Donald Lee “Donnie” Davis, Sr.

December 25, 1941 - April 9, 2019

Donald Lee “Donnie” Davis, Sr., age 77, of Romney, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Winchester Medical Center.

He was born on Christmas Day in 1941 to the late Anna K. Sulser Smith.  Besides his mother Donnie is preceded in death by two brothers, Calvin and Larry Davis and by his sister, Debbie Flack.

Donnie is survived by his sister, Carole Eversole of Romney, WV, his brother, Connie Davis of Romney, WV, his daughter, Shannon D. (husband Junior) Hillyard of Winchester, VA, his son, Donnie Davis II of Stephenson, VA, and the love of his life, his granddaughter, Cali Dawn “Yo Yo” Hillyard.

Donnie was born and raised in Romney, WV graduating with the class of 1960 from Romney High School.  He was a member of Class AA State Championship Basketball Team (undefeated 27-0).  Donnie then graduated from Fairmont State College with the necessary credentials to teach and his first stop was Paw Paw High in the Fall of 1965.  There he coached and taught until his move to Hampshire High in 1967 where he did the same  for 42 years.  He had a love of all sports and was coach, enthusiast, attendee, and supporter of as many events as he possibly could.  Many will remember having Donnie for Driver’s Ed and history, and certainly for his smile, a joke or two and always leaving you feeling a little better for having crossed his path.  People brought Donnie joy; friends, teachers and family.  If you were a stranger, chances were good you were soon considered a friend.

Donnie left very detailed notes about what was to go on his headstone.  It would be like putting a page out of the dictionary on granite.  What his wish did reveal was his love of life and sharing his life.  Floating the river(s), he listed four.  His Coon Dogs, he listed two.  Deer hunting, he listed six different  farms/properties that were special to him.  He wanted, and will have; “Trust In God.”  He also had listed his grandparents, parents, siblings, children and grandchildren.  Romney High School and the “WV AA” State Champs, 27-0.  The places he had traveled to and from (who has received a post card from Donnie?).  Small sketches of a basketball, a coon dog, and a little stick figure in a canoe.  This was a man who loved his life and the people in it.  Godspeed Donnie.

Friends will be received on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 4-7 PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney.  (*Please Note*) Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Ebenezer United Methodist Church (Mt. Top, Romney) with Pastor Kenneth Caplinger officiating.  Interment will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial contributions in Donnie’s name to:  Hampshire High School Athletic Dept. ~ 157 Trojan Way ~ Romney, WV 26757

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511

Jamie Kidwell April 15, 2019

27 condolences for “Donald Lee “Donnie” Davis, Sr.”

  1. June 15,2019

    David and Ellsworth (Brother) Margetts and family have just learned of Donnie’s passing.
    Our heartfelt sympathy to his family.
    We enjoyed his annual visit to Ma. We will miss his visit and time spent with us.
    We have some fond memories of his time spent with our family.
    Special time spent traveling to Boston via boat , the North End.
    We enjoyed our annual dinner at Schooners and spending time at Nantasket Beach.
    Again our deepest sympathy to all of his family.

  2. Rest in peace, Coach, you made playing high school basketball one of my favorite memories.

  3. I was sad to hear the news of Big D passing on. I have many cherished childhood memories of him. He was a close friend of the family, a neighbor, a friend, and a mentor. Many of my personal memories with Big D involve basketball. He would always stop by on his way home from work and get a few shots in with me. He would give me several pointers, the one I remember most vividly was the utilization of the jab step. He taught me to jab the defender off and rise into the shot before pulling it back. The list goes on. I was fortunate enough to tag a long on many of his officiating trips to ref local basketball which allowed me to watch the best players in the area growing up. We would always stop at KFC. Big D was always happy and sincere. Prayers to the family and community. He will be missed.

  4. Our family is very saddened by the loss of Donnie- He made an amazing impact on students of Hampshire County and beyond. His love of sports was undeniable. His enthusiasm and support continued long after his retirement. As our son said he was not only a teacher, but a friend we could confide in – he was fun to be with but we always knew where to draw the line. His smiling face will be missed! God’s blessings.

  5. It will certainly be a different world without Big “D”! He brought so much enjoyment to so many students during his tenure as a teacher, coach, referree and just general good guy! For all of us who continued to see him after graduating, he always remembered who you were, what you did at Hampshire and ALWAYS, ALWAYS remembered your nickname…that normally he gave you in the first place. Thoughts and prayers to the family and close friends that he held near and there were many.

  6. So sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs are with the family.

  7. Your family will be in my thoughts now and in the coming days. I have many fond memories of your Dad from Drivers. Ed. and traveling with him on bus trips for WVSDB.

