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