November 14, 1957 - August 31, 2016
November 14, 1957 – August 31, 2016
Terry Wayne Davis passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer; he was 58 years old.
Terry was born November 14, 1957 in Gainesville, TX to Bill and Opal (Williams) Davis. The middle child of three brothers, Terry was a mischievous goofball who loved making others laugh. Terry graduated from North Mesquite High School in 1976 and then attended The University of Texas at Dallas, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting in 1980. His career took him to Frito Lay and Hoffman Pederson & McBryde before he eventually established his own accounting practice in 1993. He quickly built a loyal client base who valued his professional guidance and friendship.
Terry was a successful businessman, but his greatest accomplishment was being an amazing father to his two children, Melissa and Matt. He shared with them his love of music, sports, and travel. They even came to cherish every single one of his jokes, funny or not. Terry’s love for music was evident to all whether loudly singing along to one of his favorite songs or front and center at a concert of one of the many bands he loved. He had a particular appreciation of singer-songwriters and supported many fundraising campaigns for up and coming musicians. A life-long sports fan, Terry avidly followed his favorite Dallas teams, as well as attended Matt’s many sports games. An accomplished golfer and snow skier, he met Michele in 2010 through their mutual love of skiing.
Best known for his infectious smile and sweet spirit, Terry spent a great deal of his time helping others and living life to the fullest. Over the years Terry stayed close to many childhood friends and he was particularly close to his cousins, Steve and Carol. Terry was rich with countless good friends worth their weight in gold and he treasured his love for his family like no other.
Terry is preceded in death by his father, Bill Davis, and brother, Bret Davis. He is survived by his fiancée, Michele Shanahan; children Melissa Davis and fiancé David Rodriguez, and Matthew Davis and fiancée, Katie Green; mother Opal Cathey and husband Bill; and brother Rick Davis and wife Lorraine, along with Diane Davis, the mother of his children. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, and dear friends who meant so much to him.
Family, friends, and acquaintances are invited to join the family in remembering Terry at his memorial service on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at ‘3015 at Trinity Groves’ (3015 Gulden Lane Dallas, TX 75212) with
Visitation at 10:00 am and Service at 11:00 am. Attendees are encouraged to carpool.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Terry to make a lasting contribution towards some of the charitable organizations that held a special place in his heart:
• Special Olympics: www.specialolympics.org
• Wounded Warrior Project: www.woundedwarriorproject.org
• Prostate Cancer Foundation: www.pcf.org
Arrangements are under the direction of: ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home 10116 E. NW Highway Dallas, Texas 75238 214.340.8008