Troy James Davis
December 1, 1974 - December 15, 1999
Troy James Davis was born on Saturday, December 1, 1971. He went home to be
with his heavenly Father on Wednesday, December 15,
1999, 14 days after his twenty-fifth birthday.
Troy was a loving and devoted, son, grandson and brother.
After Troy's father (a Tarrant County Deputy Sheriff)
passed away, he continued living at home with his mother
while his sister, Lisa was away at college. At the time
of his death, Troy was working with his mother, true-crime
author, Barbara Davis. He was a major contributor to
the books Barbara wrote. As her assistant, Troy photographed
the pictures used in her books, conducted interviews
with victims and witnesses, helped her take notes in
trials and translate those notes, as Barbara developed
her stories. He was also indispensable as a proof reader
and critic of his mother's finished works. Troy hoped
that the experience he was gaining would eventually
enable him to become an author himself.
Troy was tragically shot to death when the police,
using false information, broke down his front door and
shot him to death within 1.8 seconds of their entry.
A civil lawsuit has been filed on his behalf against
the city of North Richland Hills. Troy is buried in
the historic Smithfield Cemetery. A live oak Remembrance
Tree was planted in Troy's memory at Walker's Creek
Park in North Richland Hills. He will continue to live
on through the collective memories of the hundreds of
friends, family and church family who knew and loved
him and who now seek justice for Troy.
Prior to the tragedy that took Troy's life, he was
looking forward to and excited about settling down,
getting married and having childen. Troy loved children
and they loved him and he was very excited about the
future prospect of one day becoming a father. Troy had
told his mother and grandmother the Sunday night of
the week he was killed that he was going to join the
church Sunday morning, December 19th because he had
decided that this was the church home for him; instead,
his funeral was held in the church he loved on Monday,
Troy Davis will be remembered as a compassionate and
caring person who loved his family and friends and served
God faithfully and diligently. Those who knew Troy and
love him are able to go on with the knowledge that he
is in Heaven with the Lord he so dearly loved and worshiped,
watching over those he loves.