Sgt. Boise Davis died Sunday from a heart attack. He was 57.
A flag-draped coffin and rows of firefighters in navy blue dress uniforms represented Davis’ 29 years with the department. But the remarks Friday during his funeral at Beulah Grove Baptist Church focused more on his involvement in the community as a barber and church leader, and the time he spent at home as a husband and father to four children.
“He was a good father … but you better not talk back to him neither,” said Davis’ son, Brian Davis. “That’s the way fathers are suppose to be.”
In a ceremony that mixed personal remembrances with Scripture and soaring solos from the choir, Davis was described as man who was always keen to help somebody in need.
His neighbor of more than 20 years, Monroe Sims, said just recently a home health nurse accidentally drove into a ditch on their street. Davis went out right away to get her car back on the road, Sims said.
Sims recalled Davis as a man who always kept his hands busy with a project. In a play on words, he called Davis a “jack of all trades and master of some.”
When he wasn’t cutting hair in the back of his house, Davis was renovating a bathroom or out in the yard cutting the grass.
“Boise worked all the time,” Sims said.
Co-worker Carlton Bradley said Davis was the one he turned to when something broke. He also described him as a dependable member of the department’s honor guard.
“For all the honor you showed, we respect and honor you,” Bradley said.