Funeral services for Charlie Davis Sr. will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 23at the P.L.M&D District Center

Funeral services for Charlie Davis Sr. will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 23at the P.L.M&D District Center. Rev. Andrew Gibson will officiate. Burial will be in the Salem M.B. Church Cemetery. Final viewing will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23.

Charlie Davis was born November 25, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Odell Davis Sr. and the late Geraldine (Lee) Davis.  Charlie was the second son born to this union.  Charlie was baptized at an early age.  He joined St. Paul AME Church in Wabash.

Charlie was a member of the Lake View marching band and played tenor saxophone.  Charlie also was a member of the musical group the Blue Notes, which consisted of other band members and former students. The band played locally and in surrounding areas.

Charlie graduated from Lake View High School in 1960.  The following year he enlisted in the Army.  He was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia where he received his basic training.   After training, he was deployed to Germany.  However, his military enlistment was cut short due to medical reasons.  He served from 1961 – 1964.

Charlie married Dorothy Knowles of Lake View and to that union one child was born, Charlie Davis Jr. (Chuck). Charlie and Dorothy later moved to Los Angeles, California, where he resided until he became ill.   Shortly thereafter, Charlie and Chuck relocated to Lake View.  Charlie and Dorothy were later divorced.

Charlie lived with his parents until their deaths.  He later moved to Memphis, Tennessee to live with his sister Barbara and her husband Jacob.  Barbara was Charlie’s “court- appointed legal guardian.  In 2012 he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and he received treatment through the Veterans Administration. Charlie was called home on June 17, 2015.

Charlie was the family historian.  If anyone wanted to remember a person’s name, or anyone who attended school in Lake View, or lived in Wabash, Elaine, Macedonia (Kinfolks Road), Oneida or lived in Phillips County (smile), ask Charlie.  He never forgot anyone. He also loved to write and doodle.  He loved music, fashion, jewelry and shoes.  He was a loving, kind and generous son, brother and father.

Charlie leaves to mourn his passing, a son, Charlie Davis Jr., of Arlington, Texas; two brothers, Odell (Alma) Davis of Lake View and Glenn (Mara) Davis of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; four sisters, Barbara (Jabob) Ross of Memphis, Janice (Larry) Jordan of Olive, Branch, Mississippi, Joyce (Johnnie) Holton of Olive Branch, Mississippi and Andrea (Tawona) Muza of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.

A brother, Thomas Davis, preceded him in death. 

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