Everett L. Davis, 88, witnessed WWII US Navy atomic bomb tests in South Pacific

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Everett L. Davis
Everett L. Davis

Everett L. Davis, of Yorktown, died peacefully on April 26, 2015, at the age of 88.

He was born in Headland, Alabama in September of 1926, son of the late Joseph and Martha Davis. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy during and after WWII aboard the USS Dickson, USS Davison and USS Mount McKinley. While on the McKinley, he witnessed the Navy’s testing of the atomic bombs in the South Pacific while working as a radio specialist. It was also on this ship that he crossed the International Date Line in 1948.

Everett L. Davis
Everett L. Davis

He later worked at Fort Eustis as chief of the electrical shop for the post engineers. He opened Davis Electric and continued running his own business until December 2014. Over the years, Everett enjoyed bow hunting, racing Corvettes, Redskins football and NASCAR. He was a longtime member of the Hampton Roads Corvette Club and this club provided great friendships that he maintained until his passing, including very close friends Kenny Hudgens and Carter Flannagan. He was proud of his gym muscles and was still working out at OneLife Fitness until his passing. Everett was an active member of Lebanon Christian Church for nearly 50 years.

Everett was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita P. Davis; son, Michael Davis; sisters, Mary Eunice Brown, Anna Lois Shirey and Marguerite Rogers; and sister-in-law, Ginny Davis.

He is survived and will be missed by his daughter, Sharon Breckons and husband, Walt, of Newport News; son, Everett F. Davis, of Norfolk; granddaughter, Carol Ann MacVaugh and husband, Jimmy, of Yorktown; grandson, Walt Breckons and wife, Dawn, of Newport News; grandson, Justin Davis; great-granddaughters, Dani MacVaugh and Ana and Alivia Breckons; brother, Edward Davis; sisters, Carolyn Skinner and Marie Roberson and husband, Ronald; brothers-in-law, Donald Skinner and Jack Prevatt and wife, Vickie, of Yorktown and their sons, James and wife, Nicole, David and wife, Anna and Michael; special great-nephews, James (LJ) and Ethan; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Everett especially appreciated the love and care he received from family, friends and neighbors during the last year since the passing of his beloved wife, “Mama.”

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Weymouth Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015, at Lebanon Christian Church by the Rev. Dennis Worsham. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lebanon Christian Church building fund, 421 Yorktown Road, Newport News, VA 23603.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Weymouth Funeral Home.

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