Philip Davis

Obituary of Philip Zippy Davis

On January 30, 1958, a sub-zero cold day in Keflyk Iceland, Phil made his entrance into the world with his usual laid-back attitude. Philip Davis, Jr., aka “Zippy” and “Uncle Elvis”, was welcomed into the family by his parents, Philip Davis, Sr., and Edwina Louise Bowie, and his big Sis, Debbie Lou. When his father remarried, he gained 2 more older sisters, Darah and Debbie Ann. As the years passed, he welcomed his little sisters, Mary, Susan, and Kathy into the family. Phil was raised in Merrimac, MA and Hampstead, NH, prior to his joining the Coast Guard at the age of 17. He served his country in California and then Governors Island, New York. He thought often of his military career, and was proud to have served his country. A few years after leaving the Coast Guard, Phil had an urge to travel South, and chose to make his home in Venice, FL and then North Port. In November of 1990, Phil took on a second job at the local Golden Corral as a part-time cook. At this job, Phil met a waitress named Janet. He couldn’t help but be captivated by her outgoing attitude and her attractive appearance. After never-ending cups of coffee and countless talks, he knew he had met the love of his life.. Janet. But there was a hitch to this relationship… he was scared to invite her out. It took Janet asking HIM when he was going to ask her out for a date. He replied, “When I can afford to take you on a special date.” On March 1st, 1997, almost seven years, Phil and Janet were married. Janet and Phil were not just a “married couple” but also Best Friends. And lest we forget, golfing buddies. Phil was a dedicated Christian, a loving husband to his wife Janet; a brother who always had a shoulder to lean on with words of encouragement, a special uncle to nephews and nieces who would need and ask for his guidance, a friend who always had a smile to brighten your day. With golf as his passion, he also enjoyed bowling, his poker night out, and under the guise of “Zippy”, played his guitar while jamming with his buddies. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Phil Sr. & “Lou”; son “PJ” Davis; sister, Susan Hartzig; maternal grandparents, Edwin & Mary Bowie; paternal grandparents, Willard & Doris Davis; and stepmother, Yvonne Cox. He is survived by his loving and beautiful wife, Janet Davis; two sons: Chad and Seth Davis of Haverhill, MA; stepchildren; JR and Renee Campbell; sisters and brother-in-laws: Debbie Lou & Cecil Ugas of Pascagoula, MS; Mary & Tom Mobeck of Chaska, MN; Kathy and Mike Garrett of Derry, NH; Darah and Ken Blanchard of Virginia Beach; Debbie Ann Mills of Hereford, AZ; brother, Bill Ryder of Virginia Beach; mother-in-law, Phyllis Weaver of North Port, FL; several sister-in-laws & brother-in-laws; several nieces and nephews who thought their “Uncle Phil” was the bomb; and too many loving friends to count. You know who you are. A Memorial Gathering will be held from 1-3 PM, Sunday, October 1, 2006 at Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel. Proper Attire: JEANS AND T-SHIRTS REQUIRED. Memorial Donations may be made to the American Red Cross, South West Florida Chapter, 2001 Cantu Court, Sarasota, FL 34232. Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Friends may visit anytime online at to sign a guest register book and extend condolences to the family.
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