Charles Alvin “Shat” Davis, age 87, of Maryland and formerly Uniontown, PA passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.
Charles was born on December 29, 1935, in Uniontown to the late Robert and Dorothy Mae Ford Davis.
Charles grew up during the depression, lost his parents early, but still loved life in Uniontown. He attended Uniontown Area Public Schools beginning with East-End Elementary and amassed lifelong friendships that would stand the test of time.
He was a family orientated guy who absolutely adored his family. He put his memoirs on paper so they would know just how much he loved them and how important his family upbringing with parents, siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins was essential to him excelling in life. Charles visited often and opened his home for his family to visit. He remained very close to all of his family throughout his life.
Charles was a United States Veteran. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of eighteen, on January 20, 1954. He was a Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. He also served in Japan with 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, known as “The Rakkasans”. Charles complete two tours of duty as Platoon Sergeant in Vietnam and had many duty stations he commanded. After 20 years, he retired from the Army in 1974, as an E-8 Master Sergeant. He received many certificates, letters of accommodation, medals and badges for exemplary service while enlisted. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Air Medal, Second and Third Awards, and Army Commendation Medal.
After his retirement from the Army, Charles began his second career with the government with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice. He served for an additional 20 years. First in Morgantown, WV then in Miami, FL. He was very instrumental in making positive changes to the prison system as he came up through the ranks and excelled there as Assistant Warden. Charles retired without fanfare from government service on September 16, 1994
Charles always remembered the humble beginnings he came from, but he never lost focus of what he could become. The love he had for his family shaped his entire life.
In addition to his parents, Charles is predeceased by a son, Glen Davis; grandson, Gregory Mosley, and the following siblings: Robert (Genevieve) Davis, Carolyn Lang, Barbara Lee Davis, and Dorothy Mae Davis; Davis and Ford grandparents, uncles, and aunts who have all impacted his life.
Charles leaves to cherish his memory his wife, June Davis; 3 daughters: Dion (Derrick) Mosley of Powder Springs, GA, Carlamiranda (Bernard) of Uptgrow, Conyers, GA, Davis, Angela Davis of Decatur, GA; son, Steven (Michaela) Davis of Katy, TX; 3 step-children: James Artis, James Henry Artis, Jackie ( Joseph) Artis, NY; 6 grandchildren: Cherise Uptgrow, Marcel & Dominic Davis, Tiffanie Davis, Steven and Brianna Carlton; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings: Estelle June Thomas, Clara (Westley) Dennis, Elizabeth Hooper--all of Uniontown, PA; special niece and nephew: Darnell & Nancy Jones who were his loving caregivers; his extended Ford family; 2 lifelong friends, Robert Rutland, and Lawrence Curry, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In his own words, Charles would say that he attributes his success in life to his temperament and his ability to control, “I am me and me is I. I couldn’t be great because of where I come from and who I am. I’ve traveled the world and achieved lots of success. I’ve dwelled on Mother Earth for seventy plus years. According to my mother, I am me. I know me and who I am. There’s one other thing I truly know, and that is that I’ve been truly blessed all my years.”