A Texoma hero who dedicated his life to protecting and serving his community was laid to rest.
Family and friends paid their respects to Gene Davis, a retired major with the Wichita Falls Police Department. Newschannel attended the services Thursday morning at First Baptist Church.
Close friends and fellow retired officers spoke about the good man Gene Davis was. They remembered a generous and kind hearted hero who brought change and influence to the community.
Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham attended and commented on his 33 year long friendship with Gene. "He was one of those individuals that brought a lot of good programs to the department. He will be missed by his family of course, and by those that worked with him and knew him."
A close friend to Gene also commented, "I'm impressed at how humble he was, how much he did in his life, and how much people appreciated him. He didn't realize how much people loved him." Friends added, "With the out flow of people at the services, it just proves how much the community loved him."
The Wichita Falls Police Department said Gene played a major role in growing the WFPD. Gene created the Narcotics Department and played an influential role in bringing non-profits to Texoma, like Patsy's House.
Gene Davis passed away Monday and was 71 years old. He was laid to rest at Highland Cemetery in Iowa Park.