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John D. Davis

John D. Davis, 89, of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at his home.

Born in Greene, NY, on August 17, 1928, John was a son of the late Claude Davis and Marie Harrington Davis Saulsbury.  He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Cincinnatus where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher.  A self-employed carpenter for several years, he helped design and build three additions at the church, including the addition which now houses the baptismal.  He was also a part of the gymnasium construction at the church.  For 16 years, John helped George Staley reconstruct his antique cars, working to rebuild the wooden frames of the vehicles.  He also volunteered as a tour guide for George Staley at the Northeast Car Museum in Norwich, and designed and built George’s calliope which has been seen in many parades.  As a carpenter, he also made his own violin and over 50 gun stocks for family and friends.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting in the Adirondacks.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Harvey Davis; and children, Marilyn Davis of Norwich, Linda (Steve) Carroll of Port Smith, VA, Joanne (Danny) Walker of Anderson, SC, Rosemary (David) McKinnon of Goshen, VT, and Kenneth Davis of Cincinnatus.  He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Chad Davis, Stephanie (Kendell) Cash, Shelly and Susie Carroll, Brandon and Emily Rink, and Clark and Johnny McKinnon; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Margaret Williams, Mary Sturdevant, and Joyce Blakeman;  sons-in-law, Gary Davis and Daniel Rink; and stepfather, Jack Saulsbury.

Funeral services will be held at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY, on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. with his pastor, Reverend Paul Carlson, and nephew, Paul Jewell, officiating.  Burial will be in Lower Cincinnatus Cemetery at a later date.  The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of John may be directed to the First Baptist Church of Cincinnatus (to be used for the missionary fund), 2608 Baptist Ave., Cincinnatus, NY 13040, or the Lower Cincinnatus Cemetery Assoc., c/o Shelby Mudge, 5169 Piety Hill Rd., Cincinnatus, NY 13040. 

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sorry for your loss of husband and father and grandfather. Becky Paul and Justine Thurston

Becky Thurston Mar 31 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss.

Linda Bunting Mar 18 2018 12:00 AM

Dad and John worked on several building projects together. I know Dad held John in high regard and I believe that to be true of the whole community.

Sharon White Pesesky Mar 17 2018 12:00 AM

To Mary and the entire family,

Condolences to all. My heart grieves with you.

Eleanor Caldwell Mar 17 2018 12:00 AM

Mary - Mike and I are saddened and sorry for the loss of John. However, we praise God for the man of God he was. He loved God and served him. He was a testimony and wonderful example of a godly man. He was warm, caring, friendly and concerned for people and he gave the best hugs!! He will be missed but for him his faith has now become sight as he is with his Heavenly Father.

Mike & Louann Lutz Mar 17 2018 12:00 AM

A MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was ordered on March 16, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Mar 16 2018 12:00 AM

A SPATHIPHYLLUM was ordered on March 16, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Mar 16 2018 12:00 AM

Uncle John was loved and admired by the Jewell family. He was such a wise man. He is best known for his love for God and family. I have one of his carved wooden ducks. He included a verse with it I. Corinthians 2:9 "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." God bless and comfort the John Davis family. We will see him again.

Judy Jewell Mar 16 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about John but he is standing upright in excellent company with his Lord and Savior and many other great friends

Lori & Grant Preston Mar 16 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss.

Nancy (Fausnaugh) Parker Mar 15 2018 12:00 AM

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