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Lampasas man celebrates 100th birthday

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Posted at 10:23 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 23:23:44-04

LAMPASAS, TX — A Lampasas man has reached an incredible milestone. Lloyd Earl "Dave" Davis was honored by the City and police department on his 100th birthday.

Davis was born on May 28, 1920 in Bartlett, Texas. He was a student at the University of Texas when World War II broke out. He then left school to volunteer for the U.S. Army Air Corps, now known as the United States Air Force.

It was at UT where he met the love of his life, Lampasas-native Rebecca Abney "Bit" Davis.

Davis served as an instructional pilot in Greenville, South Carolina, and was deployed to the South Pacific for over 18 months. He served as a B-25 Bomber Pilot and Squadron Commander of the 69th Bomb Squadron of the 13th Air Force, ultimately flying 77 combat missions.

In 1944, he returned home and was stationed in San Antonio. Two years later, he was honorably discharged from the Air Force with the Rank of Major.

Davis then moved to Austin to finish his education, graduating with honors from UT in 1949 with a Bachelor's of Business degree.

After graduation, he and his wife moved to Lampasas, where he worked for his father-in-law at the People's National Bank in Lampasas. He eventually became President and Chairman of the Board.

Davis retired in 1979.

May 28, 2020, was proclaimed "L.E. Davis Day" in the City of Lampasas. Davis was honored with a parade featuring the Lampasas Police Department and his proclamation.