Feb. 17, 1910 – March 3, 2013
Leon Davis Sr., a retired laborer, died Sunday in Niagara Lutheran Home. He was 103.
Born in Amite County, Miss., he moved with his family to Gloster, Woodville and Centreville, Miss., where he went to school.
Before he moved to Buffalo in 1948, Mr. Davis worked at various jobs, including in a sawmill in Cosby, Miss., and a steel plant in Gary, Ind.
When he came to Buffalo, he found work as a bricklayer at the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna and continued to work there for 30 years until he retired in May 1972.
Mr. Davis enjoyed getting up early and walking from his Masten Avenue home to meet friends at a favorite spot at Jefferson Avenue and East Utica Street. After that, he would head to the 1490 Community Center for many years.
He moved into senior apartments of 1490 Enterprises, where he lived until he was 97 years old. He then moved into the Niagara Lutheran Assisted Living Center and then to Niagara Lutheran Home.
Mr. Davis was an avid baseball fan, especially of the New York Yankees. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.
His first wife, Margaret Stewart Davis, died in September 1944.
He married Addie B. Turner in August 1955. She died in December 1984.
Surviving are two sons, Leon Jr. and Jeffrey Murray, and a daughter, Bessie Carr.
Services will be at noon Friday in Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 657 Best St.