Donald Loren Davis, 94, of Wilmington, Ohio died 6:10 PM, Monday, April 11, 2011. His wife, Helen JoAnn Hodson Davis, whom he married December 24, 1939, survives. Mr. Davis was born January 1, 1917 on Farmers Road, Clinton County, Ohio, son of the late Loren and Ruby Moon Davis.
The early part of Mr. Davis’ life was spent working on the farm with his father and grandfather. He worked at NCR in Dayton from 1935-1937. After attending Wilmington College, he became principal and teacher of 7th and 8th grades at New Antioch. He was also the basketball and softball coach. From 1941-1939, he was a teacher and principal of Reesville School. In 1943 he became the superintendent of Reesville School. He also worked for the County and State Highway Departments during the summers. In 1946 he became superintendent of Chester Township School. From 1956 – 1976 he was the principal of Smith Place and Denver Place Schools. Following his retirement in 1976, he spent his summers on the farm gardening, fishing, farming, reading, and visiting with family and friends. He and his wife spent the winters in Florida enjoying the sunshine, fishing, swimming, and visiting with friends and family.
He was an active member of the Wilmington Friends Meeting and had served on numerous committees at the church. He was a longtime member of the Wilmington Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the Ohio Education Association, the Southwestern Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Ohio Department of Elementary Principals. He also served as president and was on the board of directors of Lake Blue Resort in Lake Placid Florida. He was a 1934 graduate of New Vienna High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wilmington College and his master’s degree from Miami University.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Davis is survived by a son, Larry L. (Rhonda K.) Davis of Crestwood, Kentucky; a daughter, JoAnn Davis (D. Myron) Murphy of Wilmington, Ohio; two sisters, Harriet Shidaker of Dayton, Ohio and Janet (Glenn) Smalley of Leesburg, Ohio; four grandchildren, Andrew L. Davis, Jeffrey (Paula) Murphy, Catherine Murphy (Brian) Bourgraf, and Christine J. Murphy (Larry) Moore; and five great grandchildren, Bradley Jenkins, Ashley Murphy, Lindsey Murphy, Blake Moore, and Jonathan Moore. In addition to his parents, a sister, Treva Fisher, is preceded in death.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio with Pastor Bob Beck and Rev. Dr. Tom Stephenson officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Wilmington Friends Meeting, 66 N. Mulberry Street, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.