Bill Davis Service Station, Searcy AR. 210 W Race St.

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Bill Davis Service Staion Searcy AR 1962

This picture came from a 1962 high school year book.  We can certainly remember when there was a filling station on every corner....so it seemed.  The station took care of all our car needs.  Check your oil.  Wash your windows.  Be sure the tires have the right pressure.  Remember how they'd come out and ask, "Filler up?" 

We have two full service filling stations left in Searcy AR and I admit that one of my luxuries in life is to visit one of them.  This filling station is no longer here and was eliminated many years ago.  The location was 210 West Race.  Some of the Searcy Sleuths may remember who the man in front was.  I can remember a Bill Davis, builder, who started Colony West and built and sold many houses.  Was this the same Mr. Davis?

Things do change...............rapidly.  Wish I could read how much the gas price was.

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Mary Dunn

In my younger days Searcy was a city of churches and filling stations!

Jul 12, 2016 01:30 AM #1
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Lee Biggs

The Bill Davis standing in the doorway is the father of Bobby Davis (married to Karen Davis). His other children were Sonny Davis (Ret. USAF), Martha Hill (spouse: J. B. Hill) - both deceased, & Jimmy Davis of Sherwood. This Bill Davis ran the Gulf station and later served as White County Judge. His wife was Naomi. Billy Davis, contractor, was not the same person. There was a third Bill Davis, who was a medical doctor (Cardiologist) during the same time that the Gulf station was operational, and I remember funny stories about the 2 Bill Davis' receiving middle of the night phone calls to the wrong Bill Davis. One such call was received by Bill Davis, MD. The caller was broken down in his car and his rear end had gone out on him and needed Bill Davis to come tow him in and repair it. The Dr. Bill Davis reportedly told the caller that he was a heart doctor and didn't work on rear ends...

Jul 12, 2016 02:17 AM #2
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Marion Davis Craig

I remember sitting in the back seat of our 1956 Chevy and pulling in to THE GULF Station! We didn't trade anywhere else‼️ Mr. Bill always had an oil rag hanging out of his back pocket, and a smile on his face! I remember when the gas prices went up to 16 cents a gallon..... My mama said, " oh Lord, before you know it gasoline will cost a quarter and no one will be able to afford it!"

Jul 12, 2016 02:27 AM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Mary, I think all small towns were like that.  This town is still full of churches but the filling stations (small ones) have lost out.  If churches paid the same taxes as the large filling stations we'd be a wealthy town.

Jul 12, 2016 03:51 AM #4
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Anita Fuller

I was going to write most of what Lee wrote...but he beat me to it. Billy Davis was my "boyfriend" in grammar school, he could always get Fleers Double Bubble gum....even though it was rationed. He supplied me with gum and I was the envy of my girl friends.

Jul 12, 2016 03:54 AM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Lee, I couldn't help laughing at this comment.  I have heard of the Bill Davis who was the judge, I think, and Rodger bought me an old oak roll-top desk that may have been his.  And was Nancy Davis married to him?  I remember her and how lovely she was.  When she left Searcy, I think I listed her house in Cloverdale.

Jul 12, 2016 03:54 AM #6
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Marion, what good memories.  Wouldn't you like to go back to that kind of service.  I guess today's cars don't require as much attention.  Hubby always said I should have my oil changed every 3000 miles.  My car told me to do it at 9000 to 10000 miles!

Jul 12, 2016 03:56 AM #7
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I note that one thinks gas was cheap when we were growing up, 16 cents a gallon. But a little reflection will show it was not so cheap. For example, wages for typical clerk jobs was 40 cents/hour and today it is more like 10 dollars/hour. That would scale the 16 cents up to about 4 dollars, almost twice what we pay now.

I remember when us boys were out "cruising" town having to pool our money to buy a couple of gallons of gas.



Jul 12, 2016 06:44 AM #8
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Anita, you forgot to tell us which of the three Bill Davis's was your gum provider!

Jul 12, 2016 10:36 AM #9
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Harold Gene, as usual you are a deep thinker.  Even though it sounded cheap, it wasn't.  How many of you boys had automobiles?  Bet most of you had one family car.  Most of the time my family had to walk....no car at all.  I can remember walking to the little downtown and watching some of the cruisers, but there were not many. 

Jul 12, 2016 10:38 AM #10
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Jenni Mabry

The Bill Davis that owned that station was my grandfather. He was my Mom's (Martha Hill) father. I have heard so many stories of that service station from Papa Bill...my grandmother... My Mom and my uncles. I love the picture!

Jul 12, 2016 12:51 PM #11
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Jenni, thanks for the comment.  I knew your mom.  She passed way too early.  With these blogs, I learn a little more about Searcy each time.  Thanks for telling me about your grandfather!

Jul 12, 2016 10:52 PM #12
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Lee Biggs

Barbara, the Bill Davis who was County Judge was the same Bill Davis who owned the Gulf Station. He was elected County Judge a few years after he sold the Gulf Station, and before serving as County Judge I think he may have served a term as County Clerk. His wife was Naomi Davis. Children were William (Sonny) Davis (Spouse: Charlotte Davis - former White County Realtor) , Martha Hill (Spouse: JB Hill) both deceased, Bobby Davis (Spouse: Karen Davis), & Jimmy Davis of Sherwood. The other Davis you referred to was John Davis, and he was White County Sheriff. He was the one that was married to Nancy Davis, who moved away from Searcy a number of years ago -- I think maybe to Texas to live with a daughter or some kin folk. She was a widow when she moved away.

Jul 13, 2016 12:58 AM #13
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Lee, thanks.  There have been lots of Davis's in Searcy, sounds like, so no wonder newcomers get confused.  Nancy was a widow when I met her also, I think.  It was on a trip to Europe with Nell Henry's sponsored trip that I met her.  She was such a lovely and charming person.  Years later when she moved to Texas she listed her house with me.  Just last year I sold that house and it made me think of her again.  She had a lot of class. 

Jul 13, 2016 03:58 AM #14
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