John Steven Davis
Funeral Director and Embalmer
Steve was raised in Kissee Mills, Missouri, starting his funeral career at age 13 by working weekends, holidays, running errands, and mowing the lawn for Minnie Whelchel. He eventually started making ambulance runs with the Whelchel Ambulance Service until Taney County Ambulance District was formed.
While at the Branson facility Steve was privileged to work alongside Walter Cobb, his mentor and trusted friend. In 1979 Steve graduated with perfect attendance and scholastic Achievement honors from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He spent the next several years working for the second largest funeral home in Dallas. In 1986 Steve obtained his Missouri Funeral Director and Embalmers licenses upon returning to Taney County where he worked as a trade embalmer until returning to the Whelchel firm as a full-time employee.
In 2008 with the closing of the Branson facility Steve became co-owner of the Forsyth Whelchel Funeral Chapel. As ownership changed Steve remains a valued funeral director and embalmer serving his friends and community.