Parkway Funeral Home & Parkway Memorial Cemetery

1161 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ridgeland, MS


Robert Ray Davis, Jr.

July 13, 1955May 18, 2020

Robert Ray Davis Jr. passed away May 18, 2020, with his wife Charlene and daughter Lindsay at his side, after a bravely fought cancer battle.

Robert was born in Prentiss, MS on July 13, 1955, to Robert Ray and Betty Davis. He graduated from Simpson Academy in 1973, followed by graduation from Northwood University. Upon completion of his formal education, Robert pursued a successful career in sales, which was a perfect fit for his outgoing personality, ease of making friends, and unique sense of humor.

One of Robert’s proudest achievements was earning his Eagle Scout badge at age 13. This was an early indicator of his ability to motivate others, do what’s right, and recognize the needs of his fellow man. Robert truly had a heart of gold, which was evidenced by his inherent nature to give of his time and talents wherever there was a need.

To know Robert was to love him. Robert was a devout Christian who loved cooking, playing golf, fishing, sports, and his dogs. Robert was a beloved and devoted husband to his wife Charlene for thirty-one years. One of the greatest joys of his life was being a grandfather to Gray and Reed. Robert had a servant’s heart, loved helping others, always made people laugh, and embraced life with joy and positivity.

He is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Charlene; daughter, Lindsay Gibbs (Shelby); grandchildren Gray and Reed; sisters Dy Ward and Deb Tyrone (Ned); many nieces, nephews, close friends, and extended family. Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain, and he will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to your church or favorite charity.


  • Shelby Gibbs
  • Greg Hull
  • Kevin Collins
  • Chuck Abraham
  • David Abraham
  • Josh Tyrone
  • Steve Staiman


  • Private Visitation

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Private Graveside Service

    Thursday, May 21, 2020


Robert Ray Davis, Jr.

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Marty (Otis) Dwyer

May 22, 2020

“You can write it on the wall “ Heaven just became a lot more fun. Robert always said that if you write it on the wall, it was the truth. Robert and I were roommates for three years and every day was an adventure, a real life Saturday Night Live skit, there was no shortage of fun times. Even work was much more enjoyable when Robert was around. Robert took his work serious but always knew how to take the edge off with his funny sayings or practical jokes. Robert was a teacher of life skills , a mentor, but most of all , a great friend.

Scott Gates

May 21, 2020

Robert’s passion for life was unrivaled! The first night I met Robert we were working together proved to me that all he cared about was the well being of others. At the end of a very long shift at 2am Robert asked me “thirsty boy???” Replying “yes” I reluctantly followed him out to his car where he opened the trunk and handed me a Miller Lite... 100 degree day... no cooler... but the best beer I ever had because it started a period of my life where Robert was my mentor, my coach, my golfing buddy, and my friend. Like Jim Howell I don’t feel like sharing our best times would be appropriate here. Like Jim the “Prentiss Open’” was one of the best times I have ever had. What would I say to Robert if he were here today? “Thank you” Thank you for being part of my life if even for only a brief moment in time. Thank you for pushing me and calling me inappropriate names to make me understand how to be great. Thank you for teaching me what is important in life. Robert always said “Boy I was lookin for a job when I found this one” I believe he appreciated what he had, but what he meant by it is he would always be ok. Charlene you made a great man into a greater man. When he told me about meeting you the first time I knew he was in love! It was just that obvious. Rest In Peace my friend. I can’t wait to pick up where we left off on the other side!

Jake Warren

May 20, 2020

Proud to be a friend and as well, work together.

Robert taught me how to be understanding and to just simply listen.

Prayers. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

The Warren Family.

Poem Weems

May 20, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with Charlene Lindsey and my besties Deb And Dy. I have known Robert since birth. So many great memories of him growing up in Prentiss. Always had a smile on his face and so much like his dad. My God give each of you comfort and peace. I love you

Dee Gex

May 20, 2020

My heart aches for precious Charlene. Robert was one of a kind. He loved his wife with his entire heart. Robert had such a servants heart. He was everyone’s best friend and always did for others. He made my husband gumbo about a month ago. Joe will always cherish the visit he had with Robert that day. The entire family is loved and prayed for.

Frances Anne Dallaire

May 20, 2020

Charlene, Lindsey and all!!!!

My heart is hurting for all of you!!!!
Robert’s contagious laugh will remain in my heart forever! He always brought smiles to everyone and I can’t help but smile even hearing his chuckle in my mind as I write this!!!! May his memory be eternal and you find comfort in your memories with him!!! Love you all!!!

Frances Anne

Jim Howell

May 20, 2020

He was the best! Taught me how the world really works. He had more "sayings and expressions" than any dictionary! I consider myself super lucky to have ever come into his orbit. Most (all) of my memories with my friend Robert are not suitable for this page, but are among the best and funniest times I have ever had. Especially at the Prentiss Open. RIP my friend, there is simply no one else like you. See you on the other side......."with a cooooooold "coooca cola"


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