dedication that the show attracted people and mules from across Kentucky as well as Tennessee, Missouri and West Virginia. Davis was a veteran of World War II and an active member of Rod Lowe Post 124. He served one year as vice commander and two years as commander. An American flag which flies across the road from his home was lowered to half-staff the day of his funeral. He and his wife were instrumental in developing Memorial Plot at Legion Park, an area where a white cross was placed in memory of each Green County person who died in a war. By occupation, Davis was a barber and had chairs at Perkins' Barber Shop in Greensburg and Elmer Davis' Store in Pierce. He retired a few years ago, leaving his last shop, one he built and furnished in the front of his home in the center of Pierce.
Loy Ernest Davis was born in Green County on October 2, 1922, the son of the late Luther B. and Lou Ella Price Davis. He died May 13,1993. On August 23, 1945, he married Vechie F. Bishop, who survives. He is also survived by a son, Elmer Lewis Davis; three grandchildren, Pam Davis Perkins, Melissa Dawn Davis and Patrick Lewis Davis; two great grandchildren, Amanda and Ashley Perkins, all of Green County. One son, Dwight Douglas Davis, preceded him in death on June 13, 1970. A brother, Eural B. Davis, Green County, also survives. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 15, at Warren F. Toler Funeral Home with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Norman L. Douglas and the Rev. Carlos Compton officiated, Active pallbearers were Ray Davis, Robert Davis, Dennis Davis, Marshel Davis, Bruner Judd, Curtis Gene Atwell And James Clark. Honorary pallbearers were Sonny Pickett, Arnold Bishop, Clavis Judd, Merrill Thompson, L.C. Mars and Cutler Davis.
Obituaries of Green Co. Ky. Vol. 7, compiled by Eunice Montgomery Wright, p. 66
Kentucky Vital Records Index, cd's
DAVIS, LOY E; 2 Oct 1922; GREEN; mother PRICE ELLA
OAK GROVE SEPARATE BAPTIST CHURCH (Red) CEMETERY
Located just off of the Grab Road between KY 88 & Ky 1464; transcribed by Bill Clark
Davis, Loy E. Oct 2, 1992 - May 13, 1993 WWII (son of Luther B. & Lou Ellen Price Davis)
Davis, Vechie F. (dau of Johnny Green â€œ Budâ€ & Viola Shuffett Bishop)
Kentucky Death Index, rootsweb
DAVIS, LOY E; age 070; death place TAYLOR; residence GREEN; death date 13 May 1993