Born June 14, 1924, in Miller County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Wesley Marvin Davis and Ida Thigpen Davis. After graduating from high school in 1942, he joined the U.S. Army when he was 18 years old to serve his country during World War II. He saw action in the Pacific Theater of Operations, including the Battles of Luzon and Leyte Gulf. Upon discharge from the Army in 1946, he moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where he met Isabelle Nelson, his wife of more than 60 years. They were married on June 15, 1947 at Pine Hill Baptist Church in Grady County. She preceded him in death on September 22, 2007.
He was a printer at the Tallahassee Democrat before retiring at age 50 to begin his second career as a farmer and timber grower. He loved the outdoors and some of his favorite times were spent walking through the woods and fields of his farmlands. He was a very spiritual man and had an abiding faith in God’s love and grace.
Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Paulette D. and Arthur Mainwood of Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren, Marissa P. Mainwood, Brian A. Mainwood, and Jeffrey P. Mainwood, all of Tallahassee, FL; brother, Eason A. Davis of Cairo, GA.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley Marvin and Ida Thigpen Davis and a sister, Monteen D. Hawthorne.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: Covenant Hospice, 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308.