IRONTON — David J. Davis, 83, of Ironton passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at Kings Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky.
He was born Jan. 2, 1926 in Ironton, the son of the late J. Benson and Georgiana (Kouns) Davis. He graduated from Ironton High School in 1943 and on Oct. 9, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served on the USS Memphis and USS Wisconsin. He was also a WWII veteran.
In 1950 he graduated from Marshall University and was employed as the superintendent of Woodland Cemetery. He was also employed by Allied Chemicals for 27 years and Aristech Chemicals for 10 years, retiring after 37 years of service.
He was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Ironton, served on the City of Ironton’s Civil Service Board for 10 years, was the President for Tri-State Personnel Association for seven years, member of the Ironton Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Symmes Creek Fishing Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Leah Rose Davis whom he married Dec. 6, 1946.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Combs Davis; three sons: Dr. John D. “Jack” and Jeannine Davis of Ironton; Daniel James and Debbie Davis of Bellevue, Ky. and William J. and Kim Davis of Ashland, Ky.; three stepchildren: Sandy and Elliot Smith of Lafayette, La.; Ronald Mark and Carolyn Combs of Baton Rogue, La. and Sheila and Robert Combs Fox of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren: Brett Davis of Raleigh, N.C., Dr. John Todd and Christi Davis of Ironton, Tara and Dr. Joseph Leith of Ironton, Jeff Davis of Cincinnati, Andy and Yessica Davis of Oregon and Nathan Davis of Sandy Hook, Ky.; seven step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at the Tracy Brammer Funeral Home with the Rev. Jan Williams and Pastor Ryan Mckee officiating. Internment will follow in Woodland Cemetery.
Friends may call the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 and one hour prior to the service on Monday. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial contributions can be made to Ironton in Bloom, P.O. Box 4495, Ironton, OH 45638.