Pastor Virgil R. Davis, 88, Inverness, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Citrus Memorial Hospital. He was born May 7, 1924, in Winter Haven, Fla., to the late Floyd and Elizabeth (Leidy) Davis. After relocating from Hollywood, Fla., with his family, he organized the Missionary Baptist Church on Turner Camp Road in Inverness, where he pastored for 25 years. At the same time, he owned Countryside Real Estate Company as a licensed broker. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, and wood working. Pastor Davis served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps
during World War II
in the Philippines, where he was wounded twice and awarded the Purple Heart
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years, Virginia C. Davis; his children, Melody (James) Wills, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Mark Davis, Inverness; Michael (Terri) Davis, Inverness; Marsha Stevenson, Inverness; two sisters, Dottie Davis and Jeanne Sefton, both of Pompano; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Davis.
Pastor Davis' life will be honored at a funeral service 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Troy Sheppard officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:30 until the hour of service.