Mr. Thomas E. Davis Jr., 93, of Milnesand, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
He was born on Nov. 24, 1910, in Lavaca, Ark., to Mary Emily and Thomas Edward Davis Sr.
His family moved to Milnesand in 1915, when he was a child. He attended grade school at Eagle Hill and graduated from Elida High School. He attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, graduating in 1934 with a degree in range science. He began working for the Bureau of Land Management until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, where he served in Burma. Upon being discharged, he returned to work for the Bureau of Land Management. In 1957, he retired and returned to Milnesand to take over operation of Eagle Hill Ranch. He ranched for many years with his brothers and later with his nephew. He had served on the Border Soil And Water Conservation Board and was a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. He continued ranching until 1998, when his health began to fail. Family members said his hobbies included ranching, hunting, fishing and the outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Paul Davis and Howard Davis.
Survivors include a nephew, Tom Davis (and wife, Sharon) of Portales; a sister-in-law, Maguette Davis; and great-nieces and nephews, Chad and Rebecca Davis and Micah and Peter Thompson.
Matt Rush and Bryan Loughmiller will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be his friends.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.