New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 18, 2021

Clifton Warren Davis

Clifton Warren “Boogie” Davis, 94, a life-long resident of New Kent, Virginia, died at home on Aug. 26, 2021, in the company of family following a short illness.

Boogie, as he was known to all, was born on Apr. 22, 1927, in the family home in Barhamsville, Virginia, the last of 14 children of Lloyd Calvin Davis and Mary Slater Davis.

Boogie attended New Kent schools, graduating from New Kent High School in 1944. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1945, where he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was selected to attend Officer Candidate School. He was discharged in 1946 as a Second Lieutenant and returned to work on the family farm in New Kent.

In the fall of 1947, Boogie enrolled in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with his brother Preston. Boogie played on the varsity baseball team for three seasons as a pitcher and graduated in 1951.

While at Virginia Tech, Boogie met Anna Hill, a nursing student at Roanoke Memorial. They were married on July 17, 1953, in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Boogie grew up farming in New Kent and loved farming and helping with farmers. He farmed his entire life with his father and four of his brothers, and later with his son Paul, still farming actively until shortly before his passing. He was employed by the Virginia Tech Extension Service as an Extension Agent for New Kent and Charles City Counties from 1969 until his retirement in 1989.

Boogie enjoyed reading, playing bridge, attending sporting events, and spending time with friends and family. He was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church and later of St. Peter’s Parish Church (Episcopal).

In addition of his parents, Boogie was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Anna Hill Davis; six brothers, Lloyd, Robert, Clyde, William, Whitfield, and Preston; and seven sisters, Louise, Eva, Julia, Virginia, Lillian, Gertrude, and Frances.

Boogie is survived by his son, Paul Davis and wife Marian; daughters, Cynthia Burnett and husband Stuart, Donna Gammon and husband Bill, all residents of New Kent County; five grandchildren, Trudy VanDyke, Anna Stuart Lambert, Tricia Davis, Davis Gammon, and Slater Gammon; four great-grandchildren, Grady VanDyke, Evie VanDyke, Preston Lambert, and Clark Lambert; and over 50 nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family was held on Sunday, Aug. 29, at Vincent Funeral Home in Providence Forge. A funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 30, at St. Peter’s Parish Church, 8400 St. Peter’s Lane, New Kent.

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