OBITUARY

William H. Davis Jr.

December 30, 1925May 15, 2018
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Bill Davis, most recently of Charleston Senior Community in Waldorf MD, formerly of District Heights and Ocean City MD, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 92 years young.

Loving father of William Paul (Deborah) Davis, John Reid (Barbara) Davis, and Peggy Davis Coons, grandfather of Brian Coons, Gregory (Lori) Coons, Allison (Jeremy) Sellick, Kevin (Jane) Davis, and Lauren Davis, and granddaughter-in-law Sarah Davis, great-grandfather of 11, sister Doris (Warren) McMichael, numerous nieces and nephews and Phyllis Smith, former wife.

Proceeded in death by his parents, Cora (Reid) Davis Rivers and William Hampton Davis, sister Alice Clark, brother-in-law Alvin Clark, and grandson Ryan Paul Davis.

Bill served in the First Division Marine Corps July 1944 through May 1946; he fought in World War II in Battle of Okinawa and received the Purple Heart; he served in the Marine Corps Reserves until Dec. 1950 as an aircraft electrician with a rank of Corporal. He worked as an electrician for PEPCO for 37 years before retiring. Bill coached for about fifty years starting with District Heights football, and then girls’ softball and basketball. Upon retirement, he moved to Ocean City MD where he continued coaching girls’ teams. At that time District Heights honored Bill with a “Bill Davis Day” and parade. He was always active doing volunteer work. He was presented with many awards including District Heights 1967 Citizen of the Year, Mayor & Commissioners Award 1967, 1999 Ocean City Volunteer of the Year, Boys & Girls Club named a trophy after him that is presented to the Girl of the Year, he was first to receive the MD Recreation & Parks Community Volunteer Award in 2008, “Good Sports” Award by the Mid-Atlantic Recreation & Sports Alliance presented in the Maryland State House 2008. In 2005, the Ocean City Mayor presented him with the Keys to the City for chairing the Love America Committee responsible for raising funds and the construction of the Military Flag Plaza and Memorial at Northside Park. He was a member of the Marine Corps League and in 2008 was awarded an American Flag by a Navy Seal during the Ocean City Air Show who skydived down to him on the beach to present it to him for his service and volunteer work.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Burial Tuesday, May 22, 2018
REMEMBERING

William H. Davis Jr.

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Peggy (Bradburn) Guy

May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018
We called him "Mr. D". His daughter, Peggy, will remember! As District Heights majorettes baton twirlers, Karen, Linda, Susan, and myself all loved her dad. He was the parent who drove us five to all the parades and contests we needed to attend back in the early - mid '60's. He looked out for us, he kept us inline and made sure everything went well. We always could depend on him. He was a friend and a pal and I have never forgotten him. I am so sorry for the families loss. Your dad was so appreciated by us and our parents. Peggy, so sorry. You were so blessed with a wonderful dad.

Carol Mitchell (Hay)

May 21, 2018

I will always remember Mr. Davis as a great coach, mentor, and someone who dedicated endless hours paving the way for girls to not only have the opportunity to play sports at the B&G Club level, but also continue on into college. He and my father were good friends, having meet through coaching and serving on the Board of Directors for the District Heights B&G Club. Upon my dad's retirement, my parents moved to OC and he and Mr. Davis reconnected again by coaching softball and basketball together. Not only did they share the love of sports, but also all things Marines as they both had served in the Corp. I was also lucky to be able to see and catch up with Mr. Davis numerous times while visiting my parents because he would often stop by to bring my dad his Marine magazines he had already read. He also came out to watch my own daughter play softball when her team was playing a tournament in OC one summer. Mr. Davis will always be in our hearts and memories. And to the family, may fond memories also bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Doris McMichael

May 20, 2018

Bill was 10 years older then me and a wonderful brother. We had different mothers but Bill always stayed in touch with me. When he was a Marine he would come visit me when he was on leave. When we had children, we would have picnics with our families. I would visit Bill twice a year in O.C and we would have lunch and he would come to the carousel and watch my children and grandchildren ice skate. I will miss Bill and will especiallly miss his Christmas cards when he would dress as Santa on the beach.

Patti Donaldson

May 20, 2018

Mr Davis was the best! He had so much patience coaching us girls in District Heights. He would take a group of us to Ocean City and we had so much fun going to the boardwalk, crabbing... He was a great man and will be missed by all!

Anna Warren Sullivan

May 18, 2018

I remember when I was about 18 and decided to try coaching a D.H. girls softball team. 13 and under. We had so many girls try out that Bill divided us into 2 teams. Bill told me with 2 games left..."Sully, you got this" I did. We did. Champions that first year. Great guy and so dedicated to the kids.

Sue Haight

May 18, 2018

Thank you, Mr. Bill, for all that you have done for kids like me!! You will never be forgotten!!!

Lori Mathis Hinds

May 18, 2018

Mr. Davis was my basketball coach at the DH Municipal Center. I have very fond memories of him. He served his community all of his life and wore his heart on his sleeve. Such a kind soul. May you rest in peace Mr. Davis. Prayers to his family as they mourn his passing.

Laura Warren

May 18, 2018

When I think of Mr. Davis I do so with a smile and love in my heart. What a caring amazing man. I grew up with him being a strong positive influence at the Center. The trips to OC were always fun and he had an great sense of humor. Heaven is receiving a wonderful Angel. Peace to him and his family.

April Bauman

May 18, 2018

Mr. Davis was such a great coach and a very kind, humble man. I was fortunate to have him as my coach in District Heights when I was a teenager. Many years later, I was playing in the USSSA Tournament in OC. Bill came up to me and said, are you April? I couldn't believe he remembered me after all of those years and the hundred's of kids he had coached! I hugged him and we had a chance to chat for awhile. I will remember Mr. Davis fondly and cherish all of the sweet memories of years past. Rest in Peace Mr Davis! Sending thoughts and prayers to Mr. Davis's family and friends.

Charlotte Handley (Green well)

May 18, 2018

Mr. Davis was my basketball coach at District Heights in the 70s. Although he always spoke with a soft voice, his teaching of basketball and life in general was strong and forever remembered. He use to take us girls to Ocean City and we always had a blast. Such a sweet man. May he rest in peace.