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William Nathaniel Davis III

May 13, 1961July 16, 2020

Mr. William “Will” Nathaniel Davis, age 59 passed away on July 16th, 2020 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. Will was born on May 13th, 1961 in Norwalk, Connecticut to Anne Wake, PhD and Charles Davis. He was the delight of his grandparents in Connecticut. Growing up in suburban Bethesda, Will overcame physical challenges to become a strong swimmer. He established a deep network of friends that he maintained throughout his life, supporting all with his good sense of humor and the ability to make people laugh. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and was a truly equalitarian person and good judge of character.

Will was honored in his English studies at the University of Maryland when awarded the Houppert Shakespeare Prize. Will’s love of cars led him to work in the automotive trade at Herson’s and Midtown Motors in the service departments. He then started and led a business as a self-taught building contractor in Bethesda, MD for over 40 years assisted by his many friends in the building field. He was respected for his eye for detail, congenial personality, and willingness to go the extra mile.

Will’s many interests included cooking, American history, and music. He loved his iPad and could stay up all night reading history or watching old shows, especially old westerns and comedies. When ill in recent years, he took comfort in the calls and visits of his many friends, including his close friend Bill Simpkins of Washington, D. C. Will is survived by his partner of 30 years Adele West, M.D. his parents and siblings, Jim, Peter and Mary Davis. In lieu of flowers. please donate to Amputee-Coalition.org at the “donate” button at the top of the website page or send a check in memorial for William Davis to Amputee-Coalition, 900 Easthill Avenue, Suite 390, Knoxville, TN 37915 or to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, PO Box 424053, Washington, DC 20042.


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William Nathaniel Davis III

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Bob Wilson

July 23, 2020

Very sad to hear. Will was a good and true friend. Will bravely attended the Maryland/Michigan football games with me and was a great sport no matter what. Will be missed greatly.

Leslie Goeringer

July 22, 2020

Concerts and football games! I got to have many fun times with Will back in the day. I’m sorry for the loss.