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Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Virgil H. Davis

May 11, 1938April 21, 2020
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Virgil H. Davis passed away on April 21st, 2020 at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was 81.

Born on May 11th, 1938 to the late Henry F. Davis and Roxie Davis (née Conway) in Lawrence County, Tennessee, young Virgil went to school and picked cotton on the farm in Middle Tennessee until his father received ordination in the Methodist Church.

Virgil earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

He developed an interest early on in amateur radio after serving in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Foothills Craft Guild and was well-regarded for his Shaker-style black ash basketry.

Virgil believed that with a little work the world could become a better place. Whether as the Director of Community and Economic Development for the city of Knoxville, delivering the mail or working as a Branch Manager for the USPS, teaching Political Science at Pellissippi State Community College, or volunteering with Concord United Methodist Church, helping people and communities that need assistance was a worthwhile way to lead a life.

Virgil is survived by his wife Judy; his son Jon, daughter-in-law Lisa, two grandchildren Harry and Maggie of Greenville, SC; two sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. He now joins his parents, his big brother Bill, and Francis, a sister who died a few months before Virgil was born.

Due to the current COVID-19 gathering restrictions in Tennessee, a small private graveside service will be held on Friday at Berry Highland Memorial. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Friends may leave their thoughts and memories at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/ or UMCOR at https://advance.umcor.org/.

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Pam Jordan

April 29, 2020

Dear Judy, Jon and Family: Please accept our condolences. Virgil and I worked together at the Mayor’s Office many moons ago (1976-83). It gives me joy to now reflect on those days and Virgil’s calm influence. Peace and love to all of you.
Pam (King) Jordan and David Jordan

Jerry deLaurentis

April 27, 2020

Dear Judy, I am sadden to hear of Virgil's death. He was such an outstanding man who shared his love making ash baskets with me and the other members of our local group, Odd's N' Ends. I will miss his quite and unassuming manner , his patience for teaching us how to make baskets and is willingness to help me on many occasions. I will keep you in my prayers during this sorrowful time. Please know, I am available to help you when it is needed.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Jerry deLaurentis

Ann Fairhurst

April 26, 2020

Oh Judy I am so sorry. I can empathize with what you are going through. Losing a husband is so difficult. You are on my mind
Love,
Ann Fairhurst

David Carden

April 26, 2020

My wife Joyce and I knew Virgil from the time he was a member of Pellissippi United Methodist Church. When Pellissippi UMC closed, we transferred to Concord UMC where we have been members along with Virgil and Judy. He has always been a very kind and generous man who was an example of how a Christian should live and always had a smile on his face. We will miss him.

Royce Parman

April 25, 2020

I will miss Virgil a lot as his friendship meant a lot to me. I never failed to respect Virgil’s actions and his behavior. I don’t think he ever showed disrespect toward a friend or an acquaintance. I have crossed paths with him since he and I shared adjoining offices on the University of Tennessee campus and have known him better through common interests in basket making. We were very excited when we were at an auction of a basket collection and one of Virgil’s Nantucket baskets came up. We always looked forward to seeing Virgil and Judy at the Jacobs building during the Southern Highlands crafts show and sale. I was looking forward to Virgil coming to our home and working with me on some woodworking project. I miss Virgil already. A very respectable man and friend!

steve bebb

April 25, 2020

Judy i hate for our world to lose Virgil! To me he was a shining light. At MTSU we became friends an I feel bad That I never came to see him but I have not been able to walk or drive for several years. He was a fine man. At MTSU he let me borrow his car when I had a date and we made several trips to Savannah to see Jim Johnson! RIP Virgil!

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High school senior

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US Air Force

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Air Force base basketball team

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High school senior

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US Air Force

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Air Force base basketball team

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June 24, 1962

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November 1969, with Jon at 1YO

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Late 1990s

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As Jon’s best man, January 20 2001

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January 20, 2001

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