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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Marvin Davis, 79 years old, born on July 13, 1929, and passed away on December 4, 2008. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Kay F Davis on December 4, 2020
Remembering Dad on December 4, 2020.
Posted by Kay F Davis on June 19, 2020
Happy Father's Day!

June 21, 2020
Posted by Kay F Davis on July 21, 2019
Happy 90th Birthday, Dad! July 13, 2019.
Posted by Kay F Davis on March 25, 2019
I published an In Memoriam notice on your wedding anniversary today. I hope this helps everyone remember you and Mom.

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Posted by Kay F Davis on December 4, 2020
Remembering Dad on December 4, 2020.
Posted by Kay F Davis on June 19, 2020
Happy Father's Day!

June 21, 2020
Posted by Kay F Davis on July 21, 2019
Happy 90th Birthday, Dad! July 13, 2019.
his Life

Retiree

Marvin spent the last 10 years of his life at his home in Callao, Va.

He read Time and Consumer Reports in the mornings. He watched Britcoms on Maryland Public Television, ch. 22, in the afternoons. His favorite Britcom was Last of the Summer Wine.

My father was a great mechanic. He could fix anything and do it well. The next generation of my family's mechanics were not as effective or efficient.

My father was also a good carpenter, plumber, and electrician. He was a "jack of all trades," to use an old cliché. He was good at many jobs.

My father tinkered on projects until he was unable to work anymore.

He died on December 4, 2008.


Smithsonian Institution

On the encouragement of my uncle, James Lee Davis, a building engineer for Smithsonian Institution, Marvin applied for a position as an auto mechanic with Smithsonian's Physical Plant in Suitland, Md.

Marvin moved to Clinton, Md., in 1978, after accepting this job. He worked for Smithsonian for 20 years.

Marvin lived with his brother and sister-in-law in Clinton. Later, he rented a room from an acquaintance.

Marvin returned home on Wednesday nights to tend to his vegetable garden in the summer months. He planted many kinds of vegetables: potatoes, tomatoes, corn, carrots, onions, squash, zucchini, turnips, greens, and cabbage.

He visited my mother and me on weekends. He liked to do fix-up projects at home then. He built a barn, for example, in the 1980s.

After a series of health problems, he retired from Smithsonian in 1998.

A New Home in Callao

My parents bought 2 acres of farmland in an agricultural community called Mundy Point in Callao, Va. In 1973, they moved into a newly built three-bedroom, two-bathroom home.

Marvin and a friend of his, Hiram "Junior" King, built this home. My mother named this home "The Pines" before she died.

My older siblings lived there until shortly after they graduated from high school. One by one, they moved out, for jobs, school, or family. By 1980, I was alone with my mother there.

My father retired from J.C. Moss & Son in 1978.

Recent stories

A Descendant of Jefferson Davis?

Shared by Kay F Davis on April 5, 2019

When I was a child, I found a history of the Davis family in my mother's den.

The book recounted stories of several generations of the Davis family. It included pictures.

The book culminated in a discussion of Jefferson Davis, who was President of the Confederate States during the Civil War.

Was my father a descendant of Jefferson Davis?

I plan to do his genealogy this year to find out for sure.

Newsie in New Jersey

Shared by Kay F Davis on April 5, 2019

My father told me in 2000, when I was doing a life history interview with my mother, that he delivered newspapers in the Quincy Street neighborhood where he lived with his mother and stepfather.

When he was 12, he won a trip to New Jersey from his employer. He traveled alone on a train to Philadelphia, then to New Jersey. I believe he said he went to Atlantic City.