Celebrating the life of

Virginia Davis Preetorius

Passed away on July 26, 2021

Virginia Davis Preetorius

Virginia “Ginny” Davis Preetorius met our sweet Jesus on Monday, July 26, 2021. She passed peacefully in her beloved home on the Isle of Armstrong.

Ginny was born in Rome, Georgia on March 26, 1931 to Edward L. Davis and Cola Foster Davis.  She proved to be an adventurous, independent woman when she left home after high school graduation heading for the big city of Atlanta.  There, she began work at Southern Dairies, but soon decided that she wanted to pursue her education and began attending night school for a degree in Business Education.

Ginny met her husband, William James (Bill) Preetorius while attending college.  She graduated with her degree, got married and moved with Bill to Savannah, Georgia.  She taught Business at Savannah High and strived for something that was more meaningful to her, so she went back to school for her masters in School Counseling.  It was here that she found her niche and ended her 33 year career as Elementary School Counselor at Hodge Elementary.

Ginny led an extraordinary life.  She decided to get her pilot’s license and in 1965, flew in a cross-continent Powder Puff Derby from the west coast to the east coast with only herself and a co-pilot;  quite a feat for a woman at that time.

Upon retirement from the Savannah Chatham Public Schools System, she joined Grayline Tours as a trolley tour guide.  Her love of history made this endeavor one she was very proud to be a part of.  When she was no longer able to drive the trolley, she became a docent at the Davenport House.

Ginny is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved brother, Donald Frederick Davis, her husband (of 58 years) William James Pretorius and nephew Michael Preetorius.  She is survived by her nephews, Donald Frederick Davis, Jr. and Stephen Gregory Davis both of Cedartown, GA, Michael Phillip Davis of Aragon, GA; Mark Preetorius (Charlene) of Canton, GA and Ray Darley (Lisa) of Savannah, GA; her niece Lee Preetorius Kerger of Doraville, GA and several great and great- great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her devoted and loving neighbors on the Isle of Armstrong.

An intimate celebration of life and reception will be held at the home of Ray and Lisa Darley on Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 5:30-7:30pm. Her ashes will be interred in Rome, Georgia at a time yet to be determined.




A candle has been lit!

Thank you for your encouragement. Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends.

- Jacqueline Young, Savannah, Georgia

A candle has been lit!

My parents were neighbors when they lived next door to Bill and Virginia on Armstrong Dr/63rd St in Daffin Heights. I took my first plane flight with them.

- A Former Neighbor , Savannah , GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel