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Morris W. ‘Mo’ Davis

Morris W. “Mo” Davis, 82, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014, at his residence in Franklin.

He was born May 26, 1932, in Westport to Harry E. Davis and Eunice (Morris) Davis.

He married Sue V. (Miller) Davis on Aug. 11, 1956, in Morgantown; she survives.

He was a 1950 graduate of Sand Creek High School in Westport and graduated from Franklin College in 1957. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, later serving for 25 years as head of the house advisory council. In 1984, he received the National Order of Merit Award, the fraternity’s highest recognition.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, where he served two terms as church elder and trustee and 15 years as church auditor.

Mr. Davis retired in 1989 from L.S. Ayres and Co. in Indianapolis as vice president and treasurer after 34 years of service. He then served as auditor for Howard Schultz and Associates for 12 years.

He enjoyed participating in various sports and was an avid Pacers, Colts, and Indiana University basketball fan.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Sue V. (Miller) Davis of Franklin; children, Amy J. Gartner (Tim) of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and Robert M. Davis (Nancy) of Kildeer, Illinois; grandchildren, Abby Gartner and Patrick Gartner, both of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Hanna Davis and Ben Davis, both of Kildeer, Illinois; two nieces, Virginia Allen (Greg) and Merrilynn Hamilton (Bob), both of Westport; and a nephew, James Ponsler (Mary) of Westport.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Will Gartner, on Oct. 8, 2001; his parents; and a sister, Lila Ponsler.

The Rev. Peter Jessen will conduct a service at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Madison St., Franklin. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin. Burial with military honors will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, attn.: Ministry of the Youth, 100 E. Madison St., Franklin, IN 46131.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

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