Ellis Bostick Davis Jr., 70, of Mayville, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Heritage Park in Jamestown.
The son of Ellis Bostick Davis Sr., and Annalee Pendley Davis, he was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Lancaster, Calif., the eldest of three children.
He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1966, and served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer and general's aide at Chanute AFB, Illinois, and Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan. After leaving the Air Force, he attended law school for a year, then worked for the U.S. Department of Labor in Montgomery, Ala., for several years as a wage and hour investigator. In 1979 he entered Columbia Theological Seminary (Presbyterian), graduating in 1985 with a doctorate in ministry degree, and subsequently was the senior pastor at the Salem Presbyterian Church, Lithonia, Ga., and interim pastor at Wyoming Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, and at Westfield Presbyterian Church, Westfield, N.Y.
Ellis Bostick Davis Jr.
Upon retirement, he continued his service to others in his work with the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Team and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, responding to natural disasters as well as the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
A do-it-yourselfer his entire life, Ellis enjoyed building a cabin at Lake Jordan, Ala., completely renovating his home in Mayville, N.Y., and tinkering with two recently purchased tractors, which he had hoped to ride in the local Fourth of July parade. His love of learning continued throughout his life, whether through formal education, stimulating conversation with friends and a glass of wine, or attending lectures at Chautauqua Institution in New York. He has chosen to participate in the anatomical gift program of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Helen Adams Davis of Snellville, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Shepherd Adams and Marcelle Elizabeth Smith Davis; and grandchildren: Ansley Key Davis, Colin Wingfield Davis and McKinley Adams Davis of Lawrenceville, Ga. Other survivors include brother and sister-in-law, Foster Pendley and Mary-Jean Davis; and sister and brother-in-law, Caroline Adell and Jonathan Demi Edwards; nephews: Andrew James Davis and Jonathan Demi Edwards; nieces: Lora Ann Edwards, Catherine Elise Davis and Elizabeth Anne Davis; great-niece and great-nephews; and numerous cousins. He was preceeded in death by his mother in 2009 and his father in 2010.
Friends are invited to join the family at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Davis home, 39 Morris St., Mayville, to celebrate Ellis's life and share remembrances.
The family is especially grateful to friends and to the staff of Hospice Chautauqua County for their support, caring and concern during Ellis's last months of life. Memorials may be made to Hospice Chautauqua County Hospice, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.