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Raymond G. Davis

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GENERAL RAYMOND G. DAVIS, USMCRetired, 88, of Rockdale County, died September 3, 2003. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Knox Heafner Davis, sons, Raymond G. Davis Jr. of Covington and G. Miles Davis of Seminole, Ala; daughter, Willa Kay Kerr of Rockdale County; grandchildren, Jeff Davis, Beth Clark, Spencer Davis, Adam Davis, Shana Kerr, Erin Kerr, Hailey Kerr and great-grandchildren, Matthew Clark and Nathan Davis.Born in Fitzgerald, Ga. in 1915, General Davis graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1937 with a degree in chemical engineering. He spent his life serving America through the U.S. Marine Corps, earning four stars and serving as Assistant Commandant of the Corps during his 34-year career. The General fought in the Pacific theatre in World War II, earned the Medal of Honor at the Battle for Chosin Reservoir in Korea, and led the Marines into Viet Nam. One of the most decorated of all veterans, General Davis also earned the Navy Cross, two Distinguished Service Medals, two Silver Stars, two Legion of Merit Awards, a Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, five Presidential Unit Citations, and three Naval Unit Citations. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1973, he served as the Executive Vice President for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. His passion throughout the last two decades of his life, however, was working on behalf of veterans and speaking out across America on the importance of keeping our nation strong and free. It was his privilege to chair the committee which labored eight years to establish, build, and (in 1995) dedicate the spectacular Korean Veterans Memorial (adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial) in Washington, D.C.In additon to enjoying time with his family, the General served his community in many capacities, and cherished his years as a Sunday school teacher for the Conyers First United Methodist Church on Main Street.Funeral services for General Davis will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2003 at Conyers First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Forestlawn Memorial Gardens in College Park. Visitation will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00-8:00 p.m. with family present on Saturday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to the Gen. Raymond G. Davis Endowment Fund, Georgia Tech Foundation and sent to Ms. Pat C. Barton, Office of Development, Georgia Tech, 177 North Avenue, N.W., Atlanta, GA. 30332-0220. Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Rockdale Chapel, 770-918-8851.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 6, 2003
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