Wayne Lyman Davisson, formerly of Oxford, passed away March 16, 2017 after many illnesses.
Wayne was born May 16, 1940 to Lyman and Emma Davisson, both deceased. His family moved to a farm in Oxford Twp. from Clarkston when he was 7-years-old.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Lois Ann; two sons Darren (Debbie) and Layne (Cari); 7 grandchildren: Corey, Leslie, Kyle, Cierra, Sam, Hunter and Charlie; his brother, Randy (Mary Ellen); nieces Kathy, Mary Ann, Cindy, Laura, and their families; and sister Coreen.
He was preceded in death by his nieces Julie and April.
Wayne was an avid musician, starting piano lessons with Mrs. Willows who lived on Glaspie St. in Oxford, from age 12 until he was 19.
Wayne received a scholarship from the Oxford Music Club (God bless them) to Interlochen Music Camp. His life was about to make an abrupt change, when he received a scholarship, with the help of Mrs. Willows, to the Chicago Sherwood Music School. That’s when he met the love of his life, Lois Ann Blackburn from Battleground, Washington in 1957. They stayed in touch (not as easy without the internet) and were married in 1963.
Wayne received a degree from Oakland University in Human Resources and worked at Pontiac Motors in management for a number of years.
Lois Ann taught music in the elementary grades at Oxford Schools and Head Start for about 21 years. They both taught music in their home for all ages– from teenagers to senior citizens.
Wayne and his brother, Randy, had a musical group for about 25 years. At one time, they played for 20 years and only had 20 weekends off. The years were from 1959 thru 1984.
In 1985, things were changing at Oxford schools, and not for the better, for Lois Ann. The decision was made to accept a teaching position in her hometown in Washington State which was near her parents. They sold their beautiful home, which they had built new on 10 acres of the family farm, and headed west.
That summer, Wayne played piano at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island. He also played in the ballroom with the band for evening dancing.
Now in Washington State, Wayne and Lois Ann both continued to work as musicians– playing at retirement homes, churches, weddings and parties. Wayne played the piano/keyboard and Lois Ann played the violin. As Christians and members of the 7 day Adventist Church, they used the money they were paid to send their grandchildren to a Christian School.
They also enjoyed their Friday night family dinners.
Wayne was gifted in that he could play both by note and by ear. He was a very versatile musician. He studied with Jerry Libby, one of Detroit Metro piano entertainers to learn Jazz. He could play classical, semi-classical, 1930’s and 1940’s swing music, old standards, show tunes, country and rock and roll (through the Beatles years). Wayne played piano at the Timberline Ski Lodge on Mt. Hood, Oregon for two years.
Wayne and Lois Ann not only shared their love of music, they also loved horses– particularly trail riding. They loved to see the country from the backs of their horses. Preferably, Tennessee walking horses. They also loved their miniature horses and drove them on carts. They enjoyed several vacations through their timeshares all across the country.