2018 Parade Marshal - Ray & Pat Davis
2018 Parade Marshals
Ray and Pat Davis are honored to be the 2018 Tomato Show parade marshals. They are proud of Fredericktown! After they were married, Ray attended Capital University then started working for The Firestone Co. They thank God that His plan for them was to return to Fredericktown. Harold Harstine offered Ray the office manager /controller position at Harstine Implement after he and Darel Hathaway talked to Harold while visiting the Knox County Fair.
Ray was born in a house at Fourth and Mulberry St. in Fredericktown. He was delivered by Dr. Ackerman, who put him into the snow when Ray wouldn’t take his first breath! Pat moved to Fredericktown from Gambier at age three. Both graduated from FHS and attended all 12 years there.
After Ray was at Harstine Implement for 23 years, it closed when Harold was killed in a car accident. Ray worked for Cooper Industries until his department moved to Texas. Then he worked for the local school as grounds keeper, utility custodian, and substitute bus driver. He took great pride in making sure the football field and lawns looked nice. His care left visitors with a good impression of our school. One spring day, the elementary students were enjoying a fun but extremely hot field day on the football field, when Ray surprised everyone by turning on the sprinkling system! What a welcome shock! No one will ever forget that fun day! Ray was also the Fredericktown Village Treasurer for 10 years. Since retiring, he works part-time for the Fredericktown Recreation District.
Pat worked locally for Dr. Jack Renicker. She also worked as Activities Director at Hillcrest Nursing Home. Pat served as Administrator of the Fredericktown Christian Pre-School for many years. She also worked as a chiropractic assistant and x-ray technician at Walker Chiropractic.
Pat and Ray have been married 57 years and were one of the first couples to be married in the Fredericktown Methodist Church, after it moved to Columbus Road. They are proud of their three children: Rae Jean (Brian) Zollars, Mandy Halterman, and Jim (Cynthia) Davis. Their grandchildren are Riley (Dustin) Overholser, Kelsey (Jason) Budd, Brianna (Jeff) Blubaugh, Merrit Zollars, Jensen Halterman, Savannah (Devin) Bateman, Elijah Halterman, and Lauren Davis. Great grandchildren are Everhett, Callum & Audra Overholser, Carter, Miles & Sylvie Budd, Watson & Beckett Blubaugh, and Liam Bateman. Their children and grandchildren all attended Fredericktown Schools. Their family is the Davis’ major activity.
They have also been very active in the community. Ray’s activities in the past included being both President and Treasurer of the Lions Club, President of the Athletic Boosters, as well as President of The United Methodist Men. Ray served as a member of the Fredericktown Recreation Board and President of the Scholarship Board of the Fredericktown Alumni Association. He was a Little League coach, Youth Football coach and Treasurer and board member of Willie Davis Youth Football. Ray served as Treasurer of The Freddie Pride Committee and was a member of Wayne Grange and its dart ball team. He volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, and Treasurer of the Field House Building Committee. Ray has been on several Fredericktown softball and bowling teams. He also helped move Gus the Moose home.
Pat’s past activities included: Tots to Teens Mother’s Club, Sunday School teacher and Bible School Director. She was a 10 year 4-H advisor, and a member of the Fredericktown School Advisory Board. Pat enjoyed being a member of bowling teams, as well as being a member of Wayne Grange and its dart ball team.
Pat and Ray are currently volunteers for the Athletic Boosters, Willie Davis Youth Football, Senior Activity Center and are active in the Fredericktown United Methodist Church. Both attend most of the school activities. Pat belongs to euchre and bridge clubs, the West Side Club, and Red Hatters. She has also helped deliver Christmas trees to Knox County nursing home patients with Christmas at Heart. Pat volunteers at the annual Fredericktown Quilters’ Market.
They have been active in the Tomato Show over the years. They have helped and taken part in over 25 floats, co-chaired the Fredericktown Athletic Booster’s food trailer (home of the famous Freddie Burger), worked in church concessions, the Willie Davis Youth Football Booth and the Tots to Teens Lemonade booth. They’ve taken part in the pedal tractor pull, exhibited and won the tomato “anything goes” category, participated in both photography and flower exhibits. They have also won in the Lip Sync Contest. They continue to volunteer in the Tomato Show Hospitality Booth. Thanks to their daughter, we now know that Pat was the “ anonymous,” winning artist of the 2017 Tomato Show premium book cover, as well as the 2017 t-shirt design contest.
Pat and Ray urge everyone to take part in some of the activities and exhibits, or volunteer at the Tomato Show. They predict everyone will find a lot of fun and enjoyment for the little effort put forth. Let’s all keep ”Growing Toward the Future.” Congratulations to our 2018 Fredericktown Tomato Show Parade Marshals!
The Fredericktown Tomato Show is an annual event that takes place in Fredericktown, Ohio the first Wednesday through Saturday after Labor Day.