Artist Lowell Davis laid to rest at Red Oak II village he recreated

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Artist Lowell Davis laid to rest at Red Oak II village he recreated

Lowell Davis, who won worldwide fame by sharing his boyhood memories of the rural Ozarks through his artwork, was laid to rest Saturday in the cemetery at Red Oak II, the quaint early-1900s village he recreated near Carthage.

Davis died Nov. 2 at age 83 at his home in Red Oak II, named after the tiny community of Red Oak on the Jasper-Lawrence county line where he grew up.

As a young man, Davis spent two decades away from the Ozarks, overseas with the Air Force and as a magazine art director in Dallas, before returning to southwest Missouri to paint and sculpt and, eventually, to gather more than three dozen old buildings from around the area to build Red Oak II where, along with members of his family and some like-minded others, he lived and welcomed tourists from nearby Route 66.

Lowell Davis as he depicted himself 30 years ago in one of his popular ceramic figurines.

However, it was his fanciful figurines, celebrating traditional Ozarks farm life and folk and livestock, that brought Davis his greatest acclaim. The finely detailed ceramic creations attracted fans and collectors around the globe, and they still are sought and sold on the secondary market.

So it was not surprising that, despite the blustery wet weather, Saturday’s graveside service drew about 200 people to Red Oak II to hear stories about Davis along with old-fashioned preaching and hymns, to watch a military honor guard give a final salute, and to join in singing Davis’s favorite song, “You Are My Sunshine.”

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