  8. We are saddened & Heartbroken for the entire family, and for the loss of such a wonderful neighbor & sweet member of the community. Donnie always had a smile to offer to everyone he came in contact with. Will certainly miss hearing him whistling a tune when we are out in our yard walking our dogs. It always made these neighbors smile to hear him. His joy & good natured character was contagious. Feel privileged to have a neighbor like Donnie. Deepest & most heartfelt sympathy for the entire family. Love & Prayers

  9. So sad to read of Donnie’s passing. Donnie officiated many basketball game at Elk Garden HS & PSC when I coached there. He also umpired several softball games at KHS during my 2 yrs there. What a great guy, always had the time to share a story or a laugh. We don’t meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our path for a reason. This certainly applies to Donnie. Condolences to his family. RIP Double D

  10. I am the Secretary of Potomac Valley Basketball Officials, We were fortunate to have Donnie as an official for many years. As anyone who knew Donnie, they knew he was kind and generous. He was also encouraging. He will be missed. Even after he retired from officiating, he rarely missed a good game or for that matter any game.

    If only we could enjoy our lives as much as Donnie did.

  11. Big D was a good man he taught me a lot more than just driver’s ed He will be missed he is loved by everybody rest in peace big D.

  12. Donnie never met a stranger. He always had a story to share. He will be missed so very much by so many.

    I am thankful for his friendship and so many memories. I will never forget how Donnie visited and entertained my Dad, Arno, at the senior citizens’ home. The two of them took many a road trip around Romney so Dad could get a change of scenery and have some fun.

    Hugs and prayers to the family, especially Cali.

  13. Big D touched so many lives over the years. That great sense of humor, drivers ed, and ball game memories will not be forgotten….hugs and prayers to the family. Rest in peace big guy!

  14. Old Coaches never die as they fade into memories and stories of days past. I spent many days and years with Donnie and his family and treasure all those times. I know that all the f us who taught and grew up with him And all family will always cherish our time here on earth. Now for Donnie it’s up to a heaven to watch over all of us and be a spectatir and critic and all games to be played. Good bye my friend. Love to the family and smiles for all the good times.

  15. So sorry for your loss!! Donnie was special to so many people in this town!! He will b sadly missed by his family and friends. Was glad to call him my friend!! R.I.P. Donnie!!

  16. I had the privilege of working with Big “D” in the school system and he was also my Drs. Ed. teacher, my heart breaks for this family because they lost a sincere and heart warming person who gave his all…. memories are priceless… prayers to all of you.

  17. God received a very special angel. Donnie was one of a kind. I knew Donnie through my dad who he umpired with for years, as well as Donnie umpiring softball games when I coached and then I had the pleasure of officiating volleyball with him for the last several years. He loved life, adored his little granddaughter and daughter and loved his Hampshire heritage. Always could put a smile on anybody’s face and he loved his hot dogs, just ask Terry Turbin. Your time on this earth was beautiful. God bless your family, we will see you again.

  18. We at Paw Paw High School had the pleasure of knowing Donnie as a friend and teacher. I used to help him grade papers…RIP.

  19. Donnie was a great teacher, coach, friend and mentor to many of us that went to HHS. Always had a smile on his face. Never will forget… I had a pre 64 Winchester 30-30 and when Donnie found out I had it he would ask me everyday in Drivers Ed if I wanted to sell it. Finally at the end of the school year I relented and sold it to him. Couldn’t think of anyone I would have rather had it. Donnie you will be missed by many!… I feel honored to have known you!

  20. Donnie and I knew each other as we both taught at HHS, “shared” many of the same students for the years I was there. He had stories to share, was really interested in all of his sudents, a positive influence in their lives. Thank you, Donnie, for being “You.”

  21. Our sincere condolences to Donnie’s entire family. We will miss seeing Donnie and having him visit with us as well as his phone calls which always made us smile. A lifelong friend who will be sincerely missed by so many. Again, our sincere sympathy.

  22. Sooo sad just saw him this past summer. He was our neighbor for years. We had a really nice talk when I saw him. I hadn’t seen him in years until this past summer. God bless Carol and his family and may He wrap His loving arms around them and hold them close. We loved Donnie.

  23. Such a great teacher. I will always remember Drivers Ed with him. He had a great sense of humor. I’m so glad to have known him.

  24. Our hearts are sad at the passing of our friend, Donnie. We have so many stories and good memories. You were a special “character” and you will make a special angel. Rest In Peace, Big D!

  25. My sincere condolences to Donnie’s family. A friend since elementary school I miss Donnie. So sorry I will be unable to be in Romney for the funeral as I am out of the area. RIP my friend.

  26. Good Man ! Great Friend ! Going to Ball Games will never be the same. Donnie did so much for Hampshire High School. He had Love for people. He loved his Family so much, He would talk to me about them all the time.
    May God be with you all. Our lost will be Gods gain

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