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Celebrating the life of
John Emerson Davis
Passed away on June 18, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Rosary Service
  • 7:00pm - Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 10:00am - Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • 222 East Harris Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31401

  • 912-233-4709

May the God of all comfort strengthen the Davis family during this time of deep sorrow. Draw strength from the love of family and friends as well as the words at “Psalm 116:15” also “John 5:28,29”..

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Tabatha and Bill- We will miss the spitfire and larger than life personality of our Uncle John. Know that you both supported and enveloped your Daddy in love and patience. He was happiest when experiencing The Stones concert. He was beyond proud following your journey into the Church. He took joy in bragging about your artwork which donned his walls. Know he is with you and is larger than life as he will always be Big John. Showering you both with prayers of strength. Love you. God bless. Keith, Diane + Jed

Diane + Keith Parker, Savannah, Ga

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put in end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

I remember all the good times we had. You were one of a kind and a very special guy. You made me laugh a lot, and we had our seious chats about life. Tabatha, he was so proud of you and loved you soo much. R.I.P. My deepest condolences to Tabatha, family and friends. GOD BLESS.?

Teri McCullough, Savannah, Ga,

My sincere condolences to the family an friends, at 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 26 it tells us that death will soon be done away with. That is a time we are all looking forward to in the near future.

Kay F, Savannah, Ga

I remember John as a friend of my family he was a good friend of my brothers James and Jackie Edwards, I can remember when he was a D.J. and he made a tape for me and my wife because he knew we liked the old classic music. Johnny you will be missed but we know that you will be the best D.J. there. We love and will miss you.

Carl T. Edwards, Guyton , GaIn

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bill and your family God bless

Pat jiran, bloomingdale, ga

Please know that I'm thinking of all who knew my buddy. My most heartfelt thoughts & condolences.

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We always shared our deepest thoughts & darkest hours. I'll always love you & think about the fun we had. You were always special to me! Love you long time, Ted

Ted Maxey, Sav, Ga

John, you take care. Lots of Love, peace and good health awaits you. That "Man Upstairs" has us all in his hands. A life well lived! So proud of you! Special prayers offered for you and your family.

Bill & Mary Lavan, Gainesville, FL

Tabbatha so sorry for your loss.I have great memories with your dad when he lived with Uncle Buddy always playen the guitar and singing kept us kids entertained lol .But one year we didn't have money for fireworks for New Years and he put us in the car gave us some pot and pans .and spoons road us around Savannah banging away and yelling Happy New Year had the best time.I think i was 8 at the time.was great person love him and he will be missed by many

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Tab I am so sorry for your loss but your Dad will be watching over you everyday I love you my friend and I am here for you day or night remember when you see a red bird it's your Dad checking on you God bless you and Bill I will be praying for y'all??????

Connie Jiran, bloomingdale, ga

Tabatha, I am so sorry to learn of John's passing. I was the care giver for Bea Martin. John was such a great friend to Bea. He always referred to her as his "girl friend". He was always present at her party's at the Hilton. I know he was excited to see the Rolling Stones. He spoke of that often. I know you will miss him. You will be in my thoughts & prayers LeRoyce Brown

LeRoyce Brown, Savannah, Ga

So sorry to hear about John's passing. I know he was a big Stones fan, and dear friend of my Bro, Barry Johnson. Kind regards from myself, Jim Barber former Keith Richards' guitar Tech, and I know the guys would want to send their condolences to such a great Man as John. Jim x

Jim Barber, London,

I met Big John in 1981 .... he was bigger than life ..... a gentle giant with a huge sense of humor....i will never forget you John...God Bless.....Barry

Barry Johnson, Savannah, Ga

My deepest condolences to Tabatha and Bill and the Davis family.God Bless.My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Teri McCullough, Savannah , Ga.

So very sorry to hear of your daddy's passing. You were such a good caregiver and watched over his every move ! You have some great memories to hold onto. Sending love and prayers for comfort and strength for you & Bill.

, ,

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

We are so saddened to hear this news of Big John. We hope you can find comfort & peace during this very difficult time.

Ed & Brittney Nolan, Rincon, Ga

I’m so sorry for your loss . My heart , thoughts and prayers are with you . Claudette

Gerber Family , Midway, Ga

John Emerson Davis, 75, passed on June 18, 2018 from a long-term illness.  John was born in Savannah, Georgia on September 16, 1942 to Arthur Frederick Davis, Sr. and Mary Cecilia Dunn Davis. John was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Helen Marie Davis Ciucevich; brother-in-law David Julian Ciucevich, Sr.; brothers, William Francis Davis and Joseph Anthony Davis. John is survived by his daughter, Tabatha Lynn Davis Phillips, and son-in-law James William (Bill) Phillips; brother Arthur Frederick Davis, Jr. (Brenda); sister-in-law Carol Elaine Davis; several nieces, nephews, and cousins of the Davis, Edge and Ciucevich families.

