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Marion ""Doc"" B. Davis, Sr., 92, of Marianna went home to heaven on February 3, 2013 after a brief illness at Jackson Hospital.
Marion, affectionately known as Doc, was born in Farmdale, FL on Dec 11, 1920 to Mood and Mabel Davis and later moved to Panama City after Tyndal Airforce Base took over. He attended Georgia Southern College where he met his future wife, Mary, marrying her on December 16, 1944 in Boca Roton, Fl. After serving in the Army Air Corps as a pilot and night fighter radar cadet on a P61 Black Widow during WW II, he was discharged as a First Lieutenant in Fresno, California. He then returned to finish optometry school graduating with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1946 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. They moved to Marianna where he opened his practice of optometry in 1947 and practiced for fifty years.
He was a lifelong active member of the First United Methodist Church, the Dean Scagg's Sunday School Class, president several times of the Methodist Mens and a member of the Full Gospel Businessman organization. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Marianna for 57 years and a Paul Harris Fellow.
He enjoyed dove hunting, horseback riding and working on his ranch. He and Gran enjoyed staying at their mountain house in Hiawassee, Ga. and relaxing at their lakehouse at Compass Lake in the summer. He loved his wife and family but most of all he loved God.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary T. Davis, brother Joe Fern Davis of Chipley, and his loving daughter, Sandra Davis Cook of Marianna, Fl.
He is survived by his sons Marion Bert Davis, Jr., and wife Karen, Jeffrey K. Davis and wife Donna, son-in-law Larry J. Cook and wife Glenda, 10 grandchildren, Brantley Cook, Cassidy Cook and wife Stephanie, Analie Cook-Carr and husband Owen, Meghan Davis Grimsley and husband Owen, Elizabeth Davis Grimsley and husband Matt, Mackenzie Davis, Joseph Davis, Sianna Davis, Adam Cheaney, B.J. McDaniel and 7 great grandchildren, Abbie, Walker, Wyatt, Addy, Ava, Benton, and Drake. He is also survived by his 100 year old sister-in-law Lotta Davis of Chipley and daughter Cheryl Jolin Turner-Suarez of Miami.
Celebration of his life will be Tuesday, February 5, 2013from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center. Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 6th at 2 PM at the First United Methodist Church with burial following at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. The Revs. Bill Elwell, Connie Farnell and LaVon Pettis will officiate and Marianna Chapel Funeral Home will direct.
Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online at www.mariannachapelfh.com.
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Published in Panama City News Herald on Feb. 5, 2013