Robert (Bobby) Chriss Davis


Dec. 30, 1952 - Jul. 21, 2015

Robert Chriss (Bobby) Davis, 62, of Grundy VA, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington, KY, following an acute illness.

Bobby was born December 30, 1952, in Paynesville, WV, a son of Nell Payne Davis Byrd and the late Cornelius Davis. He spent much of his youth being young and full of life. He followed in his father's footsteps and joined the army, but decided to not make a career out of it. Later he took up his passion of construction; then later retired as a coal miner. Bobby was the one person to always put a smile on your face and was never one to back down from a dare. He will be sadly missed by all. Although he is not here, everyone's life he touched, will always have a good memory to take with them and hold dear forever.

In addition to his father, Cornelious Davis, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Early Byrd, his father and mother-in-law, Lewis and Rosie Vance; a nephew, Roger Howell, and his best friend, Danny Blevins.

He is survived by his wife Debra L. Vance Davis of the home; one daughter, Crystal R. (Davis) House and husband Devin V. of Sneads Ferry, NC; one son Robert C. Davis of Jacksonville, NC; five grandchildren, Jaynah E. Davis, Dalton L. House, Haven A. Davis, Xavier G. Davis, and Rosie M. House; his mother, Nell Byrd, of Jolo WV; one brother, Larry Davis and wife Martha of Paynesville, WV; two sisters, Carol S. Mullins, and Patricia Vance and husband James all of Paynesville WV; nieces and nephews, Teresa and Ronald McClanahan, Kimberly and Larry Profitt, Pam Howell, Sherri Blevins Colble and husband Randy, Bradley and Stephanie Blevins, Kathy and Dole Blankenship, Verlunda and Boo Honaker, Telisha and Timothy Hagerman, James and Dayna Vance, and Jimmy and Connie Bowles; a host of great nieces and nephews; additionally a host of brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and other family members from his wife's family; and a honorary brother and sister Kenneth and Jackie Blevins of Jolo WV.

Funeral services will be conducted, Saturday, July 25, 2015, at 1 o'clock with Elder Jack Cantrell officiating at the Bee Branch Primitive Baptist Church in Paynesville, WV. Burial will follow in the Easterling/Vance Cemetery on Brushy Ridge in Paynesville, WV, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post # 175 and VFW Post # 1144. Serving as pallbearers will be Jason Johnson, Johnny Lee McClanahan, Scott McClanahan, Ronald McClanahan, Larry Davis, Kenny Vance, and James Vance, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Blevins, James Vance, and grandson Xavier Davis..

Friends may visit with the family at the Bee Branch Primitive Baptist Church in Paynesville, WV, Thursday evening, July 23, 2015, after 6 p.m. and again Friday evening, July 24, 2015. Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV, is assisting the Davis Family.


Contributed by James Easterling

McDowell County


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