Philip Davis, 91, for­merly of Kerhonkson

OCT. 13, 1925 - OCT. 14, 2016

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

Philip Davis, 91, for­merly of Ar­row­head Farm, Kerhonkson, N.Y., died peace­fully at the home of his daugh­ter and son-in-law, Mar­garet and Andy Smith, in Maryville, Ten­nessee, on Oct. 14, 2016.

Phil was born on Oct. 13, 1925 in El­lenville, N.Y., to the late Mil­lard H. and Roswitha (Kudlich) Davis of Kerhonkson, N.Y.

He at­tended a one­room school­house and grad­u­ated from Kerhonkson High School, class of 1943. Af­ter high school, he joined the Army, serv­ing hon­or­ably, and then en­tered Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity on the GI bill.

At Cor­nell, Phil joined the agri­cul­tural fra­ter­nity AGR, where he found and main­tained life­long friend­ships. “It was one of the best de­ci­sions of my life,” he said. His se­nior year at Cor­nell al­lowed him the op­por­tu­nity to make an­other “best de­ci­sion of my life” when he met his fu­ture wife, Mary He­len Pel­ton, whom he mar­ried in Fe­bru­ary 1953. They en­joyed 33 years of mar­riage un­til her death in 1986.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Cor­nell, Phil went back to his fa­ther’s farm, work­ing and im­prov­ing the land and herd of Hol­stein cows. Phil loved the land, loved his farm and loved work­ing hard. He also vol­un­teered in nu­mer­ous are­nas, in­clud­ing the Town of Rochester Repub­li­can Club, Ul­ster County Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion, Ul­ster County Farm Bureau, Ac­cord Farm­ers Co-op, U.S. Hol­stein As­so­ci­a­tion, New York DHIA and Dairylea. He was on the board of di­rec­tors of the Eastern Breed­ers and was a char­ter member of the Ac­cord Fire De­part­ment. For most of the 1970s he served as an Ul­ster County leg­is­la­tor. He was a member of the Rochester Re­formed Church in Ac­cord, N.Y., and then the Com­mu­nity Bi­ble Church in Wawars­ing, N.Y. Later, af­ter he moved to Maryville, Tenn., he was a member of Grace Com­mu­nity Church.

In his re­tire­ment years, he did not re­tire. In Maryville, he vol­un­teered at the Chil­howee Bap­tist Cen­ter, de­liv­ered meals-on-wheels, and ev­ery spring drove back to the farm to put in the gar­den. He trav­eled ex­ten­sively through­out the United States, vis­it­ing with fam­ily and friends. He never met a stranger, and main­tained his friend­ships faith­fully. Phil earnestly shared his faith in Je­sus Christ with all. When he was 83, he trav­eled to Pa­pua, New Guinea, to min­is­ter along with the New Tribes Mis­sion. Then, when he was 88, he went on a med­i­cal mis­sion trip to Nige­ria. In 2014, Phil ful­filled his dream of writ­ing the mem­oirs of his fa­ther, Mil­lard Davis. Phil loved the out­doors, hik­ing, fish­ing, body­surf­ing and camp­ing.

Phil was pre­de­ceased by his wife, Mary He­len Pel­ton Davis; his par­ents; his son, John Christo­pher, and his sis­ter, Ann Davis Morgan.

He is sur­vived by his chil­dren, Kather­ine (Al­lan) Brooke, Holly (Richard) Kinch, Mar­garet (An­drew) Smith, and Peter (Kay) Davis; 27 grand­chil­dren, Al­ban (Marie), Philip (Ce­cilia), Priscilla, Sarah, and Thomas Brooke; Joshua, Caleb, James, Elis­a­beth, Christina (Ben VanDine), Mary (Jonathan Cerha), John, Judy and Rachel Kinch; Han­nah, Gretchen (Wil­liam Ghos­sein), Ja­cob, Ly­dia (Steven Irmeger), Abby, Dan and Ben Smith; Grace, Philip H. II, Kather­ine, Hans, Hope and Sa­muel Davis; two great-grand­chil­dren, Emer­son Brooke and Sa­muel Cerha; nieces Ellen Morgan and Mary (Scott) Wil­liams; neph­ews Wil­liam Lup­ton, John (Sue) Lup­ton, and Dou­glas (Theresa) Pel­ton; his broth­erin-law, John (Berta) Pel­ton; and many dear cousins.

Vis­it­ing hours will be at Hu­mis­ton Fu­neral Home, Kerhonkson, N.Y., from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fri­day, Oct. 21. Fam­ily and friends will gather for a grave­side ser­vice held at Pine Bush Ceme­tery near the fam­ily farm at 2 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 22, fol­lowed by a me­mo­rial ser­vice at Com­mu­nity Bi­ble Church, Wawars­ing, N.Y., at 4 p.m. A re­cep­tion will be held at the home of Peter Davis, Ar­row­head Farm, im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the me­mo­rial ser­vice.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to Com­mu­nity Bi­ble Church, Wawars­ing, N.Y., Grace Com­mu­nity Church, Maryville, Tenn., or World Or­phans (https:// world or­phans. kind­ n-mem­ory/ me­mo­rial- do­na­tion-mar­garet smith)

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