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Robert H. Davidson

Memphis, TN

Robert H. Davidson, 95, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 after a short illness. Mr. Davidson, a well-known realtor and homebuilder in the Memphis area was also a former 1st Sergeant who retired after 20 years of service from the United States Marine Corps. He also served as a reservist for another 10 years, totaling 30 years of service to his country. Mr. Davidson was born in Centralia, Missouri. He was loving husband, father, grand-father and great-grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

Mr. Davidson joined the USMC in March of 1942, three months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He proudly served his country in the Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII including the Solomon Islands Campaign, the New Georgia Campaign, and the 2nd Battle of Guam. He also served in China during the Communist takeover, and in the Korean War at the Battle of Pusan and the Chosin Reservoir Campaign, for which he received numerous honors and medals of accommodation. After the Korean War, he was sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and then served as an aircraft maintenance instructor at the Naval Air Station in Millington, Tennessee. His final duty station was as a Marine Corp detachment leader aboard the USS Oklahoma City. Mr. Davidson retired from the USMC in Long Beach, California in 1962 and returned to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended college at Memphis State University under the GI Bill. He then started a career as a realtor and home builder. Mr. Davidson retired from home construction in 2005, although he continued as a realtor because he enjoyed helping people realize the American Dream of home ownership. Throughout his retirement, he remained active in the Walter K. Singleton Marine Corp League of Memphis where he took pleasure in raising money for Toys for Tots, and the Forever Young Veterans Organization, a local, non-profit organization that offers honor, healing, and hope for all veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He also loved representing the military in various local appearances in the Mid-South area. One of his all-time favorite appearances occurred on July 4, 2012, where he was honored by the Memphis Redbirds in throwing out the opening pitch at a home game. Mr. Davidson is preceded in death by his parents Mary Ethel (Allen) and Spencer Tucker Davidson and his wife of 72 years, Emma Sue Davidson. He is survived by his children, Carolyn (Richard) Gregory, Linda (Eugene) LeBlanc, Bobby Davidson, and Rhonda (Jeff) Harris; his five grandchildren, Shaun (Jennifer) LeBlanc, James Robert LeBlanc, Trey Davidson, Clarke (Angel) Harris, and Jessica Harris and his great-grandchildren, Lydia and Lillian LeBlanc. Mr. Davidson is also survived by a sister, Wanda Garnett of Laddonia, Missouri and a brother, Richard Davidson of Columbia, Missouri.

A Military Honors Ceremony will be held on July 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm. at the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at 4000 Forest Hill-Irene Road in Memphis. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Forever Young Organization at www.foreveryoungvets.org.

High Point Funeral Home, 901-454-5795
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 23, 2017
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