Mr. Davis enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Louisville, on July 30, 1935 and retired in 1961 at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He earned numerous awards including: the American Defense Service Medal (fleet clasp), the Philippine Liberation Medal (2 Bronze Stars), the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Occupation Service (Medal Asia clasp), the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1 Silver and 2 Bronze Stars), the National Defense Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal (Silver and Bronze Stars), the Combat Action Ribbon, the World War II Victory Medal, and the American Campaign Service Medal.
He served aboard the USS Saratoga, USS Cabot, USS San Jacinto, USS Philippine Sea and the USS Tarawa during his 21 years of military service. A couple highlights of his naval career were being invited and attending the opening of President George H.W. Bush’s Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in 1998. And, he was invited and attended the commissioning of the USS George H. W. Bush Carrier in January 2009 in Norfolk, VA. Chief Petty Officer Davis and President Bush served together aboard the USS San Jacinto in the South Pacific.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ruby Nell Sledd Davis; son, Charles, and his wife, Ginny who reside in Merritt Island, Fla. and daughter, Brenda, who lives in Sharpe; step-grandson Master Sgt. Mike Mitchell (Air Force Reserves) who lives in Alvin, Texas with his wife Rebekah and sons Dylan and Garrett and step-daughter Alexis; and brother James and wife Geri who reside in Ledbetter.
He was preceded in death by his brother Howard and sisters Emma Lou and Mary Lucy. He was the son of Charles Courtney Davis and Junie Marie McCandless Davis.
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22 at Collier’s Funeral Home. Elder Robert Chandler officiated. Burial followed at Fooks Cemetery with full military honors.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Fooks Cemetery,c/o Paul Ward, 2295 Mt. Moriah Rd., Benton, KY 42025.