William A. Davis Jr. known by “Junior” was born on Oct. 14, 1946 and went to be with the Lord Jesus on December 4, 2020. Mr. Davis was born in Farmville, Virginia to William and Bertha Davis. They moved to Alabama and lived in Minor Heights where he grew up with 2 brothers, Bobby and Asa Davis and their only sister, Shirley Davis Kallaher. He had a wonderful childhood with many close friends especially from Westmont Baptist Church.
Junior married Brenda Gray in 1983. She has been the love of his life for the last 37 years and will miss him dearly. He is also survived by his 4 children, Kelly Vandiver (Bill), Gena Mueller (Nathan), Wendy Jardet (Chris), and William A. Davis III his only son who is lovingly known as Trey. He was known as D-Daddy to his 6 grandchildren - Maddie, Abby, Grayson, Hannah, Maleigh, and Christopher.
Junior was an exceptional athlete playing many sports including baseball and football. In his youth, his baseball team made it to the Little League World Series. He attended Minor High School in the early 60’s where he excelled in football as an exceptionally large running back who made the All-State team in 1964. He went on to play football at the University of Alabama for Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He learned so much from Coach Bryant and often said he was one the toughest men he had ever known. Among many of the exciting games during his Alabama career was 1967’s famous “Run in the Mud” where Junior blocked for Kenny Stabler as he scored the only touchdown of the game ending in a 7 to 3 victory over Auburn.
Mr. Davis was a businessman who after years of helping other people run their businesses, decided to start his own. Junior Davis & Associates, Inc. is a successful promotional products company based in Pelham, Alabama that is still thriving today. He loved his business and he loved the Pelham community - so much so, that in the 1980’s and 90’s he spent much of his free time coaching baseball and football, mentoring young men through athletics and the importance of being on a team.
Junior was an avid sportsman, from playing golf with his son and colleagues to fishing in the Gulf of Mexico with his buddies. He also loved hunting with his old college friends and neighbors and was once named one of Alabama’s best turkey callers. In his later life, he picked back up the woodworking skill he had learned in college. He had a passion for life, NEVER met a stranger and loved helping people and spending time with friends and family.
Mr. Davis fought a good, long fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Due to pandemic restrictions a private memorial service will be held for family members only on Friday December 11th 2020 at 2:00 pm at Parkwood Church of God. The family has asked that In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alabama Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s time for all of us to see the first survivor of this cruel disease. https://bit.ly/2JutMOb Team Junior Davis and Associates.