The Edmond Sun

June 11, 2013

Davises celebrate 60th anniversary


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND —     Herb and Shirley Davis of Edmond, Okla. will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family vacation trip to the Grand Canyon and Phoenix, Ariz given by their daughters, Teresa and husband Don Pope and Linda Dorfman and her husband Jan.

    Herbert George Davis of Buffalo, N.Y., and Shirley Ann Etheredge of Pauls Valley, Okla. were married June 19, 1953 at Chapel I in Fort Belvoir, Va.

    The couple was introduced at a party in Oklahoma City in 1951. In 1952, Herb saw Shirley again while out with some friends and asked her out. They met again when both were attending Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) and Herb asked her to his Sig Ep Fraternity party. They married in 1953 and made their home in Heidelberg, Germany for two years before they returned to the states.

    Herb served as a military geologist and intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He retired as a Captain in the US Army Reserve in 1962. Herb served in the US Army from 1952-1955, and after service, worked for Stanolin/Pan America (AMOCO). He became an independent geologist in 1967 and has dedicated his life to the oil and gas exploration business. Herb is active in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and received the Distinguished Service Award in 1982. He is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association and served on the OSU Foundation Board of Governors for 12 years, and has received many distinguished and honorary awards from OSU, AAPG and many other organizations throughout his life.

    Shirley studied interior design at OSU and received her MRS. She is a gourmet cook and took an active part in her daughters lives, including serving as their Girl Scout leader. She is an active member of the Oklahoma Geologist Wives and both she and Herb are members of the First Christian Church of Edmond and life members of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League.

    Together they have led active lives skiing on Lake Tenkiller at their lake home and snow skiing on many mountains. They enjoy playing cards, traveling the world by land, sea and air and entertaining many friendships.

    In addition to their two daughters and their husbands, Herb and Shirley treasure their four grandchildren, Joe and George Cobb and Jason and Karen Dorfman of Colorado.

    The Davises agree that staying active, worshiping  together, keeping  their family close and adding a lot of spice to life, have been factors to the longevity of their marriage.