Born: Aug. 25, 1917; in Carbondale, IL
Died: Aug. 10, 2014; in Hines, IL
James "J.R." Davis, age 96, of Wilmington, passed away August 10, 2014, at Hines VA Medical Center.
Born August 25, 1917, in Carbondale, IL, James Raymond was a son of the late John Raymond and Mella Catherine (Kirk) Davis. He graduated from high school in Carlisle and went on to honorably serve in the US Navy during WWII.
He served in the Pacific Theater of operations; was involved in the Battle of Saipan, and was a Purple Heart recipient. Following his honorable discharge from service, James went on to gain to his Masters Degree in Education. Mr. Davis served as Principal in Chrisman, IL prior to becoming Superintendent of schools in Gilman and later for the Wilmington School District. Following his career in education, he sold real estate for the Bale Agency in Wilmington until his retirement.
James was a lifetime member of the Wilmington VFW, belonged to the Wilmington American Legion and the A.F. & A.M. He was also a former member of the Wilmington Rotary and the Wilmington Moose Lodge. J.R. loved to read and watch the History Channel. His kids and grandchildren were very important to him, and he enjoyed attending and keeping up with all of their activities.
Survivors include his children: Kirk Davis of Limestone Twp, Brent(Sandy) Davis of Wilmington, Chanson (the late Michael) Ponton of Bourbonnais, Rory (Renee) Davis of Monee and Desiree (Thomas) McCormick of Wilmington; eleven grandchildren: Brent, Jr., Davita, Trent and Kaylie Davis, James, Cory and Taylor Ponton, Jacob, Jason, Joel and Joe Davis; three great grandchildren: Alyssa and Aleyna Findlay and Cason Davis and one great-great grandson Kaiden Burley; two sisters: Eugena Marshall of Odin, Illinois and Quinnie Hubbell of Louisiana; one brother-in-law Fred Rushing of Odin and one sister-in-law Barbara Davis of Virginia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
James was preceded by his parents; loving wife of 50 years Barbara; son-in-law Michael Ponton; five sisters and one brother.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 12th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd. in Wilmington. Funeral services will follow Wednesday, August 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will be in Abraham Lincoln Cemetery, Elwood.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in James' memory to Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Online guest book: www.BaskervilleFuneral.com
Published in The Herald-News on Aug. 11, 2014