James Perry Davis of the Shinnecock Reservation died ?April 2 at Southampton Hospital. ?He was 69.
Born in Southampton on December 15, 1938, to Mabel Redd and Charlie Davis, Mr. Davis attended Southampton Public Schools.
In 1957, he joined the U.S. Army National Guard, and in May 1959 he married Elizabeth Ann Marshall. The couple had four children: James Perry Davis Jr., Kim Michelle Bagley, Darryl Ernest Davis and Lenore Elizabeth Davis.
In 1965, Mr. Davis went to work for the New York State Department of Transportation and continued to work for the DOT until his retirement in 1988. He re-enlisted in the National Guard in 1976 and served until 1990.
Survivors said this week that Mr. Davis was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who came to love working with his hands through gardening and landscaping. He took great pride in his lawn and garden, and was well respected for his generosity on the Reservation. All were welcome to harvest from his garden.
In addition to his four children, Mr. Davis is survived by eight brothers, Robert Davis of Center Moriches, Raymond Davis and Ronald Davis, both of Hartford, Connecticut, Richard Davis of Chesapeake, Virginia, Donald Davis of California and Russell Davis of Nassau, Bahamas; and five sisters, Laura Mae Matthews of The Bronx, Gloria Mayo of Riverhead, and Eleanor Davis, Carolyn Lawson and Kathleen Smith, all of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
He is also survived by four sisters-in-law, Marion, Thomasina, Sheila and Sandra; three brothers-in-law, Zeke Mathews, Augustine Mayo and Henry Smith; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family received friends on Sunday, April 6, at the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton. A funeral service was held on Monday, April 7, at the Community Baptist Church in Southampton, with Pastor Donald E. Butler officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Calverton National Cemetery.
Acting as pallbearers were Todd Davis, Raymond Gilliam, Gregory Marshall, Arthur Nation Sr., Gordon Smith and Dirk Williams. Honorary pallbearers included Phillip Brown, Gary Carle, Wayne Crippen, James Eleazer Jr., Edgar Franklin Sr., Donald Williams and Harry Williams.