Wayland Davis
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Wayland Davis

NAME

Wayland Rudolph Davis

HOME OF RECORD

Rustburg

DATE OF BIRTH

09/14/1924

STATE

VA

DATE OF DEATH

December 10, 2012

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Air Force

INDUCTION YEAR

2019

Biography

Wayland Rudolph Davis was born on September 14, 1924, in Halifax County, Virginia. Wayland was career military; first in the Navy and then in the Air Force. He bravely defended his country serving in World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. His wife of sixty-two years, Dorothy Driskill Davis, preceded him in death. Their three children and extended family survive. Those same strong and capable hands trusted to maintain an aircraft could build a house, mend a fence, fix a car, a bicycle, a doll, make pancakes with homemade syrup, serve up a fine banana puddin', hug the suffering, swing a laughing child into the air, cradle an infant, hang lights on a Christmas tree, and tum the pages of his well-worn Bible. Love for God, family and country, commitment to personal responsibility and accountability, spirit of generosity, never ending sense of humor, and the high value he placed on education built the foundation from which his children soared. He watched proudly as his wife and children accepted their college degrees. His children watched proudly as he accepted his high school diploma at the age of 82. Every morning after breakfast he read the newspaper and checked to make sure he was not in the obituary. Once assured his death had not been announced, his blue eyes would sparkle and with a grin he would say, "Well, I guess I ain't dead yet." Then he would tackle the day's crossword puzzle. On Monday mon┬Áng, December 10, 2012, our father, Wayland Rudolph Davis, passed away due to complications related to Multiple Myeloma caused by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. The newspaper, the day's crossword puzzle blank, lay on his chair. He was buried in the family cemetery in Halifax, Virginia, the County of his birth.