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In loving memory of
James D. "Jim" Davis
  • April 03, 1926
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  • July 17, 2010

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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.

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  1. 14 Aug 2010
    Deborah Davis Simons says:
    Dearest Dad you are so missed. There were too few memories to recollect but each one stands out so strongly. I can recalll your sentences!l Just one example is how I looked at the world through rose colored glasses. You said this over 30 years ago but it is as if it were yesterday. Oh Dad I will miss your big burly hugs, your openess to your feelings for Denise and I. Your phone calls, Dad, You were a treasure of a father and I thank God you had Jan in your last years on this earth. I know one day we will see each other again and I will get one of those big burly hugs again. I will love you forever and ever Dad.

  2. 30 Jul 2010
    Selma says:
    Janet, My prayers are with you through the loss of your beloved husband. Please let me know if I can do anything to help you. Selma

  3. 21 Jul 2010
    Josh Zeigler says:
    I always enjoyed the stories Uncle J.D. told at Thanksgiving. He lived a very interesting life. This list could go on forever of all the things he did. He will be missed.

  4. 18 Jul 2010
    Megan and Gus Bell says:
    We are saddened by your loss, but rejoicing as "JD" is out of pain and in heaven with those he has missed here on this earth. "JD" was such a kind individual and he was one of those rare people who was truly "genuine."

    We will miss your laugh and miss seeing you at Thanksgiving, although we know that you are now experiencing the ultimate Thanksgiving with our heavenly father!!

    To Jan and the family - we pray that God will give you peace and comfort during this time. Even though we are miles away, know that we are praying for you.

  5. 18 Jul 2010
    Jeb and Jenny Zeigler says:
    In loving memory of Uncle JD, remembering Thanksgivings and spending time at family events. There will never be another generation of people like yours and we will miss you. We were so happy you were able to come to our wedding shower and be a part of a very important time in our lives. Our hearts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. May the Lord fill you with his peace and comfort and bring joy to your hearts to help you remember the wonderful times you had with Uncle JD. -Jeb and Jenny Zeigler

  6. 18 Jul 2010
    Andy and Carolee Killingsworth says:
    I always enjoyed listening to your stories and ideas. You were a unique and special Uncle. What sticks out in my mind the most was how you took care of my Mom and Aunt Lois. You were a perfect example of how a brother should be. You will greatly miss. Andy
    My fondest memories of you were at Thanksgiving time. I remember when I made my first Pecan Pie and how much you loved it. I loved how you made me feel like one of the family the very first time I met you. You were so sweet and loving to everyone around you. You loved your family with everything you had. You will be greatly miss by all of us. Carolee

  7. 18 Jul 2010
    Chuck and Sherry Griffith says:
    "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15 Today I celebrate with the angels as another one of God's children return home. However Uncle J.D. will be greatly missed here on earth. A man with a huge heart for people, he touched so many lives, including mine.
    God blessed him with the gift of creativity, as he was always thinking of new and creative possibilities. He also took the time to listen to the dreams of others and encouraged them to go for it.
    To Jan and all of the family, he loved you all so much and you all were a blessing to him. May his kindness never be forgotten.

  8. 18 Jul 2010
    keith zeigler says:
    In memory of such a special man whose life touched so many others You will be missed

  9. 18 Jul 2010
    elaine killingsworth zeigler says:
    What can be said about such a unique person. My favorite uncle in the whole wide world. Over 48 years of memories go through my mind when I remember you.You touched so many lives with your magnetic personality, your big heart and special laugh. Such a big and strong man you were but always gentle to the ones you loved.We love you and will see you again one day.

  10. 18 Jul 2010
    Ronda and Jeff Boswell says:
    Wonderful memories today of an amazing Uncle. Thank you for the swing you made for me when I was a little girl. Not many adults would care to take the time to do something for a little kid. You always loved being around family and we always loved being around you. You will always be remembered and you will be missed dearly.
    To Jan and Uncle J.D.'s family---our deepest sympathy to you at this sad time. May God lift you up and hold you through this time of emptiness and sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.





  11. 17 Jul 2010
    Derrick Crosby and Family says:
    In Memory of a good man. I'll always remember the talks we had at the kitchen table (at Mom's) and how you made me feel that all things were possible if I just believed in myself. You were always quick with a joke when I needed it. I will miss you Buddy. Derrick

  12. 17 Jul 2010
    Lois and Karl Steinsberger says:
    In Memory of my Loving big brother who tought me how to tell time, tie my shoes, and braid my hair. You will be Dearly missed. Your Loving baby sister, Lois.

  13. 17 Jul 2010
    Juvonda and Al Killingsworth says:
    Your were the best brother anyone could ask for and we know you are at rest now with those who meant so much to you in life. We love you forever and we will all be together again one day.
    I love you so much your sister Juvonda, Al and Family.

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