James Lloyd ‘Jim’ Davis
Mr. James Lloyd “Jim” Davis ( or as his neighbors referred to him, the Honorary Mayor of Big Field), 74, a resident of Chestnut Avenue in Belington, departed this life Tuesday evening, Feb. 21, 2017, in the comfort if his home. He had been declining in health for the past several months.
He was born Aug. 11, 1942, at Madison, a son of the late James Lloyd Sr. and Mable Bertha Boylen Davis.
On Jan. 3, 1966, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, the former Carol Ann Jones Davis, who preceded him in death April 15, 2012.
He is survived by four daughters, Angela Carol Holbert and husband, Danny, of Mt. Liberty, Genia Maria Delauder and husband, Brian, of Philippi, Misty Lynn Hill and Brandy Nicole Hurst and husband, Roger, all of Belington; five special daughters, Cindy Lou Hill and husband, Eddie, Susan Plum, Rebecca Maxson, Kimberly Barnett and Loretta Pharis; and one special son, Donald Kelley; three brothers, Mack Davis of Florida, R.W. Davis of Belington and Billy Ray Davis of Arden; two sisters, Alice McKneely of Michigan, and Wendy Ixos of Braxton County; one special brother-in-law, “his brother from another mother,” Larry Jones of Philippi; 10 grandchildren, Danny James Holbert and fiancee, Allie Becker, Kammie Golden and husband, Cody, Ethan Dale Delauder, Nickolas James Delauder and fiancee, Destiny Robinson, Evan Wayne Hill, Joshua Michael Hill and wife, Karen, Allyssa Grace Hill, Austin Lee Hurst, Elizabeth Leann Hurst and Kaycie Jo Hill; and many others he considered his grandchildren. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Reagan McKenzie Delauder, Michael Dale Delauder, Braxton Dale Golden, Mason John Holbert and Gabriel Mathew Delauder. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews and a whole host of friends also survive.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by one son, David Michael Davis; one son-in-law, Dale Ware; and one sister, Jane Kelley.
Jim attended Philippi High School before leaving in the 11th grade to join the military. Jim was a proud veteran of the United States Navy. He was previously employed by Kitt Energy Coal Co. as a coal miner, from which he retired. He was the chairman of the safety committee. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Laurel Mountain Post 410, a member of United Mine Workers of America and a Protestant by faith. He loved his country and was very proud to serve his time in the military. He loved his family very much and looked forward to spending time with them. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Friends will be received from Talbott Funeral Home, 56 N. Brandenburg St. in Belington Saturday, Feb. 25, from 3-9 p.m. and again Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the funeral hour, when final rites will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Downing Gregory officiating. Interment will then follow in Silent Grove Cemetery near Philippi where full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 96 of Belington and the United States Navy.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.com. Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Lames Lloyd “Jim” Davis.