George S. Davis (1930 - 2018)

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George S. Davis, 87, of Summit Hill, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning after a short illness.

He was born in Lansford, July 23, 1930, to John R. and Sarah Shire Davis.

George graduated from Summit Hill High School in 1948. He served as a sergeant in the Army during the Korean War.

He was married to the former Joan Kotzmoyer Davis in 1953, having been married for 49 years until her passing on March 24, 2001.

George first worked for Becker's in Tamaqua. He was a Bus Driver for the Panther Valley School District and worked at the Palmerton Zinc Co. After retirement, he worked part-time driving Motorcoach for the former Jim Thorpe Tours and later for Trans-Bridge. After he retired from driving Motorcoach, he spent many hours volunteering at the Summit Hill Food Pantry and traveling to his favorite place, Las Vegas. George also served as grand marshall for the Summit Hill Memorial Day Parade in 2005. George was involved in many civic activities, having been a member of the Summit Hill American Legion, and a life member of the Diligence Fire Company No. 1 where he served as fire chief from 1965 through 1980. He was also the fire company treasurer for many years. He was a member of the Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania, a life member of the Rainbow Hose Company No. 1 in Schuylkill Haven and a member of the Keystone State Fire Chief's Association. He was a 70-year member of the Summit Hill United Methodist Church. George also was a drummer in the Coaldale Victory Band from beginning to end. George was a 32-degree mason and was a member of the Carbon Lodge having attained 50 years as a member in 2017. He served as worship master of the former Panther Valley Lodge. He also held membership in Packer Commandery, Lilly Royal Arch Chapter and the Rajah Shrine. George was very involved in his Shrine activities and belonged to the Schuylkill Shrine Club where he was past president. He also belonged to the Carbon Shrine Club, Rajah Shrine Club, Rajah Legion of Honor, the Past Masters Club and the Order of Quetzalcoatl. He volunteered as a driver for the Shrine Hospital and served as captain for the "Paper Drive." George was also a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Hillbilly Clan No. 9, where he was selected "Hillbilly of the Year" in 2008.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joan; brothers, Harold, Edgar, and John F. Davis, and Daniel Clemmens.

He is survived by his daughters, Georgiann, with whom he resided, and Linda Mitchalk and her husband, Louis R., Summit Hill; grandchildren, Louis M. Mitchalk, Summit Hill, and Lindsey Kern and her husband, Michael, Chester Heights; a sister-in-law, Pearl Davis, Tamaqua; nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, with the Rev. Dan Meader officiating. Military interment will follow at GAR Cemetery, Summit Hill. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Summit Hill American Legion Service will be at 7:30 p.m. and Masonic Service at 7:45 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, contributions in George's memory, may be made to the Diligence Fire Company No. 1, Summit Hill, United Methodist Church or the of Philadelphia c/o the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at

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Published in Republican & Herald on Mar. 8, 2018
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