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Charles Ruben Davis

June 4, 1936 ~ April 11, 2021 (age 84)

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Charles Davis, also known as Chuck by his friends and family, was born in Thorton, Arkansas.  Being a child of a Military father, they lived in Japan, New York City, New Jersey, and Massachusetts in addition to many other places.  As a young man in school, he played basketball, baseball, and football. 

Chuck has always had a love for music especially blues, and was self-taught on the piano, bass guitar, and sax. He could literally play any instrument you put in his hand! During his life he played in many bands, and eventually created his own called, ‘The Mamma Jamma Blues Band’. 

As a career, Chuck chose to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force, which he reflects back on as ‘an achievement and a privilege’.  While in the Air force, he was trained as a Teletype and Crypto Operator, who encoded and decoded messages.  After, more than 20 years of service in the military, Chuck retired and taught school, but eventually retired from education to pursue his love of travel as a truck driver.  The whole time, never losing his passion for music and playing gigs throughout the United States and Korea.

After a few health problems, Chuck decided to slow down, and moved to Amarillo where he volunteered at the Veteran’s Affair Medical Center.  In 2017, he became a resident of Ussery Roan, with his Veteran brothers and sisters until he succumbed to pneumonia April 11, 2021.  He spent the end of his golden years doing things he loved like playing bingo and going on outings with his friends, playing the piano, singing, and watching his favorite sports.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Bernice and Elihue Davis, his two sisters, Mary Wilson, and Winona Minor, his two brothers Dolphus Davis (Karen), and Eddie Mitchell Davis, and his daughter Lisa Cherry. Mourning his parting is his wife Merylen Davis (Amarillo), a sister, Ariel Davis, Rochester, New York, three daughters, Angela Davis-Allen (Amarillo), Cherie Davis-Wilson (Larry) (Austin Tx), and Charlayne (Joy) Davis (Amarillo).  A son Vincent Brown (Leisl) (San Antonio Texas), 2 stepchildren, Celisa Morris and James Robinson (Colorado Springs), 2 grandchildren, Sydney Wilson, and Greyson Wilson (Austin Tx) and 7 nieces and 8 nephews, whom he loved as if they were his own, and a host of great nieces and nephews, and loving family and friends. Chuck had a special love for Rev. Phillip Randle, Elizabeth Randle, Gloria Roberts, Delores Thompson, Amaya Roberts, Lee Artis (Otis) Jones and the entire Johnson Chapel family.


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April 15, 2021

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church (Amarillo, Texas)
3100 Angelus Drive
Amarillo, TX 79107

Funeral Service
April 16, 2021

1:00 PM
Johnson Chapel A.M.E
1901 N. Washington
Amarillo, TX 79107

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
April 16, 2021

Llano Cemetery
2900 S. Hayes Street
Amarillo, TX 79103

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