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John Ray Davis

John Ray Davis died peacefully on May 21, 2022. He was the youngest child born to Hosten and Hester Davis and was predeceased by his parents and his nine siblings.

John is survived by his wife, Joyce Burleson Davis, son Harold (Cynthia), granddaughters Sarah Elizabeth Davis Maier (Travis) of John’s Creek, Georgia and Mary Katherine Davis Ogle (Trevor) and their children Torin and Adelaide Claire Ogle of Eden, North Carolina.

John was a beloved member of the community known for his skill as a meat cutter and maker of John’s Famous Sausage. In the 1980’s he began working in bereavement care, first with Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory where he served for many years. He joined the caring team with Beam Funeral Home and Crematory when it opened and continued to serve there until his recent illness and death. John’s warm smile and comforting presence, and vast knowledge of the community was valued highly by families. Many times a family would specifically ask for John to serve them during their loss.

From the time he was in his late 20s, John was actively involved in music ministry as a soloist, pianist, and choir leader, mentoring many in the principle of returning your musical giftings and talents back to God. One of John’s favorite sacred songs to perform was I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked. And, one of his favorite hymns of faith to play on the piano was Amazing Grace. With voice and hands, John gave of his best to The Master.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at Grace Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 2:00 o’clock. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Donations made in John’s memory may be sent to Grace Baptist Church designated for music ministry.

The family is indebted to John’s second family at Beam’s for the care and love shown to John and Joyce over the years and to the entire Davis family during John’s illness and death. Their graciousness and kindness is boundless. Thank you for your loving support of our husband, father, and grandfather.

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A candle was lit in memory of John Davis

Don Plemmons May 31 2022 5:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Davis

Keith Jenkins May 29 2022 10:08 PM

I have know John Ray since we were in Clinchfield School and Marion High years ago. When I lived in West Marion Joyce and I were Neighbors. Even though I moved from Marion when I married in 1959, I always saw John Ray
when I was visiting family, friends and Funeral Homes in Marion. I am heartbroken that I have
lost a friend and Marion has lost a Wonderful and Kind Man to Everyone. My sincere Sympathy and Love to Joyce and the other family members.

Maxine Davis Cline May 26 2022 3:19 PM

Dear Harold and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad"s passing. I remember seeing him at the funeral home and see he was loved by many. Praying for God"s comfort to all of you. Sincerely, Deonne F. Gibbs

Deonne Gibbs May 26 2022 8:01 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Davis

Brenda Lawing May 26 2022 12:08 AM

Such a lovely, caring man. He will be missed by all who knew him. I know he is laughing in Heaven.

Andrea May 25 2022 6:29 PM

Such a wonderful person! He always had a warm & comforting smile to share.

Vera Kiser May 25 2022 10:44 AM

I'm sorry this world lost such a precious man, but Heaven gained a special angel when John Ray got there! I can jut hear his beautiful voice singing in that heavenly choir..Being family, I knew him all my life, and never saw him without his trademark smile..He will be missed by many who loved him..❤️🙏🏼

Nellene Ledbetter May 24 2022 11:26 PM

What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel so lucky that I got to know him.

Michael Odell May 24 2022 10:02 PM

My first memory of John was hearing my dad talking about him when he went to get his country sausage ground-he always loved and admired him. And many times since then, when I saw John he always had a pleasant word and a smile. Loved when he came to the Cove and would come eat with us if he had a chance. His love of singing and of the Lord was apparent everywhere he went. Love and prayers to all the family.

Judy Searcy May 24 2022 9:06 PM

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