Mr. Charles Richard "Dick" Davis

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CAHABA HEIGHTS - Charles R. "Dick" Davis, of Cahaba Heights, passed away on Aug. 3, 2009. He was the son of Joe K. and Lois Davis, born in Dallas, Ga. on Aug. 16, 1926. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Dot Gaitten; brothers, Tom Davis and Joe Davis Jr. Dick is survived by his wife of 53 years, Reita Davis; sisters, Sue D. Cochran (James) and Betty D. Ward both of Sylacauga; as well as 19 nieces and nephews. Dick joined the U.S. Navy at age 16, following in his brother's footsteps. Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Navy (1943-1947) on the USS Courier, Destroyer Escort DE 700. This Ship participated in the invasion of southern France and later was attached to the Pacific Fleet. His Ship was responsible for rescuing numerous crew members of the B29's that had to ditch in the ocean. Mr. Davis was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of The University of South Carolina, which he attended on a boxing scholarship. He won several Golden Glove Championships and was Gulf Fleet Champion in the Navy. Following graduation from USC, he was the first Director of the South Columbus Georgia Boys Club, where he met his future wife, Reita Sample. Mr. Davis had a 26 year career in insurance, during which he worked for Kemper and Commercial Union Insurance Companies, retiring from the latter in 1988. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are active members of Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church, where he sang in the church choir and had served on the church council. Mr. Davis was active in the community. He enjoyed teaching the techniques of boxing to boys at the Shades Valley YMCA. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason, belonging to the A&A Scottish Rite and Shades Valley Lodge. Dick Davis had a passion for all kinds of music and played the piano, the guitar, and the harmonica. He loved singing and teaching music to his relatives. He served as president of the Israel Pickens Davis Family Reunion for over 30 years. Each year he sang a family song which he had written. The family wishes to thank the staff of Shelby Ridge for their compassionate and loving care during Dick's last months of life. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church, 3139 Cahaba Heights Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243, Alzheimer's of Central Alabama, 300 Office Park Dr. Mountain Brook, AL 35223 or New Beacon Hospice, 2145 Highland Ave., Birmingham, AL 35205. Visitation will be held at Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Funeral services will be held at Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m., with burial to follow at 3:30 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga. Ridout's Valley Chapel in Homewood (205-879-3401) is directing the service.
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Published in The Daily Home on Aug. 5, 2009
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