Clayton (Tom) T. Davis, 90, of Davis Corners Road, Morrisville, NY, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.
Tom, as he was best known, was born March 12, 1926, in Peterboro, son of the late Charles L. Davis and Iva Leah Fuller. He grew up on the family farm at Davis Corners Road, and graduated Morrisville High School in 1944. While in high school, Tom served in the Madison County Guard and went on to serve in the US Army in 1946-47 first as a cadreman and then as a medic. In 1948, he married Lenore Sylvia Webber and moved to Chicago to work at Armour in the meatpacking division for a short while before returning home to begin working at a couple of local machine shops. Not long after that, he began working at the Morrisville Post Office where he served for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1983, the last five years of which he served as postmaster. In addition to working at the post office, he fixed and sold Zenith televisions for many years, including some of the first color TVs. During his retirement Tom made rubber stamps along with setting voting machines and woodworking making exotic wood pens, clocks, hourglasses, music boxes, and other small wooden containers and objects. He was known by many to distribute his handmade pens to doctors and nurses alike whenever he had a hospital stay. His family would say that he was able to fix anything and keep things going for many years well beyond its normal life span, something he prided himself in.
Tom was predeceased by a daughter Susan Jane Davis and a sister Betty Jane Maurer Nielsen. He is survived by his wife Lenore (Kouk, as she is also known) of Morrisville; a sister Mary Todd of Summerville, SC; his daughter and son-in-law Helen and John Payne of Lebanon; two grandsons along with their wives and children Shawn, Crystal, Sarah and Emily Payne of Eaton, and Aaron, Devon and Gage Payne of Manheim, PA; along with several nieces, nephews, and other family members.
Funeral services and interment in the Morrisville Rural Cemetery will be private at the convenience of his family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in his memory to either the Crouse Community Center or the Smithfield Eaton Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 31 Cedar St., Morrisville, NY.