Alexander D. Davis Jr.

  • "Big Al, A year has passed since you left us and just want..."
    - Joseph Brundy
  • "One year today. RIP Big AL. We miss you. Rossie &..."
  • "Big Al, Went to the Jazz Festival last week. On Saturday,..."
    - Joseph Brundy
  • "Missing and Loving you always. Karen"
    - Karen Davis
  • "Big Al, The Richmond Jazz Festival is approaching in a..."
    - Joseph Brundy

On Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, a beautiful summer evening, retired Col. Alexander David Davis Jr. was suddenly called home to be with Lord. Sonny was born March 15, 1961, at George Air Force Base, Victorville, Calif., the only son of Dorothy M. and the late Alexander Davis.

On a hill, high above the Appomattox at Virginia State University, he earned his bachelor's degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He found the love of his life, Karen F. Chapman of Smithfield, Va., and on Sept. 17, 1988, they were joined in marriage. From this union came two beautiful girls, Alexis Nicole "Nikki," 20, and Aaren Daniel Davis, 17.

"Big Al" had an illustrious career of 26 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a full bird colonel. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He was an avid golf player and an outstanding husband and father a wonderful son and brother.

He was preceded in death by: his father, Alexander Davis Sr., and a sister, Carol Ann Davis.

He is survived by: his beloved wife, Karen Chapman Davis; two daughters, Alexis Nicole and Aaren Danelle; two sisters, Alexis of Newport News and Joyce Davis of Hampton; his father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Chapman of Smithfield; and a host of nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

Services for reitred Col. Alexander D. "Sonny" Davis Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept.13, 2013, at Fort Lee Memorial Chapel, 10600 Sisisky Ave., Fort Lee, and at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 229 N. King St., Hampton, the Rev. Dr. Richard W. Wills Sr., pastor, eulogist. The interment to follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens, 155 Butler Farm Road, Hampton.

The family will receive friends 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to retired Col. Davis at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-732-8911,
Published in The Progress-Index from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11, 2013
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