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Donald F. Davisson, 74

JULY 23, 1937-DEC. 8, 2011

December 09, 2011

Donald Franklin Davisson, age 74, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 at Morgan County War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs.

Born July 23, 1937, in Harrison County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Birchie Lester and Lena Jane Hannah Davisson.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs. Don was a graduate of Bristol High School in Bristol, W.Va., and earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and social studies from Salem College in Salem, W.Va. He retired in June of 1993 after 33 years of teaching in both Ohio and West Virginia public schools. He coached eight different athletic teams at Berkeley Springs High School; football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, wrestling, and track, and won two state championships in softball. He also started the high school golf team. He coached for a total of 40 years. He retired from the 167th West Virginia Air National Guard after serving 31 years. He was a member of Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60 in Berkeley Springs and the Berkeley Springs Lions Club. At the time of his death, he was employed at Cacapon State Park Resort, working at the golf course where he had worked for 37 years. He enjoyed cutting wood and playing golf.

Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Beth Starkey Davisson, at home; one son, Christopher Shawn Davisson and his wife, Becky, of Berkeley Springs; one sister, Joan Fletcher of Thonotosassa, Fla.; two granddaughters, Whitney Noelle Heironimus of Martinsburg, W.Va. and Laura Michelle Davisson of Berkeley Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Agnes Davis and Deloris Ashcraft; and two brothers, Lester Davisson and Ronald Davisson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at the Berkeley Springs High School Gymnasium, 149 Concord Ave., Berkeley Springs, with the Rev. Andrew J. Cooney officiating. Interment with graveside military honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard and the 167th Air National Guard will be in Mount Olivet Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.  Saturday at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 95 Union St., Berkeley Springs, and one hour prior to the service at the gym on Sunday. The funeral home will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday for the convenience of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1400 K Street N.W., Suite 725, Washington, DC 20005.

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