Celebrating the life of

Frank Massey Davis, M.D.

July 08, 1935 - August 07, 2021

Frank Massey Davis, M.D.

Frank Massey Davis, M.D., 86, of Savannah, GA passed away August 7, 2021, in Candler Hospital after a lengthy illness. 

Frank was born in Montgomery, AL, and later moved to Atlanta, GA where he graduated from North Fulton High School.  He was a graduate of Emory University and Tulane University School of Medicine, and a board-certified neurosurgeon, practicing neurosurgery in Tallahassee, Florida until his retirement.  He was the cofounder of the Tallahassee Neurological Clinic, past president of the Florida Neurological Society, member of both the Southern Neurological Society and the American College of Surgeons.  Frank was a proud veteran, having served in active duty as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the US Navy.  He was a member of the Shakespeare Oxfordian Society, the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, and the Landings Club.  Frank was an accomplished pianist, an avid boater and golfer, Life Master bridge player and dedicated Florida State Seminoles fan. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Leland Davis and Lucy Norine Davis, and his brother, Dr. George C. Davis.  He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife of 45 years, Judith Hewett Davis, his precious children, Margaret (Dave Kenney) Davis, Kathryn (Michael) McAvoy, Frank M. Davis, Jr. (Valeriia), Gary Smith, Jr. (Ashley) and 7 much-loved grandchildren: Ava, Kendall, Jessica, Davis, Walker, Bruno, and John Wesley. 

In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice or the SIUMC [Special Music Fund], St. Jude’s Hospital or the Salvation Army. Special thanks and appreciation to Dr. Tim Daughtery, Dr. Dana Kumjian and Dr. Michael Mullens for their excellent care during his illness.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m..Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church. 



I loved you so much granddaddy. You were by far one of, if not the, most brilliant men I know. I know you’re watching us right now and smiling. Thank you for being such a great role model, father and husband. You left footprints on all of our hearts.

- Ava McAvoy, Los Angeles, CA

Judy, I am so sorry. Dr. Davis was such a force in my career. He taught me so much and I still speak of him and how he wanted to "feel" those instruments in his hand. I will be forever grateful for his wisdom. My heart goes out to you and the family. Prayers for all.

- Nena Hester , Tallahasse , Florida

Judy, I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s death. He was such a wonderful man. Mark & I always loved being around him & we are indebted to him for bringing us to Tallahassee all those many years ago.

- Karen Lyn Vogter, Tallahassee, FL

So sorry for Dr Davis passing. I knew him well as a dedicated surgeon at TMH.

- H G Hanson, Tallahassee , Fla

So sorry for Dr Davis passing. I knew him well as a dedicated surgeon at TMH.

- H G Hanson, Tallahassee , Fla

So sorry to read about Dr. Davis passing away. He operated on my back around 1989 or so. He was really nice and when I was ready to go back to work, I felt 10 years had been lifted off me. Did a great job. A fine doctor and wished he could still be practicing.

- Florence Brown, Whigham, GA

Judy, I was so sorry to hear of Frank’s death. What a wonderful legacy of family, work and accomplishments he leaves. And you have been such a loyal and devoted wife to him all these years. May God comfort you and give you His peace.

- Andrea Andrews (formerly 6 She Crab), Savannah, GA

A neurosurgical pioneer in Tallahassee, highly respected and admired, and a professional colleague of the highest degree. And his surgical expertise was evident when he operated on me.

- Gregg Alexander, MD, Tallahassee, FL

Judy, We were both saddened to learn of Frank’s passing. I feel so fortunate to have met and partnered with him at the bridge tables for so many years. We had a rapport that that was unmatched with any of the other partners I have had in the years since you moved to Savannah. Best wishes to you, and cherish the memories you and Frank shared over the years.

- Terry & Cathy Baker, Orange Park , FL

He saved my life-twice. And he did so with such strength and confidence that he gave me that as well. Through the years of office visits and hospital visits he joked with me and we swapped stories and I got to know him a little better- always so proud to be one of his many grateful patients. My sincere condolences to all of you who are lucky enough to be his family, to those of you that learned from him, and to those who were so blessed to have known him well.

- Peggy Brady, TALLAHASSEE, FL

Dear Judy. So many memories flooding my mind. It was a true honor to have shared so much with you and Frank. And to have known his mother. I know you have so much to be thankful for. Sending much love your way. ❤️❤️

- Patricia Cooke, The Villages, FL

Judy, Sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Bob and I enjoyed knowing you both through bridge, church, and boating. Bob and Barbara Gunness

- Bob and Barbara Gunness, Savannah, Ga.

Judy and family, we are so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. He was truly and absolutely the consummate Renaissance Man. God be with you and grant you His peace. Gary and Carol Winchester

- Gary and Carol Winchester , Tallahassee, FL

Dear Judy and Family, We all share your loss of no longer having Frank being in your lives. To know Frank was to know a person who was brilliant, absolutely committed, and passionate about everyone and every endeavor which he was involved in. Professionally, he left a high bar of excellence for neurosurgical care in our Tallahassee community, and in all other of his many varied interests, there was always only that one high standard. Blessings to all who mourn his passing.

- Meredith and Elsa McKinney, Tallahassee, Florida

Dear Margaret, My heartfelt sympathy to you and your entire family. Just from knowing you, I think that your dad was an amazing man and a blessing to so many. Mrs. Judy, I have heard wonderful things about you from Margaret and am keeping you in prayers during this difficult time. Love, Amanda

- Amanda Rogers, Fernandina Beach, FL

Dear Judy:Marie and I would like to share our sincere condolences and empathy at Frank’s passing. I got to know him as an extraordinarily talented neurosurgeon who helped me with many a case at the skull base. (Along with his surgical partner, Dr Jim Geissinger, the 2 Renaissance men took call alternating nights for decades!) He was someone who was not only brilliant, but had so many admirable qualities He left Tallahassee some years ago, but our thoughts of him live on.

- Marie Hayes MD and Duncan Postma MD, Tallahassee , Florida

Dear Judy, Remembering Frank from my years at TMH as a outstanding neurosurgeon kind man dedicated to excellence. In PICU he was always willingto answer questions and teach. As a friend he was loyaland could talk about absolutely any subject with brilliance and insight. Loved by many he willbe greatly missed. love to you and family.

- Marilyn Roberts Capps, Tallahassee, Florida

Judy, Truly we celebrate with many fond memories the fun times we shared at Lake Burton with you & Frank many years ago. Praying for you in your time of grief, we thank God that you two made a profoundly positive difference in the lives of all you touched. May God bless you & hold you tenderly as you adjust to your new life without Frank. We would love to hear from you...

- Comer & Marilyn Cherry, Tallahassee, FL

i am anesthesiologist worked with dr davis from 1979 to he retired. i enjoyed working with him. nice person and good surgeon. we will miss him.

- Jitendra Padalia, TALLAHASSEE, FL

My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Frank's entire family and many friends. We were colleagues in the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship where he was prized and respected as one of our most brilliant members. He will be missed by many.

- Cheryl Eagan-Donovan, Winchester, MA

Judy - I was very saddened to hear of Frank's passing. He will be missed by many. We both were Presidents of the Shakespeare Oxford Society where we worked closely together. He was respected as one of our most brilliant members and researchers.

- john hamill, San Francisco, CA

I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Davis. He was a wonderful doctor that has been missed in Tallahassee since his retirement.

- BT Matthews, Tallahassee, FL

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel