ELIJAH TODD DAVIS - JERICHO - Elijah Todd Davis, 17, unexpectedly went home to be with his Lord and Savior early Sunday morning, July, 28, 2013. Born on Sept. 2, 1995, Elijah was a strong and loving young man. He was passionate about life and all he did. He had just graduated from Mount Mansfield Union High School in June. God gifted Elijah with a great musical ability. He was an amazing drummer and loved to play in church. He adored and tormented his high school band director, Mary Bauer, and still received the Mount Mansfield Union High School's Music Department Award at his honors night. Elijah was an active leader in his church Youth Group at Jericho Congregational Church spending many hours singing, worshiping and playing his beloved drums. He was a gifted speaker and this was evident during his senior testimony at church. Elijah began playing lacrosse in the fifth grade and continued throughout high school. He loved the sport and considered his team part of his family. Elijah also loved the challenging demands in wrestling and was a part of the team for two years. This experience helped him get and stay in physical shape. Being in top shape was important to Elijah. He was proud to have enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was scheduled to head to boot camp, at Parris Island, on Sept. 2, 2013, his 18th birthday. Elijah is survived by his loving parents, Gary and Tammy Davis; his siblings, Chelsea (Davis) and Adam Brittain of Biddeford, Maine, Clarissa, Cedric, Christiana, and Eleanor; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Elijah also leaves his beloved girlfriend, Crystal Lanpher; friend, Thomas Meyer: as well as his many other dear friends. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Clayton and Shirley Davis of Jericho; and maternal grandmother, Lynne C. Searle of Massachusetts. Visiting hours will be at the family home in Jericho, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from 3 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Jericho Congregational Church on the green in Jericho Center. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery immediately following the service. Arrangements in care of Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Elijah Davis Memorial Fund c/o Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 369, Jericho, VT 05465.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 30, 2013