June 11, 1921 ~ October 28, 2004
John Neely Davis, 83, of the Crowfields Community, died Thursday, October 28, 2004.
A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Emmett J. and Dorothy Neely Davis and husband of the late Caroline Ward Davis, who died in 2000.
John Neely graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School, attended the Citadel and obtained a B.S. degree at Wake Forest College, where he was a member of the golf team, the Monogram Club and the Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
He served in World War II as an infantry officer with the 14th Infantry Regiment in the European Theater and was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star and two Battle Stars. He also served in England during the Korean War with the rank of Captain.
He was employed by International Paper Company until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Biltmore Forest Country Club, the Seniard Creek Club and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.
He is survived by a son, Charles A. Davis and his wife Margaret W. Davis of Savannah, GA, their son, Jonathan of Charlotte and their daughter, Jordan of Savannah, GA. Also surviving are two nephews, George Ward Hendon and William M. Hendon.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard, where he will be interred next to his wife. The service will be conducted by the Rev. William A. Whisenhunt.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice of Hendersonville, PO Box 2395, Hendersonville, 28793 or to Trinity Episcopal Church, Building Fund, 60 Church Street, Asheville, NC, 28801.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.
Hi Charlie, I am your second cousin, the daughter of Mary and Tom Howie. Even though I left Asheville after I married in 1946, I always stayed close to my Asheville cousins – especially Junebug, Walter, and Johnny. I was so shocked to learn of John Neely’s death. I had called him last Christmas and he said then that he just had all the ‘old age’ symptoms that we all have. Bert King, Judy’s husband, had e-mailed me when he heard that Johnny had passed away. My husband and I both are so very sorry and offer you our deepest condolences. On an aside, I have a picture of you and my son Kevin when you were both around four or five years old. Taken at the Asheville Country Club swimming pool by ‘Aunt Jack’ when we were visiting in Asheville. Jack and Emmett hold special places in my heart. They truly were VERY special people. Much love to you and your family. Sally
Dear Charlie and Family —
My thoughts are with all of you. As remote as I am phyically out here in New Mexico, our family ties are close — today I am especially thankful for the opportunity I had just a couple of years ago to spend a wonderful morning with John Neely. He drove me and my wife Barbara to all the ‘family sites’ around Asheville, including the old Neely house on Monford Avenue. It was a very special visit as I had lost my mother, Hannah, just a few years earlier, and the connection with my family and its past was even more important to me at that time. Charlie, I was glad to be able to talk with you today and am happy that you found your first-cousin-one-generation-removed in New Mexcio.
May you find peace in the days and years ahead.
3 Vista de Sandia
Sandia Park, NM 87047
Charlie and Margaret,
Frank told me that you came by today. So sorry to hear about your Dad Charlie. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
You may not remember me, but I’m your second cousin, Walter and Adelene Watts’s daughter. I just wanted to extend my condolences to you and your family and tell you how much your Mom and Dad both meant to my parents over the years. They became particularly close after your parents moved back to Asheville.
I remember fondly the times you would come to Asheville and ‘Aunt Jack’ would take you and my sister Helen and me to Buck’s restaurant for pancakes.
Again, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how much you’ll miss your Dad.
Ruth Watts Wood