Dr. John E. Davis 1942-2022

BOILING SPRINGS, S.C. — Dr. John Edward Davis, 79, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 7, 2022, in the care of Hospice House in Landrum, S.C.

Born and raised in Youngstown, he was the son of the late Henry W. and Ruth M. Davies Davis and husband of Judy Byars Davis.

He graduated from Boardman High School in 1960, where he played varsity football and was a member of the golf team. He attended Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. While there, he was a member of the football team and played lacrosse. Upon graduation in 1964, he continued his education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he received his medical degree in 1968.

Upon completing his internship at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Davis entered the Navy as a physician serving in Vietnam and at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, Ca. He was honorably discharged in June 1971 at the rank of lieutenant. He then served a four-year residency in orthopedics in Chattanooga, Tenn., and became board certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Davis established Mid-Carolina Orthopedics in Tryon and Rutherfordton for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Eastern Orthopedic Association, the Southern Orthopedic Association and the North American Spine Society. His professional career touched the lives of many area residents.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Katherine J. Davis of Boise, Idaho, James P. Davis (Sara Jane) of Bostic, N.C. and Casey B. Davis of San Francisco, Calf.; a stepson, John M. Gibson II “Jon-Jon”; two grandsons, Alder and William Davis; and a brother, attorney James H. Davis.

He was predeceased in death by a sister, Cathy L. Spatholt.

Private services will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors.

Memorial contributions in John’s memory can be made to Parkinson’s Foundation 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

Condolences may be left at www.pettyfuneralhome.com.

Petty Funeral Home & Crematory, Landrum, S.C.

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