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Family talks about father beaten to death in home invasion

Elbert Davis Jr. was beaten to death in a home invasion in Tuscumbia. Elbert Davis Jr. was beaten to death in a home invasion in Tuscumbia.

Relatives of an elderly man who was beaten to death are hoping someone can help solve the mystery surrounding Elbert Davis's murder.

Emotions are still high as Davis's family is coping with the loss of their loved one.

Davis's son said he has no idea why someone would do this to their father.

"I talked to my dad every night at 9:15, so I'll miss my phone call," said Farley Davis.

Farley will never talk to his dad again.

"That's what I'll miss the most - all of our discussions talking about church, talking about the Bible, talking about politics," he said.

The World War II veteran died after an attack inside his Tuscumbia home.

"It seemed like it was a dream. It didn't seem like it really happened. Went to the hospital. They were coming and when they got there, they told us he was not going to survive. They said he wasn't going to make it," Farley said.

Friends found the 88-year-old unconscious in the basement.

"It's hard to believe someone could walk in the house, break in and do what they did to my dad," said Farley.

Elbert Davis spent nearly every day on the golf course and making his way around town.

The man most people know as "Possum" leaves behind five children and 12 grandchildren.

"All the people loved him. His family were all very proud of him. We loved him," said Farley. "He's got a good legacy he's leaving behind and we're going to miss him terribly."

The sign at Deshler Middle School says, "How sad for our neighbor. How sad for our society. God bless Mr. Davis and his family."

Davis's family credit the love and support from the people of Tuscumbia in helping them move forward.

Davis's son Farley said his dad was a Tuscumbia native and a graduate of Deshler High School, where he played on the football team.

After high school, Davis joined the navy and served in World War II.

The Davis family said the hardest thing is not knowing why it happened or a motive behind the crime.

"What I want to say to them is, 'Why. Why did you do it? Tell me what happened. I don't understand.' I know it's not right for my dad not to be here, he should still be here," said Farley.

The family is working on finalizing the funeral arrangements.

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