James W. Davis, 96, of Springfield, died at 6:40 a.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Regency Nursing Home. He was born May 21, 1917 in Springfield, to Edward and Henrietta Eddington Davis. He married Virginia Mau on February 20, 1941 and she preceded him in death on June 15, 2008.
He is survived by one daughter, Carol (Nick) Orlandini of Albuquerque, NM; one son, Jim (Toni) Davis of Springfield, two grandchildren, Michelle (Fred) Lamkey of Riverton, and Brent (Laura) Davis of Springfield; four great grandchildren, Lainy and Kaily Lamkey and Jack and Drew Davis of Springfield; one sister, Betty Muir of San Diego, CA, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and one brother, Lloyd Davis.
James was a resident of Springfield and Chatham all of his life. He was a United States Marine Sergeant during WWII. He was a plumber by trade and owner of a mobile home park and campground. He was a member of Westside Christian Church.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, leather art, camping, mushroom hunting, painting, jewelry making, magic tricks, playing baseball, billiards, was an author and a huge St. Louis Cardinal’s fan. He loved life and enjoyed every second of every day and lived life to the fullest.
Visitation: 9-10:30 am, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10:30 am, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Duggins officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler where military honors will be conducted by the Sangamon County Inter-Veterans Burial Detail and the United States Marines.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children.