OBITUARY

Jerry Gill Davis

February 25, 1944June 7, 2021
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Jerry Gill Davis, age 77, of Wesley Chapel, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on June 7, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Wesley Chapel, N.C. on February 25, 1944, son of the late Lee and Hattie Steele Davis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Vivian Irene Davis and by his first wife, Sandra Medlin Davis.

Mr. Davis was a graduate of Sun Valley High School in 1962. He graduated from Wingate Junior College, received his BS in Agriculture Education at NC State University and his Masters in Agriculture Education at NC State University. He was the Agriculture Teacher at Bowman High School, Forest Hills High School and Indian Land High School. He also served as the Western Region Agriculture Education Coordinator. Jerry was awarded the Honorary American Degree, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and the Indian Land High School Outstanding Teacher for 4 consecutive years. He was a member of multiple organizations including Union United Methodist Church, was an FFA Advisor, NCATA (North Carolina Association of Agriculture Teachers Association), he was the Union County Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner, a member of the Farm Bureau, Wesley Chapel Park and Recreation Committee, the Union County Cattlemen’s Association and Wesley Chapel Fire Department Board of Directors.

Jerry Davis quote “When you see students be successful and even after they get out of school you see them in careers… I think that’s probably the most important thing for me” Mr. Davis is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Jean Davis; his daughter, Sherry Tupper and husband, Brian; his son, Brian Davis and wife, Melissa and son, Chris Davis and wife, Lisa; his grandchildren, Bryce Davis, Braydon Davis, Brandy Crosson, Nicole Lear, Graham Tupper and Jessica Tupper and by his great-grandchildren, Sophie Crosson, Taryn Crosson, Christopher Crosson, Avery Lear and Kye Lear. The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 9:00pm Thursday, June 10, 2021 at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Davis will be held at 2:00pm Friday, June 11, 2021 at Siler Presbyterian Church. A private interment will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to NC FFA Foundation, NCSU Campus Box 7654, Raleigh, NC 27695-7654 or SC FFA Foundation, % Frank Stover, Jr. + Pelion High School, 600 Lydia Drive, Pelion, SC 29123 or Community Home Care & Hospice, 156 Corporate Blvd., Indian Trail, NC 28079 or to the Council on Aging in Union County, 1401 Skyway Drive, Monroe, NC 28110. McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is honored to serve the family of Mr. Jerry Davis.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, June 11, 2021

Memories

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Colleen Cox

June 18, 2021

Mr. Jerry was a kind, sweet and loving soul. I enjoyed time spent with him as I volunteered in The House Next Door. He was always cooperative and we talked about our former years with the school system. He attempted to do anything that we offered as activities, food, etc. Always smiling and agreeing. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him. My condolence to the family! Colleen Cox COA volunteer

Brenda Buckner

June 15, 2021

The world has lost an incredible life. Our family has had fond memories of Jerry and your family.
You have our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy..
May God’s comfort and peace abide with you.

Melissa Griffin

June 11, 2021

Best teacher ever! I have so many good memories in his classes.

Andrew Williams

June 11, 2021

There are tons of memories and thoughts i could share but I’m not sure it would let me carry on that long. I know when i walked into that ag room in the 9th grade, i not only met my teacher and advisor, i met a friend. That’s what Mr Davis was most to me, my friend. His way of seeing all the good in situations and people first off gave me a chance at anything and everything i wanted to be, but also molded my visions on everything in life. He taught us that by doin what a true leader does, lead by example. I know when we adopted the quote,”Leadership is not a position, it’s an action”, we taught and lived by it. I’ll forever be in debt to him for the life lessons he prepared me for but I’m ok knowing that one day i may be able to repay that. He will always hold a special place in my heart but i know that this isn’t goodbye, it’s merely a see you again some day my friend.

Tony Guion

June 10, 2021

He was a great teacher. Forest hills high school.

Jeanne Tupper

June 9, 2021

Meeting one of the nicest man I have ever met. And remembering him making us grits on a vacation to the beach being Northerners it was a wonderful treat. You will be missed Jerry.

Greg Thomas

June 9, 2021

Jerry Davis was my Ag teacher at Forest Hills High School from 1979-1983. When I was FFA officer he wanted us to be our best. Jerry was wonderful FFA advisor. When I was in Horticulture classes and after school he would drive our group around neighborhoods looking at landscapes and naming the trees or shrubs for the contest. Mr. Jerry Davis was wonderful man and dedicated educator. God bless him and his family.

Linda Wallace

June 9, 2021

I will always remember the night the guy took down his fence on Newtown road right at the bottom of the hill at the bridge the guy was drunk and he always told everybody that ever took down his fence well you have a job the next day you got to come back and put it up and they would always go back and put up the fence that's one thing that every time somebody would take it down that's one set of words that would come out of his mouth. I don't even think this man had a mean bone in his body he was always nice always smiling, Mr Jerry was a very nice and sweet man he's going to be missed very much. But we got to remember we will see him one day along with all our other family members. R.I.P. Mr Jerry and when you walk them streets of gold and walk through those pearly Gates just remember us here on Earth that you're always in our hearts and in the memories of everyone

Doug Powell

June 8, 2021

Jerry and I were in school together at N.C. State and then we both worked in Agricultural Education in North Carolina. I have always found Jerry to be a true professional educator with a genuine interest in those students he served. Education in our state is much better due to his valuable contribution.

Doug Powell
Lillington, NC

Louise Hargett

June 8, 2021

Mr. Davis was one of the finest men I have ever met. He was dedicated to his students at Forest Hills High School. Two of my daughters were members of the FFA at Forest Hills and they have many wonderful memories with Mr. Davis as their chapter advisor and being in his classes. My sincere sympathy to each member of his family.

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