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Daniel Davies

1928 - 2017
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Davies, Daniel , 89, long-time resident of Rockledge, Florida, peacefully went to Heaven on October 15, 2017. He was born in Smiths Crossroads, South Hill, Virginia on July 27, 1928, to Richard Wayland Davies and Elise Perkinson Davies. At the age of six, he moved to Cross City, Florida, where he later graduated as class valedictorian in 1946. Thereafter, Dan enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years in Friedberg, Germany as a financial officer. When Dan returned to the U.S., he enrolled at the University of Florida and studied accounting for three years, receiving his B.S. degree in Business Administration with High Honors in 1952. Dan then moved to Governors Island, New York, as a 2nd Lieutenant to work as a financial officer for the U.S. Army at #2 Wall Street in Manhattan, New York. Dan eventually moved to Brevard County, Florida to work as a Certified Public Accountant. In 1956, Dan met Ruth Lewis, the love of his life. After a four-month courtship, they became husband and wife on December 29, 1956. Over the next six years, Dan and Ruth were blessed with four children. During this time, Dan opened his own accounting firm, where he worked as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner. After many years of dedicated service, he retired from what eventually became known as Davies, Houser & Secrest in 2002. Over the years, Dan often said, "It's not about me, it's about God." Dan did his best to live his philosophy by dedicating himself to his church and various Baptist Associations. Dan also enjoyed giving back to his community in various ways, serving on the Board or as President of numerous charitable organizations. Throughout his life, Dan was an avid reader, loved listening to classical music, and enjoyed playing chess and bridge. He was a down-to-earth man who sought no attention or accolades. Despite this fact, he was well known for his intellectual prowess, his dry sense of humor, and his kind and generous heart. He was a devoted and loving husband and father who will be missed dearly by all who knew him. Dan and Ruth enjoyed 55 years together before she was taken to Heaven in 2012. Until his passing, Dan often stated that Ruth was the best thing that ever happened to him. It is comforting to know that they are now together again, in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In addition to his parents and wife, Dan was predeceased by his brother, John W. Davies of Orlando, Florida. Dan is survived by his four children, Cynthia Davies Aebli of Orlando, Richard M. Davies (Michelle) of Viera, Yvonne Davies Gaj (Mitchell) of Oviedo, and Kathleen S. Davies of Rockledge/Orlando. He leaves behind five grandchildren, Colin, Kristin, Ashley, Kevin and Aidan, and two siblings, Jane Meek of Atlanta, Georgia and Walter Davies of Clearwater, Florida. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Cocoa, 750 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa, Florida. A Visitation with the family will be held immediately prior to the service, at 1:00 p.m.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 22, 2017
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