Cornelius Davis, Sr.
March 19, 1937 - October 12, 2017
Cornelius “Dave” Davis Sr. 80, of Salem died of natural causes, at his home.
Cornelius was born Prince Jack in Los Angeles, California, the son of Prince and Louise Jack. Later, adopted when he was a young child, about 5 or 6 years of age. He lived in Los Angeles as a child.
Moving to Oregon Cornelius lived in various places. He finished two years of High School. Whenever Dave was asked where he went to school, he always replied, “I went to the School of Hard Knocks”.
At age 20, living in Portland, OR he joined the Navy in January 1955, as a Seaman Apprentice under Commandant 11th Naval District, with his home base being Astoria, Oregon. In August 1957 after spending time in the Marshall Islands he was released to inactive duty. He was obligated to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve until April 1963. After the Navy, Cornelius did auto-body work and light mechanics.
In November 1967, he met Gloria Jean Fuller in Independence Oregon. They moved to Lebanon, Oregon in 1969, where they raised their children. They eventually married on September 20, 1985 at their home on Hiatt Street. Cornelius worked as a Millwright starting with Crowns Zellerbach in Lebanon, and then going to Halsey, Oregon to work for American Can, which became James River and eventually changed names again to Fort James. Dave retired from his position as a Tech I in 1999 after having esophageal cancer surgery.
Cornelius “Corny” spent his years enjoying family time (like when he took the kids to Six Flags), visiting with lifelong friends, riding his Motorcycle and shooting pool. He was known to hold a yearly birthday party and enjoyed playing dominos. Anyone that knew him knows how much he loved smoking his weed, and enjoyed the king of beer his Budweiser. He would say “I love the sound of the “POW” on that first can while drinking it down and after that you can enjoy the second one”. He liked to consider himself a ladies man. He would often tell people that his buddy showed up referring to “Evan Williams and if Evan wasn’t available Jack Daniels was always welcomed”.
Dave loved to watch Boxing, the Williams Sisters and his good ole Westerns. In these last few years he would be found taking care of his plants, and playing mojang or hearts on the computer all the while listening to Jazz & Blues.
Some of you all may remember hearing Cornelius say some of the following things through his life time: “I’ll be damned”, “hey my man”, “I aint trying to hear that mess”, “It never happened”, or possibly “Boy, Boy, Boy”.
He is survived by his seven children, Carlena Davis of Portland, David Turner Davis (Penny), Tammy Railback, Veryl Davis (Lori), Cornelius “Key” Davis Jr. (Melissa) of Salem, Sir Marcus Davis of Eugene, and Temeka Davis Cline (Destry) of Lebanon. Twenty Grandchildren, LaTonya, Jimika, David, Candice, Selena, Nicholas, Alicia, Courtney, Mary Elizabeth, Trent, Deonette, Destiny, Tori, Trevor, Saxton, Keenen, Gloria, Zayden , Destry and Chance. Also, 19 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his wife Gloria J. Davis, his daughter Mary Evelyn Davis, and grandchild Kanen Prince Davis. In keeping with Cornelius’s wishes, no service will be held. A family/friend potluck and Celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday November 19th, at his home, 1123 46th Pl S.E. Salem.