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Gene Davis MAJOR W.E. "GENE" DAVIS, 71, passed away Sept. 3, 2012 in Wichita Falls, TX. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Iowa Park. Gene was born October 15, 1940 in Banty, OK, to Claude Lee and Florence Ethel Hendrix Davis. He graduated in 1959 from Big Pasture High School in Randlett, TX. Gene served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1960– 1963. Following his release from the Marines, Gene joined the Wichita Falls Police Department in 1964 which began an illustrious 33 year career. In 1965, Gene and Celia Jimenez (RHS-1961) were married on his birthday in Wichita Falls. During his tenure with the W.F.P.D., Gene attended the DEA School in 1972, graduated Cum Laude from Midwestern State University with his degree in Criminal Justice in 1977. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1979, and later attended the Dept. of Treasury U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar in 1982. Gene started in the force as a patrolman, was promoted to Sergeant in 1973, to Captain in 1977, and was then promoted to Major in 1983. Along with Chief Curtis Harrelson, Gene was instrumental in establishing the Narcotics and Traffic division in Wichita Falls, and in organizing the W.F.P.D. Motor- cycle Unit. Gene retired from the Police Dept. in 1997. Gene was a devoted Christian. He was a longtime member of Lamar Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and taught men’s Sunday school. He was now a member of First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls. Gene’s grandchildren were the light of his life. He loved spending time with friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Florence Davis, and his brother, Freddie Davis. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Celia Davis of Wichita Falls, his daughter, Kimberly Davis of Wichita Falls, 3 sisters, Mildred Mead of Llano, TX, Ruthie Kirkpatrick of Randlett, OK, and Pat Conway of Eufaula, OK, 1 brother, Dickie Davis of Randlett, OK, and 3 grandchildren, Brantley Nelson, Alexandria Nelson, and Benjamin Nelson.