James (Jim) W. Davis of Bowie, MD, beloved Husband, Father and PopPop, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2022 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his daughter Laura Roth and her husband Kevin Roth; daughter Christiana Anderson and her husband Daniel Anderson; and, his granddaughter Shelby Roth.
Jim was born on October 25, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA to James and Dorothy Davis. As an only child, Jim spent his youth going fishing and caring for his wide range of pets, including a duck, an alligator, and a raccoon. Having known her for his entire life, Jim asked his beloved wife, Pat, to marry him after graduating from college. Always a military man at heart, Jim joined the ROTC in High School and continued his involvement when he went to Penn State as part of the ROTC and Pershing Rifles. After graduating with a Bachelors of Accounting degree, he enlisted in the Marines, going on to spend 20 more years in the Army and Army Reserves, stationed at Fort Meade, Laurel, MD. Jim was extremely proud of the time he spent serving his country. In the military and his early career, he was dedicated to promoting the sport of competitive shooting and training with the establishment of the renowned Bianchi Cup competition. Later in life, Jim became a certified tax manager, assisting businesses and law firms with their complex tax returns, as well as providing tax advice to his friends and family. Jim was a long-time member of the Berwyn Rod and Gun Club, serving as President and Club Secretary. He was an avid fisherman, but what he loved best were the trips with his family when he was helping his daughters and granddaughter put worms on hooks and handle the fish, even if that meant he did not get to catch the fish himself.
As much as the military and his career meant to him, nothing was more important to Jim than his family. Jim and Patricia were married for 54 years. They enjoyed taking trips to the beach and spending time with their family. Jim helped raise his daughters with patience, a strong moral compass, and really bad Dad jokes. Jim loved being a father and a grandfather. It was not unusual to find Jim being a kid again with his daughters and granddaughter, playing games and going to amusement parks, especially laughing hysterically on the Scrambler rides with his girls. Jim introduced his family to Irish music, especially The Clancy Brothers, as he would sing off-key to the traditional Irish tunes. He also loved animals and going anywhere there were animals. Jim believed that it was his duty to give every dog that he met a treat and to be their friend. His greatest joy in life was spending time with everyone he loved. Jim was truly kind man with a huge heart, who always had time to answer a question or share a story with anyone he met.
On Saturday, November 5, 2022, there will be time to celebrate and remember Jim during a Visitation at 2:00 pm, followed by a Service at 3:00 pm that will be held at Beall’s Funeral Home at 6512 NW Crain Hwy., Bowie, MD. A private internment at the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery will be held at a later date.
In addition to or in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in Jim’s memory.
Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew him and his family is thankful for all the time they had with him.