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The number 8 represents victory, and prosperity. It seems almost natural that Walter Eugene Davis was born on the 29th day of the 8th month in 1937. His parents, Dora and Henry could not wait to introduce him to his older brother, John.
Walt attended school at Malvern Colored Elementary and Malvern Colored High School. He loved basketball, and with his height, was a standout on the team. As a sophomore, he was proud to attend the newly built AA Wilson High School from which he graduated in 1955. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy.
In 1964, he returned to his hometown, and on the 1st day of the 8th month, he married Martha Sue Sanders who was also born in the 8th month. Walt, Sue and 4-year-old Tamala, headed to San Diego.
As his naval travels took him around the world, his family also grew. In 1966 at NSA Mid-South, Tennessee, Kenneth was born, and in 1971 in Guam, Keith joined the family. The family settled in San Diego, and Walt retired from the US Navy after serving 21 years. After retiring from the military, Walt worked at Cubic Corporation and Hughes Aircraft, but his final retirement in 1997 was from Poway Public Schools.
As he and Sue had planned for years, they returned home to Arkansas to enjoy their retirement. Walter and Sue Davis left their home of 30+ years on Silverlake Drive in Poway, CA and relocated to Bryant, Arkansas. It wasn’t long before other friends and family who, too, had lived in California moved back home, and the Davises were able to visit with family and friends often.
Walt particularly enjoyed playing golf, watching his favorite sports teams, fishing, and maintaining his yard. He united with Lee Chapel AME Church in 2010, where he was a faithful member under the administration of John T. Grissom. Serving as a trustee, he was also active in the male choir and dedicated his time to Sunrise Breakfast activities as one of the leaders of the fish fry.
On the morning of February 4, 2023, Walt left his earthly home. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother. He is survived by his devoted wife of fifty-eight years, Martha “Sue”; daughter, Tamala; sons, Kenneth, and Keith (Victoria); granddaughter, Jazmin; brother-in-law, Chester Sanders Jr. (Catherine); niece Ann Mason; several cousins who were like brothers to him, other cousins, two nieces, a nephew, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Living to the wonderful age of 85, this octogenarian, Walter Davis, lived a life personified by victory and prosperity.
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