Eugene “Buck” Davis was 77 years old when he passed away on April 13, 2018, receiving an unexpected call from Jesus that it was time to come home to Heaven. He is now able to resume his previous church choir singing career as part of the most celestial choir ever known and is rejoicing with those who have gone before him. He was born in Erie, Pa., on March 6, 1941, to the late Eugene “Gene” Davis and Elizabeth “Bette” Davis.
Davis graduated from Fort Leboeuf High School in 1959. He went on to become an apprentice and then worked for General Electric in Erie until retiring in 2005. He married his loving wife, Bonnie, also of Erie, on April 20, 1969. They spent 50 years together at each other’s side.
In Erie, they were very active serving the Lord as a member of Grace Baptist Church for 24 years. Davis had a singing career in the church choir and was part of many committees to serve others. The family made many good friends and created lasting memories along the way: the church picnics, the burning bush extravaganza and the many fireworks experiments, just to name a few.
He and Bonnie moved in 2009 from Erie to Charlotte, N.C., to be near their son and his family, enjoying time with them and sprinkling joy to new friends they met. In March of 2017, the couple moved to Bethany Beach, Del., to spend time with their daughter and her family, continuing to enjoy life while beginning to meet new people.
Davis made the most of every moment of his life. He found joy in absolutely everything. His main pride and joy came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Known as “Poppy” to his grandchildren, he was kind, thoughtful, and warm-hearted, and he and “Nanny” loved to spend time with them watching them grow up. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them.
He was also an avid handyman, fixing just about anything. He was full of energy and had a positive spirit, despite any situation he encountered. His kindhearted and empathetic nature was felt by everyone he met, if even for a brief encounter. It was a God-given gift.
Davis was preceded in death by his stepmother, Glenda Davis; a brother, Dale Reed; a sister, Louise Phrofugi; and many long-time friends and family members. He is survived by his son, Jamey Davis, his wife, Laura, and their two children, Nicholas and Morgan, of Charlotte, N.C.; his daughter, Kim Trout, her husband, Brian Trout, and their two children, Emily and Brayden, of Bethany Beach, Del.; his siblings Brent Davis and his spouse, Marty, Dean Reed and his wife, Connie, Judy Johnson and her husband, Jerry, Nancy Houston and her husband, Bill, and Donna Hoydic; his cousins, Marcia Troller, John Davis and Jerry Hustead; and many nieces and nephews.
He will be sadly missed by all whose life he touched. There was an immediate private family gathering to honor him and a life well-lived on April 15, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services in Delaware. Condolences and memories are appreciated and can be shared and enjoyed by his loving wife, who resides at 79A October Glory Ave.; Ocean View, DE 19970. Condolences may also be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)