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Ronald Davis

Ronald Kenneth Davis MD

Saturday, September 7th, 1935 - Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
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Obituary

Ronald Kenneth Davis, M. D., 83, of Kilmarnock, Virginia died on August 3, 2019.

He was born in 1935 in Waynesboro, Virginia, to the late Bruce Ben Davis and Essie Newman Davis.

Ron graduated in 1953 from South Charleston High School in West Virginia.

He studied Chemical Engineering at West Virginia University for one year and two years at V.P. I. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute) in Blacksburg, Va. He attended the Medical College of Virginia from 1959 to1963 followed by a surgical internship and residency.

He served in the U. S. Army from 1966 to 1967 as a Captain in the Medical Corps including a tour in Vietnam as a Medical Company Commander.

Dr. Davis practiced medicine specializing in General and Vascular Surgery in Richmond, Va. from 1970 to 2002 with Virginia Surgical Associates. He was part-time Surgical Attending Physician at McGuire Veterans Medical Center in Richmond, Va. from 2002 to 2013.

Dr. Davis was very active in the medical community as Clinical Professor of Surgery at The Medical College of Virginia, Chief of the Department of Surgery at Retreat Hospital from 1978 to 1979, Humera Surgical Society-President 1982, Richmond Academy of Medicine-President 1983, Vice Chairman of the Board of Southern Health Insurance 1983-1994,Chairman of the Professional Liability Committee of the Medical Society of Virginia 1983-1994, Seaboard Medical Association President 1994-1995, Doctors Insurance Reciprocal Chairman of the Board 1990 to 2003 and The Reciprocal Group Board of Directors 1996 to 2003.

He was also a Board Member of Regency Bank and Memorial Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Kilmarnock United Methodist Church, Kilmarnock, Va. and Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club where he served as Board Member from 2009 to 2012.


He moved to Kilmarnock in 2005 where he enjoyed fishing, golf and woodworking.

Dr. Davis is survived by his wife, Eleanor “Ellie” Stanley Davis; his children, Rahn Timothy Davis (Erin) of Soquel, California, Matthew Kent Davis ( Dana) of Glen Allen, Va., John Robert Davis of Louisville, Kentucky and Jonathan Paul Davis (Rachael) of Lexington , South Carolina; grandchildren, Kyle Davis, Justin Davis, Aidan Davis, Sarah Davis, Riggs Clarkson and Tucker Clarkson and his siblings, Gerald H. Davis of Atlanta, Georgia and John B. Davis (Mary Lou) of Goldsboro, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann Gribble.

There will be a memorial service at a later date.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to "At Home with RWC" and the staff at Rappahannock Westminster- Canterbury. He was a resident in the Health Care since June 2016. The family is grateful for the excellent care and attention he received. A special thank you to Monique Burrell , Chermaine Lee, and Rachel White, personal care assistants, who made it possible for him to spend time in his woodworking shop. He received great joy and satisfaction in teaching them the art of making Shaker boxes.

Memorial contributions may be made to MCV Foundation, 1228 East Broad Street, P. O. Box 980234, Richmond, VA 23298-0234. Memo line: M30017 Residency Program Endowment Fund for the Department of Surgery in memory of Dr. Ronald Davis. These gifts will support a great passion of Dr. Davis, the surgical resident education fund on the MCV Campus of VCU. You can also make a donation to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Parkinson's Support Group, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington, VA 22480.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Kilmarnock United Methodist Church
    Address
    89 East Church Street
    P.O. Box 2095
    KILMARNOCK, VA 22482
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    Officiant
    Rev. Penny Cory
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Michael Swank

Posted at 01:25pm
As a Surgical Resident at MCV I was blessed to have been taught by a fine young attending surgeon Dr. Ron Davis. He was a very accomplished surgeon and a gentleman in all respects. Although I mourn now, I smile when I think of those days in the early 70's at MCV. What we do in Life echoes in eternity and Ron's are wonderful. Michael Swank MD.
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William Vaughan

Posted at 12:07pm
The Vaughans of Lexington, SC wish to send our sincere condolences to Dr. Davis's family and friends.
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Tim Davis

Posted at 11:48am
Back in 2013, Dad sat down to be interviewed, answering questions about his life from his four sons. It's a long interview (in two parts). You can view those here (though you may have to copy and paste the URLs):
Part One: https://youtu.be/DkVtsNJYYM8
Part Two: https://youtu.be/sPAkKAOhvwk
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ED SAYLOR

Posted at 09:39am
Ron Davis was one of the greatest surgeons I have ever had contact with in my practice of medicine. His judgment and skill was astonishing and he was forever honest and straightforward. He operated on many of my patients and each and every one of them had a great outcome. He will always be respected in my heart as a great man and surgeon.
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Dana Holwitt, MD

Posted at 03:31pm
Working with Dr.Davis as a surgical resident at MCV was a true gift. He always made you feel like you truly knew how to operate. He always used to say to me, ..." now young lady you take the scalpel and go, there is nothing you can do that I cannot undo' ! I knew he meant it. He often spoke of his family and what he was working on in the woodworking shop during our time in the OR. Dr. Davis was one of the last true gentleman surgeons. It was a privelege to know him, to listen to his stories which were important life lessons and to be trained by him. Such a loss for his family and his MCV family but God has gained the angel to beat all angels. RIP Sir.
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