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Donald "Don" Lewis Davis, age 76

December 09, 2008

JULY 2,1932-DEC. 4,2008

NEWARK, Del. - Mr. Donald "Don" Lewis Davis, age 76, of Newark, died on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at Christiana Hospital.

Mr. Davis was born in Hagerstown, Md., on July 2, 1932, son of the late Claude S. Davis and Pauline V. Renner Davis. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and, in 1955, accepted a position in the accounting department of Avon Products, where he would continue to work until his retirement as a senior accountant in 1984. Mr. Davis earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Wilmington College in 1972. As a licensed public accountant, he was also the principal of his own tax preparation firm for many years.

Active in the Masonic order, Mr. Davis joined Hiram Lodge Number 25, AF&AM in Newark, on April 2, 1973. He served the lodge for over 35 years as its treasurer and upon relinquishing that office in 2008, was named treasurer emeritus of the lodge.

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A life member of the Scottish Rite, he joined the Valley of Wilmington in April 1974 and served on the Finance Committee of the Valley for many years. He was also a member of long standing in Delta Chapter Number 6, Royal Arch Masons, and St. John's Commandery Number 1, Knights Templar. He joined the Nur Shrine in June 1974 and continued over the years to be a supportive Shrine Mason.

In 1996, in recognition of his long years of service to Freemasonry, Mr. Davis received the prestigious Grand Lodge Award of Honor from the Grand Lodge of Delaware.

Mr. Davis was a devout Christian and had been a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church since 1955. A loyal University of Delaware football fan for over 50 years, he was a longtime member of both the Touchdown Club and the Blue & Gold Club. He was a lifetime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America as well, earning Eagle Scout honors as a young man and volunteering with the BSA as an adult. For his many valuable contributions to the community, he was inducted into the Laurelwood Hall of Fame in Elkton earlier this year.

Mr. Davis enjoyed many activities throughout his life, including camping, bowling, playing golf and cards, and traveling with his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Nancy Lee Myers Davis; children, Keith Davis and wife, Mary Ann, of Elkton, Md.; Karen Davis of Williamsport, Md.; Kathy Nice and husband, Jim, of Fairfax, Va.; and Krista Fleetwood and husband, Alan, of Newark, Del.; brother, Richard Davis and wife, Carol, of West Chester, Pa.; grandchildren, Dawn Loveless and husband, Eric, of Bear, Del.; Drew Davis of Bear, Del.; Alexander, Anna and Adam Fleetwood of Newark, Del.; and Jason Nice of Fairfax, Va.; and great-grandson, Derek Loveless of Bear, Del.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, Del., where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m.. Friends may call again from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Ave., Newark, Del. A funeral service will follow at 11:30 am. Interment will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, Del.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Masonic Home of Delaware, 4800 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807 or to St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 701 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19713.

To sign guest register, visit spicermullikin.com.

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