Nelson “Doc” Davis Jr., 79, of Crawfordsville was called to be with his heavenly father Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Franciscan East in Lafayette.
Born Feb. 28, 1941 in Danville, Ill., he was the son of Nelson Davis, Sr. and Marie Thurman Davis. He married Marva Burdett on Oct. 2, 1992 in Crawfordsville. She survives.
Mr. Davis loved listening to music. He liked to entertain, be the life of the party and was the barbeque king. He worked at CEL&P for 15 years. He graduated from Schlarman High School in Danville, Illinois and attended Iowa State, where he played basketball. He later served his country in the U.S. Army.
Survivor include his wife, Marva Davis of Crawfordsville; daughters, Carmen Davis of Noblesville, Kim (Charles) Kidd of Fishers, Develynne Smith of Nashville, Tenn. and Tina Davis of Indianapolis; son, Chris (Kristine) Davis of Charlotte, NC; daughters, Letha Rhymes of Lancaster, Cali., Karla Young of Danville, Ill.; son, Jason (Lakeshia) Davis of Atlanta, Georgia; daughter, Raven Davis of Crawfordsville; three brothers, Clarence (Jean) Davis of Jackson, Michigan, Philip (Claire) Davis of Danville, Illinois and Richard (Tammy) Davis of Danville; four sisters, Rita Davis of Atlanta, Georgia, Shirley Lee of Danville, Ill., Crystal Hayes of Champaign, Ill. and Carol Denniger of Indianapolis; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Patrick Davis, David Davis and Todd Davis; two sons; one daughter; and one grandson.
Public visitation will be at Burkhart Funeral Home, Crawfordsville, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. Private family services will begin at 3, led by Pastor Kenneth Wilson with military rites by American Legion Post 72. Private burial at Danville National Cemetery will be held in Danville, Ill.
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