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Donald M. Davis Jr.

Donald M. Davis Jr.

May 19, 1931 - November 3, 2017     Age: 86

Donald McCall Davis, Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on Friday November 3, 2017. Born in Quitman GA, May 19, 1931, Don attended The Citadel, after being discharged from the U.S. Army he joined the Prudential Insurance Company, retiring 1991 as the Vice President Real Estate Operations.

Don and his wife Jan (1935-2012) settled in Fernandina Beach in 1992. They had a very active volunteer life. Don was a docent at the Amelia Island Museum of History, he also served on the Board of Directors, a volunteer at Baptist Hospital for 20 years, worked at the Barnabas Center, he also served on the Chapel Board at the Amelia Plantation Chapel. Don was named Volunteer of the Year by the Nassau County Volunteer Center.

Don is survived by his sister, Evelyn Davis Allen (Bob) Atlanta, GA. His two daughters Laurie Edwards (Bill) Thomasville, GA and Ashley Skurla (Mark) Wheaton, IL. He had 4 grandchildren, Steve Skurla (Mary) West Chester, PA; Rives Edwards Wilmington, NC; Sarah Skurla Ann Arbor, MI; McCall Edwards Thomasville, GA.

Don was completely selfless and service oriented. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and southern charm.“Don never met a stranger” and just needed “a few kind words”.

A memorial service will be held at the Amelia Plantation Chapel on Saturday November 18th at 11:00 am followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the following:

Amelia Plantation Chapel Memorial Fund, 36 Bowman Rd., Amelia Island, FL 32034

Amelia Island Museum of History

Davis Memorial Fund

233 S Third Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

18 Condolences

  • Robert Odom Posted November 4, 2017 8:43 am

    Don was a very nice man. He and Jan were special. Our kindest thoughts go out to their family.

  • Dickie and Shelly Anderson Posted November 4, 2017 10:38 am

    A very special, loving, caring man. Know his wife, Jan is planning a wonderful party to welcome him home!

  • Trish Dooley Posted November 4, 2017 9:10 pm

    So sorry to hear this sad news but am glad he’s with his beloved Jan.

  • Paul and Carol Condit Posted November 5, 2017 7:46 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing but feel so privileged to have known him.

  • Joan E Reid Posted November 5, 2017 10:06 am

    So sorry to hear the news! Don and I came up with a nickname for him years ago, A.H.! I know he is now reunited with his beloved Jan!
    RIP A.H.!

  • Kathy Kirwan Posted November 5, 2017 12:38 pm

    Don was an utterly lovely man. He always had a smile on his voice and a kind word to those around him. I feel honored to have known him.

  • Mary Ruark Posted November 5, 2017 2:51 pm

    So sad to lose such a wonderful man. He now is happy with Jan.

  • Phyllis Davis Posted November 6, 2017 9:49 am

    Don was such a wonderful, kind man. We will miss him dearly.

  • Janett Thomas Posted November 7, 2017 9:57 am

    Don soldiered on with Jan at his side, but continued on with his winning ways. Jan and Don left an indelible mark on this community. R.I.P.

  • Skip and Sm Martens Posted November 7, 2017 12:25 pm

    We feel very privileged to have known Don, A gentleman and a friend. Godspeed, Don.

  • Mary Hurley Posted November 7, 2017 2:53 pm

    Don was one of our wonderful volunteers in the GE LAB at our hospital on the island. Kindess Gentleman you could meet! Always smiling and cared about all. I will miss his gentle soul and very grateful to have known him.

  • Jan Johannes Posted November 7, 2017 7:35 pm

    Such a kind and caring gentleman was Don. He and Jan were two of the best of Amelia. Rest in peace dear friends.

  • Sharon Burke Posted November 7, 2017 8:40 pm

    Mr. Don was a volunteer in the GE lab, he was always so very helpful and kind both to the staff and to the patients. He cooked us wonderful desserts, and took great joy in our raving over how good they were, I will never forget his kindness and his generosity to us. What a great man and such a pleasure to know.

  • Julie V. Reed Posted November 7, 2017 11:27 pm

    I feel blessed to have known him. Those blue eyes would light up the room. He was a precious soul and will be missed.

  • Grace Lipman Posted November 8, 2017 9:48 am

    Don was a lovely person and a true gentleman. He will be missed.

  • Jacqueline Wall Posted November 8, 2017 10:52 pm

    I worked with Don for several years at the hospital, a lovelier man you could never meet.

  • Cara Curtin Posted November 9, 2017 4:16 pm

    I will miss his quick wit and his ever-present smile. Oh, and his hugs. He was a good hugger. He brightened up my day, but I cannot begrudge him the opportunity to be with Jan. Together again.

  • Susan Markiw, PT Posted November 9, 2017 7:07 pm

    I met Don and Jan 20+ years ago when i came to work at the hospital and enjoyed their positive attitudes, friendliness and the love the shared with everyone who they encountered. This community has lost a true gentleman but I know he is happy to be reunited withhis lovely bride Jan.

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