OBITUARY

Dabney C. T. Davis Jr.

March 3, 1929January 10, 2021

Dabney C. T. Davis, Jr., age 91, passed away on January 10, 2021 in Rockledge, FL. He was born on March 3, 1929 in Elizabeth City, NC son of the late Dabney C. T. and Mariam Elizabeth (Odom) Davis, Sr. Graduate of old Orlando High School, class of 1947. Attended the Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg for one year. Post secondary education includes University of Florida (Gainesville) AA degree 1952, Florida Southern College (Lakeland) BS degree 1954, University of Colorado (Boulder) MA degree 1964. Post graduate work in Guidance and School Administration at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC and Boston University (Boston, MA). Mr. Davis served as a 1st LT in the US Army serving overseas as Provost Marshal in the 793rd Military Police BN, during the Occupation of Germany following WWII. Also, served a total of 10 years in the Army Active Reserve and Florida National Guard. He was an educator in the Public Schools of Brevard County, FL for 30 years. Seasonal Park Ranger for 16 summers with the National Park Service on George Washington Parkway in Northern Virginia. Special Agent with the Defense Investigative Service, Department of Defense in Northern Virginia and Kennedy Space Center for 9 years. Retired in August of 1993. He was a member of Central Florida Sons of American Revolution, Central Florida Phi Delta Theta fraternity alumni, Guardian Ad Litem Brevard Juvenile Court, Vestryman and usher for 50 years at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Volunteer Brevard Sharing Center, and a member of Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, Post 4534 Rockledge. Survivors include his brother Richard T. (Beverly) Davis, Sr., 3 nieces and 2 nephews. Summing up his work career he often stated “he did it all and enjoyed every minute of it.” His motto in life was “FREQUENTLY WRONG BUT NEVER IN DOUBT”

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Jean Studeman

January 18, 2021

I was first introduced to Dabney Davis as a student in his 8th grade American history class at Clearlake Jr. HS. I so enjoyed how he taught, and remember his having a photograph of Robert E. Lee in the classroom. As a cheerleader I also traveled on a school bus with him and the basketball team he coached to countless games. There were several times I landed on his foot when coming down from an enthusiastic jump to the bleacher bench. He forgave me each time. He later became a Guidance Counselor at Merritt Island HS and was a colleague and friend of my mother, Nell Jones, also a Guidance Counselor there. We continued our friendship through our membership at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and after my daughter, Leslie, was born, he became "Uncle Dabby" to her. She often sat with him while I sang in the choir. Our friendship continued through the years. He spoke at my mother's funeral in 2007. I last saw him March 2020 when I paid a visit to his house on Sweet Street. We had stories to tell and memories to recall. He was as sharp and witty as ever. He remains in my mind a most unique, interesting individual, and loveable as ever. Whenever I remember Dabney, I will always have a smile - his gift to me.

Amber Forrest

January 17, 2021

I used to encounter Dabney on his daily bike rides along Rockledge Drive when I was jogging the same route in the late 1990's into the 2000's. He would always be glad to stop for a bon mot and a high-five. We were both already "older" then, but I knew him from high school and college years when I was too old to be his student and too young to be his peer. He would laugh about the joys of living on Sweet Street and tell the story about his neighbor who, presumably when post offices were more forgiving or city lines more flexible, could have the address "22 Sweet, Cocoa, FL." You leave the world a poorer place for your absence, Dabney. Rest in peace.

Pamela Komara

January 15, 2021

Dabney was the most amazing client & friend that I have had the pleasure to know since 1986. He was kind, smart & so very witty! He always kept a room alive with his humor & great stories of his wonderful life & family! Dabney, you will be so greatly missed by all. Rest in peace! We love you! Pamela, Brandon, Alexandra & Austin ❤️

Anne Leightner Kienlen

January 14, 2021

Dabney & I were friends for about 35 years. I valued our long friendship, and will remember him and our shared memories.

GENNY NEO

January 13, 2021

I met Dabney on several occasions when visiting my sister in 2019. He is a very positive, cheerful and jovial guy. We love talking to him and hearing his jokes. I will always remember him as a Hero.

RIP ... Genny Neo (Singapore)

Mitch Morgan

January 13, 2021

Dabney was the consummate Southern Gentleman. He was a true lover of history, and proud of his Southern ancestry. Dabney was easy to talk to, and very witty. In high school he was my Guidance Counselor and provided excellent career advice. He truly cared about all of his students. Dabney was one of the nicest and most intelligent persons I have known. Rest in peace sir. You will be greatly missed.

Dean Hunter

January 13, 2021

Mr.Davis was a customer of Crest Cleaners in Cocoa for lot of years Enjoy seeing him I knew him at least 50 years.Will be miss.Dean Hunter

katherine davidson

January 13, 2021

I've known Dabney nearly my entire life. He knew my parents. We lived in the same neighborhood for years. I saw him daily in school, and around while he was out walking, walking, walking. What I remember most was his wry sense of humor, a bit of a smirk on his face. He always made me feel welcome, even years after I'd left Cocoa when I'd see him. He is a beloved part of my history, and I am glad to have so many good memories of him. Rest easy old friend.

Norm Channell

January 13, 2021

I remember Dabney from Cocoa High School (now Rockledge High) and really never got to know him until I volunteered to check in on him last year at his residence on Sweet St. We shared many memories and he shared his career in precise detail with me as we would chat for sometimes over an hour. I feel it is an honor to have gotten to know such a sweet gentleman and will miss those visits.

Linda and Dexter Beck

January 13, 2021

A remarkable man and teacher. Contributed so much to so many young people. A true southern gentleman, and an avid fan of the Florida Gators. Mr. D will truly be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY