Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
William H. ‘Bill’ Davis, Jr Memorial
William H. ‘Bill’ Davis, Jr Memorial

William H. ‘Bill’ Davis, Jr

William H. ‘Bill’ Davis, Jr

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

William H. ‘Bill’ Davis, Jr., 75, a Lyman community resident, passed away on February 27, 2018 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.
Bill was born on December 14, 1942 in Jacksonville, FL, the son of Aline (Singleton) & William H. Davis, Sr. Bill was raised in Elkridge MD and attended Howard High School.
In 1961 Bill enlisted into the U.S. Navy where he traveled the world and served his country during the Vietnam Conflict. Bill’s last assignment was at NAS Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor and after his discharge in 1970 he called the Skagit Valley home, eventually settling in Lyman.
Bill continued to work in the maritime industry as a Chief Engineer on tug boats and oil derricks for over 45 years.
In 1995 Bill was united in marriage to Denise Covert in Sedro-Woolley and they made their home in Lyman. Bill enjoyed traveling to Leavenworth, WA and camping on the Oregon coast or just enjoying a good book.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bill is survived by his wife, Denise at the family home in Lyman; his children, Bette Suzanne Richards of Westminster, MD, Rebecca Davis Bailey of Federal Way, WA, Shannon Fowler (Kim) of Sedro-Woolley, WA, Shane Davis (Erika) of Lyman, Danny Hendrickson (Missy) of Sedro-Woolley, Tiffany Conley of Bellingham, WA, Aaron Hendrickson of Rohnert Park, CA and Brandi Hendrickson of Sedro-Woolley; 2 sisters, Bette O’Connor (Bill) of Owings Mill, MD and Suzie Mrozinski (Michael) of Elkridge, MD; brother, Laurie Davis (Barbara) of Columbia, MD; 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services with full Military Honors will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Lyman Cemetery. Potluck reception to follow at the Lyman Fire Hall. Services are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.


  • J.C. Mathiews

    I hope those attending Bills Funeral know that Bill not only had deep friendships in Sedro Wooly, but many other places including Texas. I hope you will endure my story about the man I knew as Bill Davis.

    Bill formed a bond with several of us in Texas, me more especially, some 20 years ago. Though miles apart, we talked every day for the last 15 years or more by phone and always discussed our lives, family, and business and world events as friends would. Moral support if you want to call it. Some might even call it Therapy.

    Bill was a Veteran and true supporter of the Red, White, and Blue. He fought for his country and the flag………he rode for the brand! He never took a knee in life and he always faced adversity head on. He served all of us and his country proudly. You always knew where you stood with Bill and I always appreciated that in a him. It’s rare to find such a person as Bill today.

    Any of you that knew Bill, knew he was a strong hearted Republican. I learned never to discuss Democrats with Bill early on. I learned and made that tragic mistake only once! In mild conversation I mention to Bill I was a Texas Democrat. Tragic mistake on my part! When the ground stoped shaking here in Texas and after a three hour lecture, numerous training sessions, and a lot of strong adverbs and a few nouns and pro-nouns in sentences………….. I felt compelled….actually obgligated….. to be a Republican! And Bill held me to that to his dying day.

    Many of my calls to Bill was to where I called it……that special second place of his…… the BHP. “Bill’s Happy Place.” His campground. I would call and ask him, “You at your BHP today?” Bill loved his camper and loved going to his favorite campground, “just up the hill” as Bill called it. When I called to talk to Bill he was either in three places; going to get firewood, unloading firewood, or at the campground. The chain only broken for the local coffee shop, for coffee and sometimes breakfast.

    For 20 years, Bill and I had many, many phone conversations. I met him through a close, now departed friend of Bill and I, and I wanted to discuss oil business issues with Bill. Bill was well versed and experienced in the oil drilling industry and helped us old Texas boys do some amazing new things through research and trial and error. He loved the oil business. And he always made us feel like his heart was in Texas!

    Bill and I talked about cowboy days of younger years, military, politics, and later in life, we always wanted to join into a business together, and actually had plans to do so. We formed and had our bucket list if you will. Unfortunately, now God has taken my friend and business partner, and I am sure God needed Bill with him for a good reason. I’m just sad it was before we got our new business accomplished.

    Bill strongly believed in his family, (his wife Denise and his children, and especially his grandchildren), his country, and God. There is no doubt where Bill is today. I/we give our condolences to his lovely wife Denise and all his family.

    The irony of life and death, ….… we live in this world only to die at the end……………………and then we die at the end……. So, we can live every after!

    Think about it.

    For us left behind this is not goodbye, but rather so-long, see-you-later, till we soon see and meet again Bill.

    J.C. Mathiews and the Texas group
    W.E. Echhart
    Rodger Terrell
    Tommy and Wanda Miller
    Don Bradshaw
    Harold Curtis

  • Bryce Fowler

    I love you Papa everyday I miss you more an more but I know your with me everyday in my heart rest in peace Papa and save us a big camping spot we’ll join you soon enough

  • Debi Covert-Bowlds

    I would love to see Bill’s campsite in Paradise. I am confident he is blissfully sitting there, enjoying Serenity. My prayers for all grieving in their own way. Love to everyone, especially my dear Sis, Denise, and grateful Bill was with us to celebrate your special birthday and your anniversary, before hitting the Road to Heaven.