Joseph Hodge Davis, age 77, of Castle Hayne, went to meet our Lord on Thursday, Jan 24th 2013. He was born in the Faison's Old Tavern Community near Conway. He was a member of Galatia Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by parents Arthur Turner Davis and Clara Jane Davis; sisters Ollie Taylor Eure and Elvira Butler.

Survivors include his children Jeannie Wade (John) of Wilmington NC, Joey Davis (Lisa) of Florence, SC, Jill Helm (Jeff) of Grand Prairie, TX, Jim Davis (Erin) of Jacksonville, FL, Jeff Davis (Dora) of Carolina Beach NC; grandchildren Raina Brothers, Domenic Battelli, Adam Helm, Jobi McAllister, Sean Helm, Chris Battelli, Johan Sanchez, Sierra Davis, Skye Davis, and Reef Davis; great-grandchildren Landon Battelli, Kendra Battelli and Zenobi Morse. He was also survived by brothers Elliott Davis and Marion Davis (Linda), and many nieces and nephews. It is a large family who all loved him very much.

His military service spanned from July 1955 through August 1975; including tours in Vietnam, Thailand and Korea. After earning an Electrician Degree from Wilson County Technical Institute, he worked another 20 years at Kmart in Wilmington; retiring with many lifelong friends. After his second retirement he enjoyed many more years with his friends at Surf City.

A memorial service will be held at 3pm Friday, February 1st at Port City Community Church in Wilmington. A graveside service will be held at 2pm Saturday, February, 2nd at the Davis Family Cemetery in the Faison's Old Tavern Community.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2013