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Jimmy R. Davis of Auburn, Alabama, formerly of Gainesville, FL passed away January 1, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on January 19, 1934. He was predeceased by his parents Lyle M. Coker and Margaret Cox Coker.

Mr. Davis was reared in Ashville, Alabama and was graduated from Arab High School. He attended Auburn University and served in the United States Army. Mr. Davis was an entrepreneur after retiring from General Motors, where he worked for 14 years.

He is survived by nine children, J. Michael Davis (Margaret) of Auburn, AL, Melanie Davis King of Dunwoody, GA; Richard M. Davis (Mary) of Dadeville, AL; Victoria Davis Nettles (Robert) of Mascotte, FL, Kendall Davis of Arab, AL; Nick Davis (Sergio Marentes) of Gainesville, FL; Matthew Davis of Portland, OR, Calla Maria Davis Boozer (David) of Portland, OR and Andrew Davis of Nicholson, GA. He enjoyed 21 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister M. Gail Allen (Normand) of Savannah, GA, and a brother Donald R. Davis (Ellen) of Flowery Branch, GA.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Davis will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, January 4, 2013, at the outdoor Chapel at the Ashville City Cemetery in Ashville, Alabama, with Rev. Ed Cruce officiating.

For those who prefer to make a charitable donation in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Ashville Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, PO Box 54, Ashville, AL 35953 or to the Auburn University Foundation for the Margaret Cox Coker Scholarship Fund, 317 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36849.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2013
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