Marvin A. Davis
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