Louis Davis Jr.'s journey of life began on May 16, 1929, in Camden, Arkansas. His peaceful transition to his eternal life was Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey, Sumter.

He was a son of the late Louis Charles Davis Sr. and Idell Anderson Davis. He was married to the late Millie Grant Workman Davis. To this union, one child was born, Marcia Davis Major. At an early age, Louis was baptized at Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, Camden. Later he joined Hopewell Baptist Church, where he was a devoted and faithful member for more than 50 years. As a member, he served as a Sunday school teacher, superintendent, trustee, treasurer, secretary and was proud to be a church elder at 88 years of age. Louis enjoyed learning. In 1947, he graduated from Lafayette High School, Camden, and also received an associate degree in business administration from Sumter Technical College. After his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the military. He served valiantly with the United States Army 1st Cavalier Division in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Later, he joined the United States Air Force and served in the Vietnam War. At the conclusion of 20 years of military service, he retired as honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. He further served his country for four years in the USAF Reserves. He received numerous honors, medals and awards, including National Defense Service Medals, the Bronze Medal and Good Conduct Medals. Following his retirement, he worked for the United States Postal Service and Bosch, where he retired after 12 years.

He was a proud member of the VFW Sumter Post No. 10813, South Carolina Combat Veterans Group and the Disabled Veterans of America. He was a 32nd degree P.H A. Free Mason with membership in the C.C. Johnson Consistory No. 136, Columbia; a Shriner with membership in the Cairo Temple No. 125 Columbia; and a lifetime member of Catchall Masonic Lodge No. 425, Dalzell.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his brother, James Ray (Essie) Davis; daughters, Peggy (Richard) Gill of Camden, Venita Davis of Tyler, Texas, Mary Jane Ragin of Sumter, Cindy Chiles of Los Angeles, California, Marcia (Elliott) Major or Roanoke, Virginia, and Marilyn Workman Duval of Riverdale, Georgia; sons, Morris Workman of Washington, D.C., and Felix (Doris) Workman of Rembert; three special daughters, Geneva Murphy of Rembert, and Essie (Willie) Walker and Senora (Steve) Little, both of Sumter; a special son, Hillard (Sandra) Osborne of Washington, D.C.; four aunts; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, beloved church family, Masonic brothers, military comrades and friends.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 632 Floride St., Sumter.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Hopewell Baptist Church, 3285 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Richard Addison, pastor, eulogist.

The procession will leave at 10:20 a.m. from the home.

Burial will be at Mount Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery, Camden.

These services have been entrusted to the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr.com.

Visit us on the web at www.williamsfuneralhomeinc.com.