R. Bud Davis Jr.
April 29, 1922 – March 19, 2020
Romondo Davis Jr. (AKA) R. Bud Davis, age 97 of Albion, Michigan passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Vista Grande Villa, a retirement community in Jackson, Michigan.
Bud was born on April 29, 1922 in Albion to Romondo Davis Sr. and Julia M. Osborn.
He was married to Olivia Zenoniani, a high school class mate, in 1947. Olivia passed away in July of 2019, Prior to celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary.
Bud graduated from Albion’s Washington Gardner High School in June, 1939 and was immediately employed by the local Commercial and Savings Bank, where he remained until entering the Military Service in December of 1942.
He graduated from the U.S. Army Air Force Navigation School. He was commissioned a 2nd LT. and assigned to a B-17 Bomber Crew. After extensive training, the crew was assigned to the 385th heavy duty bombardment group, 8th Air Force, stationed in England until the end of the European Phase of WWII. He returned to the United States pending reassignment, and was discharged from the Air Force in December of 1945. He returned to the local Bank as assistant cashier. He resigned after 6 months upon appointment as City Clerk and Treasurer for the City of Albion. Bud resigned after 18 months to become Office Manager of Albion Industries, Inc., with two Associates. He became a majority interest holder and served as Vice President and Treasurer until retiring in June of 1970.
At various times during his business career, Bud served on the Board of Directors of Albion Industries, Inc., City Bank & Trust Co., Decker Mfg. Co, and Sheridan Industries, Inc. where he was also President and Treasurer. He was also a former member of the Albion College Board of Trustees.
Mr. Davis was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Albion, the Albion Elks Lodge #1798 (last of the charter members). The American Legion Post #55, Duck Lake Country Club, Royal Arch Masons, St. Albans 20, and a former member of the Jackson Country Club.
Mr. Davis and Olivia spent winters in Boca Raton, Florida form 1970 to 2007, where they were members of the Boca Raton Resort and Club. They moved to their carriage home at Vista Grande Villa, an Adult Community in Jackson, Michigan in October of 2011.
Mr. & Mrs. Davis were substantial supporters of the Restoration of the Bohm Theater and the Venue was designated as the Davis Center for Film and Performing Arts in their honor. In 2015 Albion College awarded its highest honor, The Briton Medallion to Mr. & Mrs. Davis in recognition of their strong support of the college. In 2016 Albion College dedicated the Davis Athletic Complex in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Davis for their major financial support of this project.
Mr. Davis was an ardent sports enthusiast and closely followed the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, and University of Michigan football and basketball teams.
Bud is survived by sons, Kent L. Davis of Albion and Mark O. Davis of Douglas, MI; grandsons, Jon M. Davis and Wm. Hart Davis; brother, Ben (Reba) Lark; brother in-laws, William Zenoniani, Lee (Carolyn) Zenoniani; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bud was preceded by his wife, Olivia Davis; mother, Julia M. Lark; step-father, Frank B. Lark; father, Romondo Davis and sisters, Dorothy Frye and Mary Ellen Kimball.
At his request, Bud has been cremated, and his private interment service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Albion at a later date. A Memorial Service to celebrate the gift of Bud’s life may be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church, 600 E. Michigan Avenue, Albion, MI 49224 or Albion Community Foundation, P.O. Box 156, Albion, MI 49224
Arrangements entrusted to J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, Michigan 49224
To leave online messages of condolence, please visit www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com
- Celebration of Life at a Later Date
R. Bud Davis Jr.
March 26, 2020
Bud was a fine man. Kent and family you have our condolences.
March 23, 2020
Kent, your dads picture reflects the way he always carried himself as a distinguished gentleman with a kind smile. Your parents were also great community participants with their resources. I would like to send my condolence to you and your family for your loss. Blessings to each of you!
Cousin PAULA TICE
March 21, 2020
I consider myself blessed to have had a Cousin like Bud Davis!! A gentle caring, soul, with a warm and giving heart!! His generosity was felt by family, friends and his community!! These recent times have been emotionally and physically difficult for Bud after his wife and soul mate Ruby passed away!! It was a privilege to know and be loved by my Cousin Bud Davis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Paula Nanette Osborne Tice
March 21, 2020
Kent, Mark, I am so very sorry to hear this. Your Dad and Mom took a great deal of care of me, loved me and looked out for me always, especially in the years following my Dad's death. I am grateful for having known them. My deepest sympathies to you,
March 21, 2020
In the late summer of 2018, my mother was moved to a care facility in Jackson. One of the first people I came across there, was Bud. We had some conversation, where I learned Mrs. Davis was also in the facility. I would have more conversations with Bud, as we went into the Fall.
I have not seen Mark since the teen years. I was fortunate to have Bud let me know what day he would be visiting.
Mr. and Mrs. Davis were outstanding people, their work in the community , never ending.
To Kent and Mark, our condolences. It was a pleasure knowing this gentleman.