BELTON — The words of Paul Harvey, a well-known radio broadcaster from the 1950s to the 1990s, were quoted at 1:30 p.m. Monday by Sheriff Eddy Lange as family, friends and co-workers of Bell County Deputy Adam Davis said goodbye to him at the Bell County Expo Center.
Harvey referred to all men and police officers as the “mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.”
Davis died Wednesday at Temple’s Scott & White Hospital from a severe head injury he sustained when his patrol vehicle left the roadway Dec. 1 and rolled as he was on his way to answer a “possible man with a gun” call that later proved to be unfounded. He had been in critical condition since the accident.
A full-time deputy since August, Davis began with the Bell County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve officer in 2007 and was a part-time deputy during the summer.
Before the service began, a screen showed a slideshow featuring photos of Davis and his son. The Rev. Bob Crowder, pastor with Keys Valley Baptist Church in Belton, shared two scriptures the family requested, including Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God,” and John 15:13, “Greater love has no man than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
“I was very impressed with Adam. He wasn’t intimidated by me, and he and I were almost instant friends,” Lange said. “He wasn’t your typical rookie. … He was all about serving and helping others.”
A row of law enforcement officers lined the way as Davis’ casket and then members of his family made their way out of the Expo Center to the cemetery.
A procession of hundreds of motorcycles, patrol vehicles, booster trucks and private cars traveled the procession route to Hillcrest Cemetery.
At the cemetery, uniformed officers lined the dirt road leading to Davis’ burial site, saluted and watched as the Austin Police Pipe & Drum Corps led the hearse to the gravesite.
A 21-gun salute and the playing of taps preceded the presentation of the U.S. flag that covered Davis’ casket to his son. Ten-year-old Lance sat with his grandfather’s comforting arm around him.
The playing of “Amazing Grace” ended the ceremony.
A benefit concert and auction originally scheduled for this past Sunday will be rescheduled for a later date.