James Bryan Davis Sr.

May 17, 1946March 29, 2021

Mr. James Bryan Davis Sr., 74, of Lenoir passed away on March 29, 2021 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Mr. Davis was born May 17, 1946 in Caldwell County to the late Walter McKinley Davis Sr. and Norma Bryson Davis.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara Barnette Davis, brothers, Don, John, Wallace, Jr. and Jack Davis and sisters, Dorothy Davis and Barbara Davis.

Mr. Davis was an accomplished saxophone musician who was in high demand and sought after around the country for his musical abilities. He started playing in his very first band at the age of 13. During his musical career, he had the privilege to play with several famous musicians including Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys and Jerry Lee Lewis to name only a few and he also opened a concert for Elvis Presley. James was an avid classic car collector and was a member of the Lenoir Cruisers. He was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Bryan Davis (Rebekah) of Lenoir, Victor Davis (Amy) of Granite Falls, daughter, Crystal Davis (Randy) of Granite Falls, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Davis will be held privately.

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Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. James Bryan Davis Sr.


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Lee Harwell

April 6, 2021

In memory of Jimmy and his God given amazing talent.

Song #1 features Jimmy on saxophone.

Song #3 features Jimmy on flute.

Rest in God's light and heavenly peace, Jimmy.

Glenda Suddreth

April 2, 2021

So sorry to hear of Jimmy passing. He was a classmate, neighbor and friend. I will always have good memories of our growing up years and feel so blessed to have been able to enjoy his music. I remember with joy hearing him play in talent shows at school. Please know that my thoughts are with the family.

Jan Anderson Lail Pritchard

April 2, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's death and I send heartfelt prayers of comfort during this sad time. Jim and I have been friends from childhood -- going to school together and sharing family visits. He was an amazing musician, and he thrilled our classmates at our reunion by playing his saxophone with his band and his son. I know how devastated he was at the death of his beloved Barbara, and I pray that they are once again reunited. I also know how much he loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He talked about your with great pride. We will all miss his beautiful smile, his great sense of humor, and his wonderful music.

Greg Conrad

April 1, 2021

I've know Jimmy since 1970 when I played in a band with him. He was not only a great musician, but a great friend and a music mentor. Jimmy and I remained friends and bandmates thru the years. The last band that we played together in was "Band of Brothers" that played up until about 2018. I will always have fond memories of Jimmy. RIP my old friend !

Debi Nelson

March 31, 2021

Oh Jimmy. I remember so many things, like the time you took us to see the Monkees and Jimmy Hendrix and all the stories about your tours. Loved talking them and hearing you play the sax.
Such sweet memories. I will miss you. God has you now. Play sweet music in heaven.

Debi and Dana Nelson