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Jim "Deeper Cheaper" Davis Rest In Peace

I received word today that we have lost a friend and member of Drilling Ahead,

Jim Davis, known to us here as "Deeper Cheaper".

Jim was a lifelong oilfield worker starting from the ground up in the patch and finished with his own Texas consulting firm. Jim brought to Drilling Ahead a world of knowledge and wisdom combined with a sense of humor that could make you laugh or put you in your place. he was always quick to share with anyone that asked.

Jim passed away in his sleep , November 25, 2011 at the age of 61 years.

Jim Davis will always be someone I will regret I never had a chance to meet in person & I will always be thankful he shared his knowledge, wisdom and humor here in our forum.

Rest In Peace Jim

Wherever you are "Hold a Bind On 'er Ol Buddy"



VICTORIA - James Howard "Jim" Davis, 61, of Victoria, passed peacefully in his sleep Nov. 25, 2011. He was born September 17, 1950 in Gilmer to the late James Edward and Sarah Jessalyn Davis.
He worked in the oilfield all his life and was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. His sense of humor delighted his friends and family. He was proud to tell people he was a "high-tech redneck" and a friend of Bill W. He enjoyed fishing, and though he lived in South Texas for much of his adult life, he adored the East Texas Piney Woods and its lakes and fishing holes. Jim's family is comforted to know he is free of all his earthly troubles, and his earthly joys cannot compare to what he has now seen.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Dahlstrom Davis; daughters, Kim and Rose Davis, Joy and Tom Roeh, Becca and Zeke Harkleroad; sisters, Kathy and Gary Haecker, Susan and Ron Minatrea. He adored his four granddaughters Riley, Reagan and Rebecca Roeh and Zoe Davis, and his numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will welcome visitors Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Harrell Funeral Home South in Austin. Services will be held at Harrell Funeral Home South at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 with a graveside service immediately following at Live Oak Cemetery in Manchaca.
Pallbearers will be his nephews and sons-in-law.
The cause closest to Jim's heart was Mitochondrial Disease, which affects three of his granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to The Memorial Hermann Foundation. Donations can be mailed to UT Mitochondrial Center, Dr. Mary Kay Koenig, 6431 Fannin St., MSB 3.151, Houston, 77030.

Published in Victoria Advocate from November 27 to November 29, 2011

Comment by Wayne Nash on December 2, 2011 at 1:50pm

Jim's passing makes us all consider our mortality.  Make peace with your maker, my friends... He will be missed.

Comment by Randi on December 2, 2011 at 1:50pm

Rest in peace Deeper. You will be missed.

Comment by RoughneckRadio.com on December 2, 2011 at 2:19pm

hard to express how sad i am.. i enjoyed our many talks..

Comment by kyle loney on December 2, 2011 at 2:44pm

I met him here &also got to work with him to. He was a awEsome companyman to work for. Two thing i never will forget are the little kick we took together and the time we had been stuck for days, did the whole free point backoff thing. He had been up for a long time and went down to his house to take a shower and all the sudden it came loose. the guy heard the sounds of the rig change and ran out on his front porch in his underwear to take a look. Rip Jim.

Comment by Dave Sereda on December 2, 2011 at 2:48pm

Rest in peace Deeper,  as a Canadian I will miss reading your many posts. Fairwell you will be missed.

Comment by Jonathan Britt on December 2, 2011 at 3:21pm
We all will miss him.
Comment by Lerret on December 2, 2011 at 5:25pm

Godspeed... There was only 11 days difference in our ages. We saw the same world as I broke out in same Piney Woods back in the 70s.  Perhaps I had met him at some point. I hope so.  The next time we meet we will know each other - I know in whom I believe that that He is able to keep that which is His unto that day...

Comment by Lorne R Jacobson on December 2, 2011 at 8:19pm

Rest in peace Jim

Comment by Onani Omoro on December 2, 2011 at 9:57pm
Am a cire driller from kenya. I enoy reading articles from DA as the are very educative and more innovative.
The passing away of a member, teacher and a friend is a great lose to DA.
Comment by Drilling Ahead on December 3, 2011 at 12:25am

Amen Onani

Comment by Overshot on December 3, 2011 at 11:23am

The Grand Architect has a great prospect that required a top hand to drill and develop it.   While we'll miss him here during our time in this field, we'll see him again when we're called to our hitch in the new patch beyond.

Farewell and Godspeed Jim.

Comment by Drilling Ahead on December 3, 2011 at 11:38am

If you would like to sign the Davis Family guestbook you can do so here

Sign Guest Book Here...

It would be great if we could share with Jim's family how he touched us all.


Comment by Djallal D on December 3, 2011 at 11:47am

could you please explain to me the objective to sign the Davis family

Comment by Drilling Ahead on December 3, 2011 at 11:52am

Sure- The business that prepares funeral for family also creates a guest book so that those that cared about Jim could express sympathy for the family or share their thoughts on having known Jim. The guest book is also read by Jim's friends and family. I think it's a way to pay respects to family using the internet because it was impossible to do so in person. We have arranged for the guest book to remain on-line for at least a year so as others around the oilfield discover he passed-they will also have it available to express condolences to the family.


Comment by Drilling Ahead on December 3, 2011 at 11:56am

I think it is a great memorial for the family-here is a picture of Jim that he posted on our "Oilfield Talk" forum years ago. Jim was very full of wit and could make anyone smile, you should  go there and search for posts by "Deeper Cheaper"

Comment by Djallal D on December 3, 2011 at 12:00pm

I am sorry for all

Comment by rossgrason on December 3, 2011 at 8:00pm




Comment by khaled Mohamed shehab on December 4, 2011 at 2:15am

Rest in peace

Comment by Ted A Snelling Jr. on December 4, 2011 at 10:42am
I am fortunate enough to say I have known Jim Davis since the late 1970's. At the time, Jim was a young Mud Engineer for NewPark Drilling Fluids and I was a younger Relief Driller for Flournoy Drilling Company, drilling wells in Deep South Texas. We were drilling for Texas Oil & Gas Company when we noticed that Jim had not been our Mud Engineer for about a week and no one had heard from him when he showed back up as our brand new Company Man! From that point on Jim was "on a roll".
One could say that Jim was "multi-talented" when it came to the Oil Field. He could drill new wells, re-enter old wells, he could complete 'em or work them over. At one time, he was even a part owner of a mud company known as Total Depth Drilling Fluids.
We spent many a day together on and off location and he treated everyone the same regardless of your rank or stature. Back in his Drink'in Days we drained a bottle or two of whiskey and even played a hand of Poker now and then. The man did love to play cards.
Jim will be missed by the people he knew and many he had just not got around to meeting yet. I will miss the times when he would drop by in between wells looking to stay in our Guest House a night or two and we would "catch up" on the latest OilField rumors.
Rest in Peace my friend!
Ted Snelling
Comment by Djallal D on December 4, 2011 at 11:43pm

Rest in Peace


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