Joy Childs Davison

Joy Childs Davison was born in Marlin, Texas on October 28, 1929.  She was one of 9 children.  When asked what Joy was like as a girl… her mother would smile, shake her head and say… “That Joy!”  Joy was a sparkler, a cheerleader, and a jitterbug queen.

She married the love of her life, Dick Davison, in July of 1951.  The love and romance they sustained were practically legend for their nearly 57 years of marriage.

The young couple moved to Snyder, Texas where they had their first two children.  Snyder wasn’t Joy’s vision of heaven, but she supported Dick who was an engineer for Lyon Oil Company.  When Dick began graduate school at Texas A&M, they moved to Bryan, Texas, where they had their third child.  Joy treasured and nurtured her young children and ran the home while Dick was in graduate school.  She typed his thesis and dissertation for his Master’s and Phd in Chemical Engineering and most probably corrected his memorable spelling.

Joy’s husband and family were the beat of her heart.  It is often said that behind every great man is a great woman.  Joy was that woman.  In the early 60’s, Dick became interested in a small church located in down town Bryan.  Again… not Joy’s idea of a church home but she supported Dick in the move.  While her husband Dick carried out the vision God had laid before him, Joy was there.  She entertained missionaries home on furlough, potential pastors, conference speakers, and visiting theologians.  There was no church budget for housing out-of-towners in those days so Joy graciously opened her home.  And when Dick spent late nights in elder meetings, Joy held the fort ….. for 50 years.

Joy taught Sunday school, hosted back yard Bible clubs and loved on younger women in the church.  She had the gifts of hospitality and helps and used them openhandedly in service to God, her husband, family and friends. Joy not only graciously opened her home, she did so with flair and creativity. Joy’s parties weren’t just fun…they were beautiful.

As a mother, she was a fierce protector.  She was loving and kind, savvy and streetwise.  She was tireless and expected the best her children could do, but she was also so much fun.  Her two daughters both laugh about their high school friends enjoying her company at least as much theirs.

Joy’s smile could light a room. She was warm and inviting, fun loving, witty, and well….. Joy.  Heaven is a little brighter today.

Joy is survived by her brother, Don of McKinney; children, Mary Joy Hinton and husband, Richard of Dallas, Dick Davison Jr. and wife, Karen of Bryan, and Julie Larson and husband, Rick of Bryan; grandchildren, Andress Koenning and husband, Patrick of College Station, Richard Davison III and wife, Julie of Bryan, Howard Davison and wife, Marissa of Houston, Marion Larson of Seattle , Elizabeth Hinton of Dallas; and great grandchildren, Jack, Lydia, and Sophie Koenning of College Station

Joy’s life will be honored with a memorial service at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Grace Bible Church Anderson Campus. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Timothy Trust Fund at Grace Bible Church, 700 Anderson Dr., College Station, 77840.


  1. When we moved to Bryan, Joy was the best neighbor. She loved our family and taught me so much about being a good wife and mother. My boys loved visiting her home as she always had a snack and Dick always regaled them with WWII stories. He was quiet the historian. In later years she put up with lots of loud music and loud trucks from our driveway. No other name could have been as fitting for her as Joy. She will be deeply missed by many that knew her through her years, but heaven will be even more joyful. Rest in peace Joy.
    Judi, Robert Richards family.

  2. She was my mother’s best friend and when she visited, I would sometimes see her too…always delightful, always fun and always a laugh or two. My mother was so blessed by Joy’s friendship. Joy and Dick were just good solid citizens and Jesus was their guide in life. So sorry about your loss. My heart aches for you and a little bit of me passed with her.

  3. Could a lady have a more apt name? She was truly joyful – always! Dear, sweet memories of time spent with your precious mother. My deepest sympathy to you-Mary Joy, Dick, Julie and your families. Heaven is now richer and merrier.

  4. When we arrived in 1967 to join the Chemical Engineering Faculty at Texas A&M Joy and Eleanor Holland were an amazing duo. They were the heart of a very active Chem Eng. Wives group. I loved reading the obituary so lovingly written by those that knew her best. It perfectly portrayed the Joy Davidson that I knew. I always tried to visit Joy when I returned to College Station. She is permanently etched in my memory as the finest of women. Reading her obituary warmed my heart and allowed me to join in the celebration of her life even though I’m far away.

  5. Dear Mary Joy and Julie
    I just happened on this notice while looking for updates on dear old friends. I did not hear about the death of my dear friend until today. I am so sorry I did not know or I would have been there! Joy and Dick were our friends, our confidants and our life long mentors. Joy taught me so much as a young bride about how to love my home and family. She was my friend when I was lonely and advisor when I was lost. The world was a special place when she was in it. Our lives would have been so very different if Dick and Joy had not encouraged us to take the helm of what is today, Grace Bible Church.


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