Robert Wythe Davis
September 12, 1931 – February 7, 2016
Retired U.S. Navy Captain Robert Wythe Davis died on 7 February, 2016 in Williamsburg, VA. He was born in Yorktown, VA on September 12, 1931 to the late John Robert and Virginia Nimmo Davis. Family and friends fondly remember him as “Sommie” or “Ace”.
He attended Yorktown Elementary School through the seventh grade and then attended Morrison (now Warwick) High School for two years prior to attending Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA. He graduated from HMA in 1948 and then returned there for one postgraduate semester. In January of 1949, he attended William and Mary on a football scholarship. After three semesters, at the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, he entered the Army, and was subsequently transferred to the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, RI. He entered the Naval Academy in the summer of 1951. As a midshipman, he played guard, center and linebacker on the football team and was a member of the “Team Named Desire” that won the 1955 Sugar Bowl.
After graduation he was commissioned in the Navy as a Supply Corps officer and served 31 years, retiring as a Captain in 1986.
Sea duty assignments were: USS Vogelgesang (DD 862) as Supply and Disbursing Officer, USS Annapolis (AGMR 1) as Supply Department Head, and USS Albany (CG 10) as Logistics Officer on the Sixth Fleet Staff, where he had the “distinction” of being the “Senior Navy Supply Corps officer afloat.”
In 1957, he was assigned to the Naval Academy as an instructor in the Marine Engineering Department with additional duty as an assistant varsity football coach under head coach Eddie Erdlatz. Teams he coached included the 1958 Sugar Bowl champions. Subsequent shore duty assignments included tours as a logistics officer at Naval Station Bermuda, NAS Pensacola, and Naval Station Iceland in support of various Navy aircraft; the Strategic Mobility Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the staff of Assistant Secretary of the Navy; as assistant Inspector General of the Naval Supply System Command; Executive Office of Naval Supply Center Charleston; Commanding Officer of Naval Supply Depot Yokosuka, Japan; the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe; and Officer in Charge of Naval Supply Center Cheatham Annex.
His career included a number of educational opportunities, which as a junior officer included the Naval Supply Corps School in Athens, GA and Transportation Management School, Oakland, CA. In 1965 he graduated (with distinction) from the Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA receiving a MS in Management (Economics). In 1973, he graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C. He also completed the Naval War College Command and Staff course by correspondence. During his Naval career he was awarded the Legion of merit with star (second award), the Meritorious Service Medal w/star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal w/star, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device.
He retired from the Navy in 1986 and subsequently became a Senior Engineer for the VITRO Corporation supervising the Wallops Island operation in support of the Navy’s AEGIS destroyer/cruiser program. After retiring to Williamsburg he became Voter Registrar for the city of Williamsburg, serving in that position for five years (1999-2004).
He lost his wife of more than 50 years, the former Marguerite Bozarth of Williamsburg, to cancer in 2005.
He is survived by his second wife, Kimberly Nelson Davis; four children, their spouses and six grandchildren: son Robert Wythe Davis Jr., wife Kari, daughter Kaitlin, and son Wythe; daughter Marguerite Ellen Davis, husband Richard Warren and son Davis; daughter Melissa Davis Wilson and son Daniel; son James Bryan Davis and his sons River and Austen. He is also by his sister, Mary Mallory Foster; plus numerous nieces, nephews and countless friends.
Memorial services will be conducted at Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, VA, at 10:00 on 20 February, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to: Jackson-Field Home for Girls, 546 Walnut Drive, Jarratt, VA 23867, or the charity of your preference. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com
- Memorial Service Saturday, February 20, 2016
Robert Wythe Davis
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June 2, 2016
Ace was a dear friend and outstanding Naval Officer. We will miss him!
Vice Admiral Ed Straw, SC, USN (Ret)
New York City
February 19, 2016
I wish to extend condolences to the family. I remember him as a great boss in Fleet Supply in London and a dedicated public servant here in Williamsburg.
February 18, 2016
Much comfort to the Davis family and friends.May you find comfort in Gods word at Matthew 5:4
February 13, 2016
Although we seldom spoke, it was a comfort to me to know that you were there at the other end of the street in case I ever needed to know something about our house. Your help when my aunt bought the house was invaluable and your presence as the city registrar many years ago was sorely missed after you retired from it. You will always live in our hearts. May your family find comfort in the love of friends.
February 11, 2016
All your Navy friends wish you fair winds and following seas. You were a great boss and a great friend to all that met you. You helped make memories for all the staff in Japan.
February 9, 2016
No matter how infrequent my visits or where we met, you always remembered me with a smile and a hug, Ace. I cherish the memories of times well spent in your company. With one more hug - Lynne from Minnesota
February 9, 2016
I am remembering you fondly, Ace. Always a smile and a friendly greeting. You are and will continue to be missed.
Fondly, Judy and Jack