Vernon Weldon Davis

November 20, 1936September 5, 2018
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Vernon W Davis “Influential Teacher and Counselor of the Deaf”

Hopkinton, MA- Vernon Weldon Davis, beloved husband, father, brother and uncle, departed to heaven on September 5, 2018 at the age of 81.

Vernon was a long-term teacher of the deaf. It was while working at the Baxter School for the Deaf he met his wife of 54 years, Charis Storms Davis. Vernon and Charis predominantly lived in Henrietta, NY where Vernon worked at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Vernon was one of the original faculty members of the school and is remembered as a champion for his students.

Vernon was devoted to his family and loved to ride his trains and trolleys. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor. He was a contributor to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport ME for many years. In the last two years, he resided in Hopkinton MA with his wife.

Vernon was predeceased by his parents, George and Elma Davis; brother, Tom Davis and daughter-in-law, Jean Bertola Davis. Surviving are his wife, Charis Storms Davis; his beloved children, daughter, Sara Ellen Davis of Ashland MA; son, Scott Weldon Davis of Greenville TX. He is also survived by his brothers, sisters, as well as nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to a time of visitation from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, ME 04096, where a memorial service will be held at 10 am on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers. please make a donation to NTID Sigma Nu scholarship fund in Rochester, NY or The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME.

Please visit to sign Vernon’s online guest book.


  • George Davis, Father
  • Elma Davis, Mother
  • Tom Davis, Brother
  • Charis Storms Davis, Wife
  • Sara Ellen Davis, Daughter
  • Scott Weldon Davis, Son
  • Jean Bertola Davis, Daughter-in-law


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 13, 2018

Vernon Weldon Davis

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Jean Nasi Levy

December 9, 2018

My son attended NTID briefly ‘97 to early ‘98. Thank you to Mr . Davis for providing a guiding light . When he spoke we listened ; never forgot him and sad to have read of the passing of this great man. Condolences to the family and I am sure he touched many lives.

Christopher Bailey

November 19, 2018

Too bad I didn't get chance to meet him again in person last summer during NTID 50th reunion. Want to say big "HI" to him but can't find him when searching for him in crowded of NTID alumni. He is popular guy to hangout with.

But I do think about him all the time even those haven't met him since 2001 which when graduted still think about him.

Like to meet him again in heaven.

Lanny Schantz

October 30, 2018

I worked with Vern at NTID from 1990-1995. He was respected by his students as well as the faculty and staff. I felt honored to have known him. My condolences are with his family.
RIP Vern until we meet again.

Susan Davis

October 19, 2018

Vernon Weldon Davis. The eldest of seven children of George Bert Davis and Elma Marie (Morse) Davis was one of my five brothers. He and Thomas George Davis, deceased and the only sibling mentioned in his older brother's obituary, were born prior to WWII. After returning from the war, Allan Charles, Susan Elaine, David John, Ruth Ann (Kidney), and Richard William Davis were added to the family. As I stated above Tommy was the only deceased.

The rest of us are scattered around the country, Dad moved us around a lot, and some stayed or returned to prior residences. We all loved Vernon very much. We may be separated by miles, but our love for each other and family bonding has always been strong.

It grieved us to hear of his passing. None of the siblings were able to attend the funeral or have been able to see his final resting place, at this time. We are planning a sibling and extended family reunion to travel and visit the site; where we will have a private, family time together to say good bye to a wonderful, funny, loving brother.

Vernon was always one for sharing a good joke with. He had a merry and laughing personality. Lots of fun to be with. He will be sorely missed. I will miss his warm hugs and loving words. May he rest in peace.


October 18, 2018

Vernon was my brother. I miss him so much and I grieve for his passing. He had an incredible sense of humor and laugh. He was a generous man. I have so many memories of him but the one I remember most recently is when he walked me down the aisle when I married at age 55. It was a day I had looked forward to for so long and as my eldest brother, Vernon made it so special. Thank you Vernon. I will miss you. Much love, Ruth


September 28, 2018

Vernon Davis was my Teacher at Riverside City College in California from 1964 - 66. My condolences to the family.

Kathleen Howes

September 21, 2018


I’m sorry for your loss. He was well known at NTID and he was a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Your NTID/RIT friend,

Bill Morris

September 19, 2018

Dear Mrs. Davis,
Vern was my counselor for the electro-mechanical technology major from 1978 till 1982. When I became a resident advisor for SVP 1980 and planned to take new students with me to Niagara Falls. I asked RIT to loan a RV for our trip. They told me that a staff member had to accompany us due to their policy. I decided to ask Vern to come along on our trip, and he was willing to do it for me. He brought his nephew/niece with him to join my new students. Thus the situation was resolved. I am thankful for his great kindness. May he rest in peace.
Bill Morris

Michael Kleper

September 19, 2018

Vern was my first boss at NTID/RIT when I started in July of 1969. He was the best boss...easy going, positive, always with a good sense of humor, and a ready laugh. I admired the way he worked with students, so caring, so interested, so invested in each one. He was truly a good man. I only have good memories of him, and kind things to say. Charis, our deepest sympathies.

Jane Mullins

September 19, 2018

I worked with Vern for more than 20 years; we were counselors in the NTID engineering departments. Vern was one of the most student-oriented professionals I have known. His wonderful sense of humor, warmth and compassion for the deaf endeared Vern to both students and colleagues alike. I will always be blessed to have known Vern. May he rest in peace, and may his family receive comfort in how much Vern helped people. Jane Mullins