WATSON – Dale McClleand Davidson, 78, of Watson, formerly of Arcola, passed away at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 25, 2012) at his daughter's residence.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St., Arcola. The Rev. Roger McIntire will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the funeral home.
Dale was born March 1, 1933, in Litchfield. He was a son of Ellis McClleand and Letta May (Traylor) Davidson. He married Shelby Jean Kurfess on July 24, 1955, at St. Paul's Church in Hillsboro. She passed away July 10, 1997.
Survivors include three daughters, Dawn Davidson of Tuscola, Kim McGeehon and her husband Doug of Arcola and Lori Neal and her husband Rusty of Watson; four grandchildren, Joel and Ted McGeehon and Seth and Cole Neal; two great grandchildren, Shelby and Remington McGeehon; and one brother, William Traylor Davidson and his wife Margarite of Pecos, Texas.
Along with his wife and his parents, one son, Michael Davidson, and one brother, Merrill Davidson, preceded him in death.
Dale was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was an intelligence analyst and received two Purple Hearts during the Korean War. He graduated Special Forces in May 1970. Dale served a total of 36 years in the Army, Reserves and National Guard.
Following his military career, Dale had worked at USI in Tuscola and was a bartender at the Embassy in Arcola. Dale had done some sky diving, having completed a Santa Claus Jump.
Dale was a member of Arcola Masonic Lodge 366 AF & AM and Montgomery Masonic Lodge 426 AF & AM at Ranger, N.C. He had a total of 57 years as a Mason. He was also a member of the Sword of Bunker Hill and the United Methodist Church in Murphy, N.C.
Memorials may be made to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals) and the American Cancer Society.