Marvin A. Davis

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GREENS­BORO — Marvin Au­gus­tus Davis of Greens­boro, Md., died peace­fully on June 21, 2017, at Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice in Den­ton, Md. He was 96 years old. Born April 4, 1921, in Golts, Md., he was the son of the late Elise Dar­ling Davis and Au­gus­tus Davis. He grad­u­ated from Galena High School in 1939.

Mr. Davis en­joyed truck driv­ing, boat­ing, go-cart rac­ing and sit­ting back watch­ing hum­ming­birds while tak­ing care of his flower gar­den. Marvin grew up help­ing on the fam­ily farm. He also helped with his par­ent’s gro­cery busi­ness for 30 years.

Af­ter high school, he worked as a car­pen­ter and at Deamer’s Steel Com­pany. He hon­or­ably served in the U.S. Navy and upon leav­ing the ser­vice, opened up Davis’ Mar­ket in Smyrna, Del. He was a truck driver for Bur­ris Food Truck­ing Com­pany and TRP Truck­ing Com­pany for a com­bined 48 years. Af­ter re­tire­ment, he worked as a handy­man for Tom Pinto.

Marvin was a mem­ber of Team­sters Union Lo­cal 107 and 326. He vol­un­teered with the Amer­i­can Le­gion as an am­bu­lance driver from 1945 to 1948. He was also an ac­tive mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Le­gion.

Marvin was pre­ceded in death by his lov­ing wife, Grace Vir­ginia Davis; and his par­ents, Au­gus­tus and Elise Dar­ling Davis; a brother, Austin Davis; a son, Marvin Davis Jr.; and daugh­ters, Nancy Lee Ay­ers and step-daugh­ter Jac­que­line Vir­ginia Miles. He is sur­vived by his daugh­ter, Betty Com­egys of Dover, Del.; and step­daugh­ter, Estelle Fer­gu­son of Ok­la­homa; a step­son, Wayne Rit­ter of Cen­tre­ville, Md.; and nu­mer­ous grand­chil­dren, great-grand­chil­dren, nieces and neph­ews.

Funeral ser­vices will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 1 p.m. at Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Funeral Home P.A., 200 S. Har­ri­son St., Easton, where friends may call on Mon­day, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at Wood­lawn Ceme­tery in Easton.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice, for Caro­line Hos­pice Home, 160 Cour­se­vall Drive, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617.

For on­line con­do­lences, please visit www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com. the fam­ily farm, Bloom­field, af­ter his fa­ther took ill. Af­ter a short pe­riod at home he be­came the as­sis­tant man­ager of Great Mead­ows Farm in Wye Mills, owned by Esskay. Later he worked as a driver and sales­man for G&G dis­trib­u­tors for five years. Fi­nally, he re­turned to Bloom­field Farm and re­mained ac­tively en­gaged in grain and live­stock farm­ing, liv­ing on the fam­ily farm from 1977 to 2005. The farm op­er­ated as Riggs Brothers with Bill and his youngest brother David, un­til David’s un­timely death in 1980.

In 1985, he es­tab­lished William V. Riggs III & Son to in­clude his only son. Dur­ing that time Mr. Riggs was ap­pointed as a Queen Anne’s County Commissioner, Oc­to­ber 1985-1986. He was elected to a four-year term in the fall of 1986 and again in 1990 to serve a to­tal of nine years for his county. In 2006, Mr. Riggs and his son, Bill, es­tab­lished Riggs Trans­port Inc. to fin­ish out his ca­reer. He also en­joyed work­ing part time for some close lo­cal farm­ing friends.

In ad­di­tion to his em­ploy­ment, he was a mem­ber of the QAC Jaycees, Ch­e­sa­peake Ru­ri­tan, Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, QAC Ap­peals Board, Mary­land & Na­tional Pork Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Board of Di­rec­tors Ag­way Inc.; QAC Park Board; QAC Fair Board; QAC Farm Bureau; Mary­land & Na­tional Grain Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion; Cen­tre­ville Li­ons Club; QAC Sports­man’s Club; Jeff Davis Post 18 — as­so­ciate mem­ber; Agri­cul­ture Sta­bi­liza­tion & Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice; Mid-At­lantic Soy­bean Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion; QAC Soil Conser va­tion; and Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church.

Mr. Riggs was pre­ceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Martha “Christie” Lynch Riggs of Elk­ton, whom he married on June 12, 1965; and his brothers John and David Riggs. He is sur­vived by one son, William V. Riggs IV, and one daugh­ter, Catherine Riggs Wil­lis, both of Cen­tre­ville; and the lights of his life, his grand­chil­dren: Trent, Bai­ley, Rea­gan and Camp­bell Riggs, Christopher, Vic­to­ria and Har­ley Wil­lis; his only sur­viv­ing brother, Thomas K. Riggs and his wife Mary Jo; his sis­ters-in-law, Shirley and Kath­leen Riggs; his niece, Heidi Pin­der; nephew Ran­som Riggs; as well as sev­eral cousins.

A funeral ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Fri­day, June 30 at the Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Funeral Home P.A. in Cen­tre­ville. Burial will fol­low the ser vice at Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery, Cen­tre­ville.

Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice, 160 Cour­se­vall Drive, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617; or to the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Pro­grams. To en­sure your gift stays in Queen Anne’s County, please make it payable to QACOEAC and send it to 505 Rail­road Ave., Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617.

For on­line con­do­lences, please visit: www.fh­n­fu­ner­al­home.com.

MARVIN A. DAVIS

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