William Jackson Davis, III
May 31, 1931 - November 6, 2019
William Jackson Davis, III was born in Washington, D.C. to William Jackson Davis Jr. and Talithia Carrington Davis on May 31, 1931. He matriculated through the District of Columbia public schools, graduating in 1949 from the historic Paul Laurence Dunbar High School where he studied under some of the most well-educated African Americans, and developed a love for history. Beaming with cultural pride, he shared stories of being trained by teachers who held doctorate degrees and instilled high aspirations in their students. William served in the United States Marine Corps, and was employed by the United States Postal Service, District of Columbia Main Office, for 43 years.
Family was the dominant theme in William’s life, beginning in childhood. He never experienced being an only child because William enjoyed sibling companionship with many cousins who affectionately called him “Bee Bumps” and “Seif.” Some of his fondest memories were of the strong bonds that he enjoyed with his mother, her sisters, and their children who often operated as a single household, sharing meals, clothes, and sometimes lodging.
Through his relationship with one of his cousins, Wilmer Smith (Pud), William and Janet met at a Homecoming event on the campus of Howard University. William met the love of his life, while she was visiting from New Jersey. During their long-distance courtship, he wooed her with his lengthy love letters. They married on March 3, 1962 and he continued to write love letters, which often began with “my darling wife.”
In 1964, their son, Kurt, was born and they later moved from Washington, D.C. to Silver Spring, Maryland where they raised him and resided for 28 years. During those years, William, Janet, and Kurt enjoyed summer vacations in Cape Cod, Massachusetts with family and with friends who became family. They also traveled to Europe, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States.
William was an engaged and supportive father and grandfather, attending games and school events for his son, Kurt, and grandsons, Steffen and Chace, even traveling out of state.
He regularly attended Catholic mass, and imparted his reverence for Jesus Christ in his son and grandsons, often using Christian principles in his guidance.
William also had many skills. Before and after retirement, he kept busy with home-improvement projects for their home in Silver Spring and their home in Lake of the Woods, which became their permanent residence in 1994.
For William and Janet, friends became family and they established strong ties to Lake of the Woods, and enjoyed many social activities.
William will be sorely missed by the Lake of the Woods community, his loved ones, relatives and friends who will remember his life stories, wittiness, and wisdom.
His life will always be cherished by his grandsons, Steffen and Chace, his son and daughter-in-law, Kurt and Geri, and his wife of 57 years, Janet, who now writes love letters to him.
To My Darling Husband
We are now back to where we started -- writing letters. Instead, I am writing to you. You have been a wonderful husband and father. I never doubted your love for us. You were always faithful to the end. We’re going to miss you and your many storybook conversations. Thank you for the 57 years of enjoyment and love.
We will carry on with a big void, but with the help of God you are at peace without pain.
Your loving wife,
A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Fredericksburg. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25 at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LOW Fire and Rescue, 1 Lakeview Parkway, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Online guestbook is available at johnsoncares.com.