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Joe W. Davis 1945 - 2008

JOE W. DAVIS III, a resident of Dallas, Texas originally from Memphis, TN. Born January 28, 1945, passed away April 20, 2008. After graduating from Central High School in Memphis, he continued his life-long love of music through out his life. Professionally known as "Joe Jett," he was the drummer, in the mid 60's, for the nationally known Rock and Roll group the Guilloteens. The original members Joe Davis, Laddie Hutcherson, and Louis Paul made numerous appearances on popular Rock and Roll shows such as Hullabaloo, American Bandstand, Where the Action Is and Shindig. The band made three albums and received acclaim and notoriety for their hit song "I Don't Believe" He moved to Texas in the mid 70's to work with his father and brother in their stereo speaker business Davis Brothers Audio. At the time of his death in Dallas he was working in sales but still involved in music. It was no surprise that one of the first Christmas gifts to his grandson was a drum set. His survivors include son, Shawn Davis of Plano, TX; son, Michael Davis and daughter-in-law, Celeste and precious grandson, Pierce Davis of Frisco. TX; a brother, Steve Davis and sister-in-law, Betty; niece, Sonja Gail Carpenter of Grapevine, TX and cousins from Memphis Donna, Diana, Doug and Dara. There were many people who were special in his life and the family thanks them all especially the musicians in various bands throughout the years. Love and gratitude to George and Dara Klein for their support. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe W. Davis, Jr.and Mary Ann Tolson Davis. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2008, 3:30 p.m. at Restland Funeral Home - Wildwood Chapel 13005 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75382. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation or contribution to a music organization or music foundation of your choice to help keep Memphis music alive - past, present and future. "Peace be with You and with Your Spirit"

Published in The Commercial Appeal on 4/25/2008.
Joe W. Davis
Joe W. Davis
Joe The Jet Davis Once billed as The World's Fastest Drummer.
Joe "The Jet" Davis Once billed as "The World's Fastest" Drummer.