He was a communicant of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.  John was educated in the Savannah Catholic Schools attending Cathedral Day School and Benedictine Military School. He was a precocious child and would always recall the time he got stuck in a drain pipe in downtown Savannah when he was 10.  He remained in the drain pipe for over 10 hours only to be found by his mama after she got off work the next morning. John’s first job was as a soda jerk at Leopold’s.  Unfortunately, this job didn’t last long as he was fired by his sister Helen for giving away ice cream to his friends.  He then tried grocery delivery with Fordham’s Supermarket. He was finally given an opportunity to learn the meat cutting trade working for local grocery chains including: A+P, Big Star and Colonial. He refined his talent working in specialty meat stores to include: Ray’s Butcher Shop, The Butcher’s Block and Walker Market; where he was well-known for making the best sausage in the city.  Big John’s passion was music. John was a DJ and performed in local bars singing his favorite Rolling Stone covers. In 2015 “Wild Horses” couldn’t keep him away from realizing his lifelong dream of seeing The Stones live during their “Zip Code Tour” at Bobby Dodd Stadium with his daughter Tabatha and dear friend Chris Smith.

Please join us as we remember Big John’s quick wit and knack for storytelling: visitation-Wednesday 6/20, 6-7PM; Rosary-7PM-Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial-Thursday 6/21, 10AM-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

John’s final gesture was to donate his eyes to the Georgia Eye Bank.  Organ donation was important to John as he saw first-hand the difference the gift of life has made in his daughter’s life. In lieu of flowers the family asks you make a donation to https://gatransplant.org/get-involved/giving/ or register to become an organ donor.

 

 

 

 

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May the God of all comfort strengthen the Davis family during this time of deep sorrow. Draw strength from the love of family and friends as well as the words at “Psalm 116:15” also “John 5:28,29”..

, ,

Tabatha and Bill- We will miss the spitfire and larger than life personality of our Uncle John. Know that you both supported and enveloped your Daddy in love and patience. He was happiest when experiencing The Stones concert. He was beyond proud following your journey into the Church. He took joy in bragging about your artwork which donned his walls. Know he is with you and is larger than life as he will always be Big John. Showering you both with prayers of strength. Love you. God bless. Keith, Diane + Jed

Diane + Keith Parker, Savannah, Ga

I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose someone we love. The Bible gives a sure hope of a resurrection. The scripture found at Isaiah 25:8 tells us that one day soon God will put in end to death. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

I remember all the good times we had. You were one of a kind and a very special guy. You made me laugh a lot, and we had our seious chats about life. Tabatha, he was so proud of you and loved you soo much. R.I.P. My deepest condolences to Tabatha, family and friends. GOD BLESS.?

Teri McCullough, Savannah, Ga,

My sincere condolences to the family an friends, at 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 26 it tells us that death will soon be done away with. That is a time we are all looking forward to in the near future.

Kay F, Savannah, Ga

I remember John as a friend of my family he was a good friend of my brothers James and Jackie Edwards, I can remember when he was a D.J. and he made a tape for me and my wife because he knew we liked the old classic music. Johnny you will be missed but we know that you will be the best D.J. there. We love and will miss you.

Carl T. Edwards, Guyton , GaIn

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bill and your family God bless

Pat jiran, bloomingdale, ga

Candle tribute lit by Pat Jiran — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Connie Jiran — Georgia

Please know that I'm thinking of all who knew my buddy. My most heartfelt thoughts & condolences.

, ,

We always shared our deepest thoughts & darkest hours. I'll always love you & think about the fun we had. You were always special to me! Love you long time, Ted

Ted Maxey, Sav, Ga

John, you take care. Lots of Love, peace and good health awaits you. That "Man Upstairs" has us all in his hands. A life well lived! So proud of you! Special prayers offered for you and your family.

Bill & Mary Lavan, Gainesville, FL

Tabbatha so sorry for your loss.I have great memories with your dad when he lived with Uncle Buddy always playen the guitar and singing kept us kids entertained lol .But one year we didn't have money for fireworks for New Years and he put us in the car gave us some pot and pans .and spoons road us around Savannah banging away and yelling Happy New Year had the best time.I think i was 8 at the time.was great person love him and he will be missed by many

, ,

Tab I am so sorry for your loss but your Dad will be watching over you everyday I love you my friend and I am here for you day or night remember when you see a red bird it's your Dad checking on you God bless you and Bill I will be praying for y'all??????

Connie Jiran, bloomingdale, ga

Tabatha, I am so sorry to learn of John's passing. I was the care giver for Bea Martin. John was such a great friend to Bea. He always referred to her as his "girl friend". He was always present at her party's at the Hilton. I know he was excited to see the Rolling Stones. He spoke of that often. I know you will miss him. You will be in my thoughts & prayers LeRoyce Brown

LeRoyce Brown, Savannah, Ga

So sorry to hear about John's passing. I know he was a big Stones fan, and dear friend of my Bro, Barry Johnson. Kind regards from myself, Jim Barber former Keith Richards' guitar Tech, and I know the guys would want to send their condolences to such a great Man as John. Jim x

Jim Barber, London,

I met Big John in 1981 .... he was bigger than life ..... a gentle giant with a huge sense of humor....i will never forget you John...God Bless.....Barry

Barry Johnson, Savannah, Ga

My deepest condolences to Tabatha and Bill and the Davis family.God Bless.My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Teri McCullough, Savannah , Ga.

So very sorry to hear of your daddy's passing. You were such a good caregiver and watched over his every move ! You have some great memories to hold onto. Sending love and prayers for comfort and strength for you & Bill.

, ,

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

We are so saddened to hear this news of Big John. We hope you can find comfort & peace during this very difficult time.

Ed & Brittney Nolan, Rincon, Ga

I’m so sorry for your loss . My heart , thoughts and prayers are with you . Claudette

Gerber Family , Midway, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Gerber Famiy — Georgia


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