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Wilbert Davis, Sr. Obituary


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“Popa D, Thanks for everything you did for me, you treated me like a son. I will always remember the life lessons learned from your wisdom ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Roland Jones - Oakland, CA

“In Sympathy on the loss of your loved one. I first met Willie in Sep 1985 when I came to work at the Ordnance School. I will never forget his...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Carole Ward - Edgewood, MD

“To the Davis Family, I offer you my sincere sympathy for your loss. I will always remember Will as one of the kindest most caring people I met...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Carol Dale - North East, MD

“I am sorry to hear of the loss of Will. He and I worked together as civilians at the Ordnance School. A few years ago I stopped receiving Christmas...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Shalaine Billups - Yorktown, VA

“To the family of Elsa Jones, Our deepest Sympathy to the loss of your beloved brother, father and friend. If he was anything like Ms. Elsa he is in...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Carl & Latisha Chastang - OH

“The FAMILY OF MR.DAVIS, WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU AT THIS SAD TIME.MR,DAVIS WAS A FRIENDLY MAN. HOLD...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: patty wassin - aberdeen, MD

“I send Condolences and prayers to the family and to everyone who had your life and heart touched by this wonderful Soldier of Christ. Words can not...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Nace Bowman - Leonardtown, MD

“My deepest condolences to the Davis family. I had the honor and pleasure of conducting the Annual Wilbert Davis Gospel Night for the last 5 years...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Gail Brennan - Oxford, PA

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the family. May God bless and keep you in this time. ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: LISA BOND-GARCIA - Aberdeen, MD

“To The Davis Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers, I am praying for all of the Family, that the Lord will lift your heavy hearts and spirit, I...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Cousin Seevah Johnson & Family - MD

“To Wilbert's Family, My heart was sadden to hear that Wilbert, had pass, another soldier gone home to be with the Lord. I will miss Wilbert,...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Matriarch Esther Morrison & Lanier Family - WV

“To The Davis, Womack, Smith Family, I was deeply sadden to hear of my Cousin Wilbert had gone home to be with the Lord, I know we will miss...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Cousin Marion Jackson & Family - VA

“God Bless This Family As They Release This Love One Back To Heaven ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Delores - Columbus, OH

“Honoring Maj. Wilbert Davis: WELL DONE What I found is that God is still faithful, despite our many failures and numerous faults If we reach for...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Becky Goodwin - New Castle, DE

“My deepest condolences to those he left behind, for awhile. I served under him in 1968, in combat, and know that he was greatly respected. ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Don Sholty - Council Blufffs, IA

“May God provide you comfort and added strength during your time of bereavement. Your dad was a very special man who always had a kind word and a...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Eva Taylor - Bel Air, MD

“In my short time serving under Cpt. Davis I found out very quick that he knew what he was doing and he did it very well, He took care of his men...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: David Graves - Frederick, MD

“Karen & Family Continue in the grace of God Keep still and Let Him work it out He will substain you Subria D. Kelly ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Subria Kelly - Aberdeen, MD

“To my extended Family peaceful memories of Mr. Davis will always be a guide in my life. On this earth a job well done. Tommy,Karen,Wilbert,Family...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Amy Polley - Perry Hall, MD

“Tommy I am so sorry for your loss. You and the familly are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Deanna Ayers Russell - Siesta Key, FL

“Oh my God, what a loss to this world. One of the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. A true friend. I am so very sorry. ...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: MARY BETH HALL - CONOWINGO, MD


Retired Major Wilbert Davis Sr., was born in Eckman, West Virginia on December 11, 1933 to the late Evangelist Susie Anna Womack and Eddie Davis but, raised by his "Dad" Lawrence Smith. After high school in 1952, he enlisted in the United States Army and served with the last black outfit in the 82nd Airborne Division. His army career expanded over 22 years. During that time he worked his way up through the ranks from Private E1 to Major via OCS in Ft, Benning GA. This was special because at that particular time, OCS was the only way black soldiers could become officers. He served in both the Korean War and Vietnamese Conflict. During his career, he was awarded 2 Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star for Valor, the Bronze star for Meritorious, the Air Metal, the U.S Commendation Medal and the Silver Star among others. He established and implemented the Race Relations and Equal Opportunity Program for the Ordinance CORPS of the United States Army. Major Davis was an advisor to the Defense Department on matters dealing with race relations. Twice was chosen as the "Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer" in the 7th Infantry Division. He has a Bachelor of Science in History degree from Albany State College. Dad was a true soldier for his country and a true soldier for God. Major Davis was a great historian and an avid reader even when his eye sight failed him he enjoyed listening to audio books. He also was a Journalist of the APG News Paper "Ask Mr. D", Disc jockey for "Sunday Night Gospel Express", founder of "Will Davis Gospel Night" on Aberdeen Proving Ground, and many other contributions to society/community. One of his greatest pleasures was working with his special niece Tammy Westbrook preserving his family's history through reunions, pictures, and documents. This is what we've come to know as "Will's Notes". He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Ann Davis, mother Evangelist Susie Anna Smith and father Lawrence Smith, daughter Jodie Susette Davis, Sister Shelby Christian, Brother William Thomas Smith, and grandmother-in-law Annie Brown. He leaves to cherish his memories his daughters Stephanie Davis-Harris (fiancée Alvin L. Harris), Karen Elizabeth Davis (fiancée Dermitrius Hanes), sons Wilbert Davis Jr. and William "Tommy" Davis. His sisters Elsa Jones and Dorothy Westbrook, brothers Paul Smith, Jackie ( Pam) Smith, Bobby Christian, James Jones, Adopted sister and brother Donna and Richard Stalling, Uncle Joseph Womack and mother-in-law Elizabeth "Tiny" Ward. His Grandchildren Chris (Kieyana), Aaron (Maggie) Noel, Pierce, William, Isaiah, James, John, Brice, and Timothée. Great-grandchildren Jyheir, Bertie, Jenaé, Travier, Aaron Jr., and A'kira-Faith. And a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be missed by Retired 1st Sergeant James Williams, Gus Johnson, Chaplin Jim Johnson , Carmen Davis-Radford, Catherine Davis, Helen "Be Be" Hairston, Daneilla Sconion and many, many more. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 22 from 6-8pm at the Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home. The service celebration will be on Friday, July 23 at 11:00am at Helping Hands Ministries. Interment with military honors will be at Harford Memorial Gardens.

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