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Richard Keith Davis, Sr., M.D.

Louann, AR, 1957 - 2021

Richard Keith Davis, Sr., M.D., 63, of Smackover, went to his eternal home on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.
Born March 20, 1957, he was the son of James Robert and Sylvia Columbus Davis in Little Rock. Dr. Davis was a member of Maple Avenue Baptist Church in Smackover, along with Mallard Bayou Duck Club, 3D Deer Camp, Oaklawn Jockey Club, Board of Smackover State Bank, American Chemistry Council and Phosgene Medical Task Force in Washington D.C. Dr. Davis was the company doctor for many years to Clean Harbors, El Dorado Chemical, Lanxess Corporation and multiple small companies. He was the Medical Director for Elite Home Health.
Preceding him in death, along with his father, was one brother, James Thomas Davis.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years Sheila Davis; two sons, Dr. Richard Keith Davis, Jr., and his wife Dr. Jennifer Davis of Smackover; and Steven Robert Davis and his wife Katie Davis of Smackover. Surviving grandchildren are three granddaughters, Courtney, Haley and Isabella "Izzy"; and great-grandson, Lennon Davis. Dr. Davis is also survived by a brother, Michael Steven Davis and his wife Denise of Sherwood, Ark.; and a sister, Lori Wallace and husband Robert of Leesville, La., along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Dr. Davis did his undergraduate study at Hendrix College and University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock in 1983. He completed his family practice residency at AHEC in El Dorado in 1986. He then began his 34 years of practice at Smackover Family Practice Clinic where he served our community as the epitome of a small town country doctor. He used his great intelligence along with his big heart and compassion to treat his patients like family. He saved numerous lives and touched thousands.
Doc was a lover of outdoors. Hunting and fishing with his family and friends was a big part of his life. He loved camping with his family, especially his granddaughters. He loved the art of thoroughbred horse racing. He raced, owned and bred horses at one time. He was also an excellent chef, who loved creating specialty dishes. However, his greatest love of all was his family. Nothing could compare to spending time with his sons, granddaughters and his new great grandson. His greatest accomplishment was accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. His family has the assurance that he is in the presence of the Almighty Lord.
Public viewing for friends and family will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, at Maple Avenue Baptist Church in Smackover. The Davis family asks that pandemic precautions be observed by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing for those that are well enough to attend.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021, Maple Avenue Baptist Church with Dr. Benji McCann officiating. Interment will follow in Smackover Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors. We are honoring him with his favorite camo attire. Please dress however you are comfortable.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), 9601 Baptist Health Dr., Little Rock, Ark., 72205, Hanna Pregnancy Center, 101 W. Main St. Suite 201, El Dorado, Ark., 71730 or Samaritan's Purse, %Immanuel Baptist Church, 3209 W. Hillsboro St., El Dorado, Ark., 71730.
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Published January 14, 2021

Young's Funeral Directors
508 Champagnolle Road, El Dorado, AR
Phone: 870-863-7121