James H. Davis
January 6, 2013
James Henry Davis was born on February 9, 1941, in Clarksville, Tennessee to the late Will Henry Davis and the late Lillie Mae Mallory Davis. He attended Clarksville Public Schools where he met and later married the late Helen Woods Payne. From this union were two daughters. His oldest daughter, Yolanda Marissa Davis, preceded him in death.
James received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at an early age. He continuously instilled Christian principles and values in his children and those around him. James was also known as “Turkey”, a name given to him during his childhood because of his love of turkey dinner.
James graduated from Burt High School in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1958 and went on to Tennessee State University (TSU) where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1963. While at TSU, James pledged and became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. James taught school in Lebanon, Tennessee for several years. Along his journey, he received his master’s degree. James relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana where he taught math and science at Broad Ripple High School for many years. He also coached the girls’ basketball team while at Broad Ripple. James realized his love for children was his focus and purpose in life and he made a career change to medicine in 1976. James received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1980. He began his residency in pediatrics at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and completed his residency at the University of Louisville in 1983. James completed his sub-specialty training in neonatology at the National Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC in 1985. As a Neonatologist, James worked at Riverside Hospital in Toledo Ohio until 1990. After returning to the Washington, DC area in 1990, James worked in the Neonatal Unit at Reston Hospital in Reston, VA until he retired in 2008.
James left to cherish three daughters: Sarita Yvette Davis of Largo Maryland, Ashley Lane Muller of Herndon, Virginia, and Angela Marie Keene of Herndon, Virginia; one grand-daughter: Kayla Marissa Davis McIver of Largo, Maryland; six brothers: Frank Lanford Mallory of Indianapolis, Indiana, William “Billy” Davis of Indianapolis, Ronald Davis of Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Davis of Atlanta, Georgia, Keith Davis of Los Angeles, California and Vincent Davis of Indianapolis, Indiana; four sisters: Marchelle Burke, Debra Turner, Sheryl Davis and Angela Harrod all of Indianapolis, Indiana; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
On Thursday, January 10:
Viewing – Spirit of Faith Christian Center, Temple Hills (map/directions) – 10:00 a.m.
Funeral – Spirit of Faith Christian Center – 11:00 a.m.