February 4, 2001, Sunday, Five Star Lift Edition Copyright 2001 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Inc. St. Louis Post-Dispatch February 4, 2001, Sunday, Five Star Lift Edition
(ST. LOUIS, Mo) -- Larry J. Davis, a retired St. Louis police officer and retired owner and operator of Davis Exterminating and Services, died Friday (Feb. 2, 2001) at De Paul Health Center in Bridgeton of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 64 and lived in Hazelwood for 20 years.
Mr. Davis was born in Jefferson City and attended St. John's High School in St. Louis. He joined the army after high school and began his career with the St. Louis Police Department in 1961.
Always a patrol officer, his career included assignments with the juvenile, traffic, and community relations departments and as "Officer Friendly." He retired from the department in 1981.
Mr. Davis and his wife, Glenda, operated Davis Exterminating and Services out of their home from 1967 until 1998. He was a member and past president of the St. Louis Pest Control Association.
Customers became friends, and Mr. Davis gave some a break on services if he knew they could not afford it. He accepted produce from the elderly and once came home with a payment of geese, his family said.
"He was an exterminator either way," Glenda Davis said, repeating his joke about his work in pest control and law enforcement.
In addition to his wife, survivors include four daughters, Michelle Hampton of Creve Coeur, Julie Polson of Affton, Lynda Davidson of Kent, N.Y., and Dawn Blankenship of St. Louis County; three sons, Rick Davis of St. Louis, Darren Blankenship of Bridgeton, and Josh Davis of Hazelwood; and 11 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, and the funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at Collier Funeral Home, 3400 North Lindbergh Boulevard. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or to Shriners Hospital for Children.