Larry Eugene Davis, 72, died peacefully on Monday, December 30, 2013. Survivors include his devoted wife, Deborah Willis Davis, a daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Shannon Davis Dear and Clifford, of Pensacola, Florida; a son, Drew Davis of Petaluma, California; his brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Pat Davis, Robert and Shirley Davis, Glen and Marie Davis and Charles and Pam Davis; and his mother-in-law, Fritz Willis of Statesboro. The Davis and Willis families include eight brothers and sisters and their children and grandchildren.
Larry grew up in Appling County and was hired by Georgia Southern as a Residence Hall Monitor in 1962. He graduated from GSU and was accepted for graduate work at Syracuse University and UGA (where he completed the PhD coursework); he worked continually at Georgia Southern until he retired in 1997. He held the positions of Graduate Assistant, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students, Director of Housing, Director of Auxiliary Services, and as Interim VP for Business and Finance. He was active in his professional organization and held executive positions, including President of the Southern Association of College Auxiliary Services. He was a member and worshipped at First Baptist Church of Statesboro.
Larry enjoyed fishing with friends, Ed Brown, Glen Stewart, and Shelton Evans (“LEGS”) and caring for his roses, orchard, and extensive garden. He and Debbie loved to travel to “non-tourist” areas such as the Bahamas Out Islands.
Visitation was held Thursday, January 2 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
Graveside services and burial was held Friday, January 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
A Celebration of Life Service followed the burial at 11:00 a.m., at Statesboro First Baptist Church, with Dr. John Waters officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Ed Brown, Glen Stewart, Shelton Evans and Patricia Burkett.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Bulloch County, 515 Denmark Street, Suite 500, Statesboro, Ga. 30458.