Mr. Percy Leroy Davis Jr., 91, passed away unto peaceful rest Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.
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He was born Nov. 11, 1921, to the late Percy Sr. and Grace Reese Davis in Petersburg, Va. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Randolph Reese Davis.
Percy was a graduate of Peabody High School and Virginia State College (now Virginia State University) where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts and later a Master of Education in Guidance Counseling.
He also served in the United States Army during World War II, receiving training in aircraft mechanics. He was stationed at Lincoln, Neb., Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Howard University before being sent overseas to Italy with the 92nd Division.
Percy was employed early in his career as an industrial arts and vocational educator in the Bristol, Cumberland and Richmond Public School Systems. He also enjoyed working briefly as a drafting/ engineering aide with the Design Division of the Richmond Department of Public Works. However, the love of teaching and the engaging of young minds beckoned him to return to his passion for the field of education. Percy retired after 25 years of service to the Petersburg Public School System working most notably as the vocational education guidance counselor at Peabody Jr. High School. After retirement, he continued to work with secondary school students through the Upward Bound Program at Virginia State University.
Percy married fellow Delectable Heights childhood neighbor Geraldine Armstrong on Aug. 19, 1952. While always the devoted husband and family man, Percy's first and greatest treasure was found in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ — his Saviour, Lord and Friend. This relationship was expressed in word and deed among his family, larger community and as a lifelong member of Zion Baptist Church in Petersburg, Va. There he served faithfully in many capacities including the Board of Evangelism, the Board of Christian Education and as a 40 year member and past chairman of the Deacon Board.
Percy was still a warm smile, a kind word, a gentleman and for that he will be forever loved by his wife of 60 years, Geraldine Armstrong Davis; sons, Percy L. Davis, III (Sharon) and Gerald I. Davis; daughters, Camille Davis Thornton and Sareese E. Davis; and granddaughter, Elaina N. Davis.
Also cherishing fond memories of love are his sister, Artiemisha D. Harrison; sisters-in-law, Muriel Wilkerson and Dorothy Walton (Roy); brother-in-law, Robert Armstrong Jr.; nephews, Randolph Harrison (Angela), John Wilkerson Jr. (Bettye), Garland Wilkerson Sr. (Jennifer), Robert Armstrong III (Carla) and Timothy Parker Sr.; nieces, Phyllis Wright, Pamela Sutton (Emerson) and Robin Wimbush; cousins, Ruth Campbell, Victor Green and Lorna Harris; and a host of other relatives, friends, neighbors, former students, education colleagues and church family.
A funeral service for Mr. Percy L. Davis Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Zion Baptist Church, 225 Byrne Street, Petersburg, Va., with the Rev. Dr. Archie German, interim pastor, officiating and the Rev Dr. Andrew J. White Sr., pastor emeritus, eulogist. Interment to will be held at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the funeral establishment.
The family will also receive friends at the 614 St. Mark Street, Petersburg, Va., and may be contacted by calling 804-862-3388.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Davis at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Jan. 16 to Jan. 20, 2013