KINSTON - Norman Davis, 88, of Kinston, N.C. died peacefully on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Harmony Hall Nursing Home. He was a retired miller, farmer and mail carrier. Known by family and friends as a gentle compassionate man, he went home to be with his Lord after serving his country, his community and his Lord well. He served in WWII in the South Pacific Theatre, as a gunner's mate on the destroyer, the USS Mertz. He was a proud American who was always glad to meet other brave veterans. He actually witnessed the signing of the peace treaty at the end of WW II, because his ship accompanied the USS Missouri, where the treaty was signed by the American and Japanese officials. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Kinston, and also a member of the Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge in Pink Hill. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ellis Davis and Beulah Whaley Davis; and a brother, Roger "Six Spot" Davis and wife Grace, of Deep Run. Survivors include his wife, Frances Wade Davis of 58 years of the home; a son, Norman Jr. and wife Kay, of La Grange; a granddaughter, Holly Davis Gentry and husband Mark, of Goldsboro, a granddaughter, Dana Davis Thacker and husband David, of Robbinsville; and five great-grandchildren, Melissa, Andrew, Luke, and Anna Thacker of Robbinsville, and Scott Gentry of Goldsboro. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at Garner Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Garner Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmie Williams and the Rev. Wayne Atkins officiating. Internment will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Arrangements are by Garner Funeral Home. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Mar. 8 to Mar. 11, 2013