Celebration of Life for James D. “Jim” Davis, 84, Edgewater FL who died Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 7:17 AM will be 4:00 PM Monday at Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place 1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach FL with Vonshelle Beneby of United Church of Christ officiating.
Jim was born in Columbus, Georgia. He proudly served in the US Merchant Marines from 1944-45 during WWII and was a retired from the construction business. The family remembered how Jim loved to discuss politics and enjoyed a vigorous debate. His mind never closed to new ideas. He was an avid bicyclist and could often be seen riding up to 15 miles a day in Hacienda del Rio. He said he was “at one” with his bicycle. He was an avid inventor who loved to imagine solutions to complex technical problems. He was early to adopt new technology and purchased computers for his children when they were first available to consumers.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Jan, daughters Denise Davis, Debbie V Davis Simons both of Baltimore, MD, Judy Smyth of Palm Coast, FL, Beth and Kevin Brown of NC, step daughters Jeannine McKnight of Philadelphia, PA, Mary Luddin of New Smyrna Beach, FL step son Patrick Jenkin of Irving, TX and Edgewater, FL, sister Lois Steinsberger and Juvonda Killingsworth of Phenix City AL, seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
He was a loving father and friend. Family, friends and neighbors remember his kindness, thoughtfulness as well as his extraordinary expertise and great tool collection!
In lieu of flowers donations are requested to United Church of Christ 203 Washington Street New Smyrna Beach FL 32168 or Hospice of Volusia Southeast Care Center 4140 South Ridgewood Ave Edgewater FL 32141.