Retired Chief Warrant Officer David Oscar Davis, 69, of Warrenton, passed away Easter Monday, April 17, 2017, surrounded by his wife of 47 years, Sherry Maynard; his two sons, Glenn Richard Davis and Darren Robert Davis; his brother, Robert Davis, and his daughter-in-law, Cathy Davis.
He was born July 31, 1947, to Oscar Lovett Davis and Virginia Frances Wood in Eau Claire, Wisc., both who preceded him in death. He was also proceeded in death by his younger brother, Daniel Davis. He is survived by his wife and sons; two granddaughters, Catlenn Davis and Cari Davis; his brothers Robert Davis and Guy Murray; a sister, Jacque de Regnaucourt; and his aunt Betty Demby.
Mr. Davis enlisted in the U.S Army at age 16, serving two tours in Vietnam. He traveled the world as a silent warrior in the Army Security Agency and retired as a chief warrant officer after serving 20 years. He received many honors, including the Legion of Merit and the “Knowlton Award for Excellence” in supporting the military intelligence community.
A lifelong learner, he completed his master of business administration degree from Averett University in 1997. Mr. Davis was the first in his family to receive a college education. He continued to serve his country and community as both a consultant and federal government employee until 2004. Finding his heart’s calling after his second retirement, he served as a long-term substitute teacher in Fauquier County Public Schools. Mr. Davis said he “never met a child who couldn’t learn” or a “student he couldn’t handle.” He touched the lives of many of his students and had a special place in his heart for those who were troubled and disadvantaged. He taught them to not only exceed everyone else’s expectations but, more importantly, to exceed their own.
Mr. Davis instilled in his sons and grandchildren three rules: Be there for your family; be proud of your name, and do all things with honor. He lived this way every day and never compromised. Raised in Charleston, S.C., with humble beginnings, he viewed every problem as a challenge that could be overcome. His life was exemplified by his humor and humility.
He wanted everyone to know Saint Michael the Archangel finally has the chief warrant officer needed to square things away.
A celebration of his life took place Saturday, April 22, at Warrenton Moose Lodge 1695. Mr. Davis will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery later this year.
Memorial contributions may be made to, Moose Heart Children’s School and Home