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Mr. Thad Eugene DavisThad E. Davis, 84, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at the Pickering House. He was born June 17, 1927 in New Holland, Ohio and was the son of the late Edgar W. and Edith (Byers) Davis. He was a member of Sixth Ave. Methodist Church and Olivedale Senior Citizens. Thad was an avid runner who ran in 698 competitive races and 16 marathons. An impressive feat considering he didn't start running until age 48. In 1975 he started the Amanda Five Miler, the first road race in Fairfield County. For over 20 years he along with others carried the torch from Lancaster to Amanda at the opening ceremonies for the Amanda Special Olympics. The Thad Davis Relays were organized in 1995 at the Amanda Clearcreek High School and is held anually every spring. In 2007, at age 80, he was a national medal winner in the 5K at the National Senior Olympics in Louisville, Kentucky.
Thad is survived by his children, Sandy Smith of Lancaster, Dr. Tom (Vickie) Davis of Stewart, Ohio and Dan (Melissa) Davis of Chardon, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Michelle, Erin, Matt, Alison, Olivia, Randon, Rustin and Ronald; four great grandchildren, Cassie, Drew, Libby and Jake and one great great granddaughter, Lily; three sisters, Mary King of Mt. Sterling, Betty Wilson and Shirley (Leroy) Mowery both of Lancaster; very special friend, Ruth Watson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Davis and three brothers, Robert, John and Joe Davis.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME in Amanda with Pastor Rick Jones officiating. Burial will be in Amanda Twp. Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m Thursday and 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Amanda Clearcreek Endowment Fund in Thad's memory.
Thad was a wonderful person,that I was priveledged to have known. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his family and their families. May God watch over and Bless all. Ginger and Mark Vannoy, of Amanda.
Ginger Leigh Vannoy - January 06, 2012 at 08:32 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Thad was a wonderful encouraging person, just like his wife Louise. They were so supportive of the running community and started the Amanda Five Miler, one of the most popular summer races in Central Ohio. We will miss Thad's enthusiasm and kindness, he was one of a kind. I'm glad it was through his running and encouragement that we got to know him and experience his wonderful spirit.
Dave and Stephanie Agosta, Granville, Ohio
Stephanie Agosta - December 29, 2011 at 09:25 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Sharing our love of running and family has been on going with Thad for over 30 years. He was instrumental in the development of many great runners by his support and words of encouragement. As I look back on all of the years, I remember Thad as a mentor as I tried to emulate his words and works in my life. God and family was number one, running number two. I am saddened that I can not be there to support the family. Love you Thad my dear friend.
Phillip Freeland - December 29, 2011 at 05:08 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
To the family of Thad Davis. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Thad was such a wonderful person and family man. I have been a runner for 34 years and have been in many races with Thad. During our races, all I could see of him was the back of his head. I enjoyed driving to Amanda for the Special Olympics, and would time it so that I would pass him on route 22, and give him encouragement. He will be missed very much. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. God Bless... Tim and Carla King, of Lancaster.
Tim and Carla King - December 29, 2011 at 07:42 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
To the family of Thad Davis - we are so sorry for your loss. Thad has been our neighbor for 11 years and he was really a nice man as well as a nice neighbor. He was often seen running through the neighborhood and he always stopped to talk to us. He will be be greatly missed by all who knew him. Gary and Sue Moenter, Jennifer Lane, Lancaster, Ohio
Gary & Sue Moenter - December 30, 2011 at 08:48 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I believe I first ran into Thad (pun intended!) at the first Amanda 5 miler in 1975 that I ran in. I've always been impressed with his personality, spunk, energy, and demeaner. I rana few more of thos races over the following 5 years. I recently (last year?) ran into him (no pun here!) in the Lancaster River Valley Mall and it was a very pleasant surprise! I wasn't aware of all his achievements until I read the other comments on here so far and from people I also know! Thad will be sorely missed but his great legacy lives on! I am so looking forward to catching up with him someday...and I'm NOT kidding! Go Thad and...way to go...! Hey Thad, wait for me!
Tim Nungesser - January 04, 2012 at 06:54 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
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