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Davis Dairy, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee on Wildwood.
Taken by Judith Richards Shubert, September 28, 2005, Copyright

Sunday, October 11, 2009

William Spence Davis, Jr. - Sept 28, 1921 - Oct 08, 2008


William "Bill" Spence Davis, Jr.
Island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands
World War II


William "Bill" Spence Davis, Jr., 87, of Hixson passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2008, at his home.

He was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee, but moved to Maryville, Tennessee, during his childhood. He served in the Navy as a Ship Fitter Second Class Construction Battalion from 1943-1945. He was stationed in Saipan during WWII.

After moving to Chattanooga in 1961, Bill and his wife, Phyllis, owned and operated Chickamauga Marina. They retired in 1992.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Phyllis Evelyn Davis; parents, William Spence Davis, Sr. (Maryville) and Leola Hitch (Orlando, Florida); sister, Marilee Davis Shubert (Nashville); step-mother, Mary Sue Davis (Maryville); granddaughter, Rachel Cemel, and a great grandson, Chandler Pursley.
Survivors include his son, William Spence Davis, III, of Chattanooga; daughters, Margaret Ann Pursley (Buford) of Ringgold, Barbara Brewer (Don) of Chattanooga, and Brenda Cemel (Albert) of Hixson; sister, Suzanne Kerr (Ernest) of Maryville; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 11, 2008, at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Dr. Jim Hensley officiating. Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends for visitation from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P
.M. Saturday, October 11, 2008, at the North Chapel.

Arrangements are made by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, 5401 Hwy 153, Hixson, Tennessee 37343.

Junior Davis was my husband, Bob Shubert's, uncle.
He is the uncle mentioned in the story about "Spence with His Oliver-66".
Bob's mother, Marilee, and her big brother, Junior, were inseparable
growing up and in the later days of their lives they talked
every weekend on the phone.
Junior was a handsome, funny, loving guy to his family and friends,
and the Shuberts miss him!


Sources:

"Obituaries - William (Bill) Spence Davis, Jr." Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory [Chattanooga, Tennessee] 8 Oct. 2008.

Photograph, Junior Davis, Digital Format, original belonging to Brenda Davis Cemel, Hixson, Tennessee, 2009.

4 comments:

Brenda Cemel said...

Thank you Judy for this wonderful remembrance of my dad. He truly loved his little sister, Marilee. He would always talk about the things they did, especially the mischievous ones!

Judith Richards Shubert said...

You're very welcome, Brenda. I was always so inspired by the love they had for one another. She loved to hear him tell those stories, as we all did.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Hi there. I proposed to my wife on the spot where this photo was taken!

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Judith Richards Shubert said...

How exciting, Saigon! Love that this photo has brought memories to you and to us as well. Thank you so much for sharing this with us and for looking at my blog.
Judy

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