John E. Davis

John E. Davis, 91, a lifelong resident of Strasburg Road (Buckton) and Front Royal, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 25, 2018, at Commonwealth Senior Living in Front Royal.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 1 at 5:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home with Pastor Jean Steidel and Sammy Campbell officiating. Inurnment will be private.

Mr. Davis was born in 1926 in Washington D.C. son of the late Clarence Aldon Davis and Mary Edna Frye Davis. Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was also an Airforce Reserve Veteran. He bought a dump truck after leaving the Navy and hauled stone and asphalt for the state of Virginia before going to work at the American Viscose Corporation/FMC/Avtex, where he worked for 41 ½ years. Mr. Davis then drove a school bus for twenty years: 10 in Frederick County and 10 in Warren County. He was always very active and finally retired at the age of 84. He was a founding member of the Buckton Presbyterian Church, serving as both deacon and elder for many years and a member of the Giles B. Cook Post 53 of The American Legion in Front Royal.

He was married for fifty-eight years to the late Mary Florence “Polly” Santmyers Davis who preceded him in death in 2006.

Surviving are his daughter Debby Davis Seekford and her husband Mike of Front Royal with whom he made his home for 9 years prior to moving to Commonwealth Senior Living in 2015; one son William A. “Dusty” Davis of North Carolina; two sisters Naomi Eaton and Thelma Wines both of Front Royal; five grandchildren Kate, John, Pete, Chris and Brandon; seven great-grandchildren Tristain, Daniel, Trinity, Kaiden, Karli, Kaleb and Emily; and a very special nephew Michael Grove of Galax, Virginia.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 1 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Buckton Presbyterian Church, 2315 Strasburg Road, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

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  1 comment for “John E. Davis

  1. Gerry Henderson
    August 20, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    I only heard of your Dad’s passing. He was a customer of mine when I worked at CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union and there was no one who could make me smile like your Dad. He was a gentleman in the true sense of the word, and he spoke so lovingly of you, Debby! My condolences to you and your family. You must be comforted knowing he is reunited with his dear Polly now.

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