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Philip H. Davis

Philip Herman Davis


Philip Davis, 91, formerly of Arrowhead Farm, Kerhonkson, New York, died peacefully at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Andy Smith, in Maryville, Tennessee on October 14, 2016.  Phil was born on October 13, 1925 in Ellenville, New York to the late Millard H. and Roswitha (Kudlich) Davis of Kerhonkson, NY.  He attended a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Kerhonkson High School, class of 1943.  After high school he joined the army, serving honorably, and then entered Cornell University on the GI bill.


At Cornell, Phil joined the agricultural fraternity AGR where he found and maintained life long friendships.  “It was one of the best decisions of my life,” he said.  His senior year at Cornell allowed him the opportunity to make another “best decision of my life” when he met his future wife, Mary Helen Pelton, whom he married in February 1953.  They enjoyed 33 years of marriage until her death in 1986.


After graduating from Cornell, Phil went back to his father’s farm, working and improving the land and herd of Holstein cows.  Phil loved the land, loved his farm and loved working hard.  He also volunteered in numerous arenas, including the Town of Rochester Republican Club, Ulster County Cooperative Extension, Ulster County Farm Bureau, Accord Farmers Co-op, US Holstein Association, New York DHIA and Dairylea.  He was on the board of directors of the Eastern Breeders and a charter member of the Accord Fire Department.  For most of the 1970’s he served as an Ulster County Legislator.  He was a member of the Rochester Reformed Church in Accord, NY and then the Community Bible Church in Wawarsing, NY.  Later, after he moved to Maryville, TN, he was a member of Grace Community Church. 


In his retirement years he did not retire.  In Maryville, he volunteered at the Chilhowee Baptist Center, delivered meals-on-wheels, and every spring drove  back to the farm to put in the garden.  He traveled extensively throughout the United States visiting with family and friends.  He never met a stranger and maintained his friendships faithfully.  Phil earnestly shared his faith in Jesus Christ with all.  When he was 83 he traveled to Papua, New Guinea to minister along with the New Tribes Mission.  Then, when he was 88, he went on a medical mission trip to Nigeria.  In 2014, Phil fulfilled his dream of writing the memoirs of his father, Millard Davis.  Phil loved the outdoors – hiking, fishing, body-surfing and camping.


Phil was predeceased by his wife, Mary Helen Pelton Davis, his parents, his son, John Christopher, and his sister, Ann Davis Morgan.  He is survived by his children Katherine (Allan) Brooke, Holly (Richard) Kinch, Margaret (Andrew) Smith, and Peter (Kay) Davis, 27 grandchildren, Alban (Marie), Philip (Cecilia), Priscilla, Sarah, and Thomas Brooke; Joshua, Caleb, James, Elisabeth , Christina (Ben VanDine), Mary (Jonathan Cerha), John, Judy and Rachel Kinch; Hannah, Gretchen (William Ghossein), Jacob, Lydia (Steven Irmeger), Abby, Dan and Ben Smith; Grace, Philip H, II, Katherine, Hans, Hope and Samuel Davis, 2 great-grandchildren, Emerson Brooke and Samuel Cerha, nieces Ellen Morgan and Mary (Scott) Williams, nephews William Lupton, John (Sue) Lupton, and Douglas (Theresa) Pelton, his brother-in-law, John (Berta) Pelton and many dear cousins.


Visiting hours will be at Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson, NY, from 7-9p.m. on Friday, October 21.  Family and friends will gather for a graveside service held at Pine Bush Cemetery near the family farm at 2p.m. on Saturday, October 22 followed by a memorial service at Community Bible Church, Wawarsing, NY at 4p.m.  A reception will be held at the home of Peter Davis, Arrowhead Farm, immediately following the memorial service.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Bible Church, Wawarsing, NY, Grace Community Church, Maryville, TN or World Orphans (https://worldorphans.kindful.com/in-memory/memorial-donation-margaret-smith

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A GRANDMA'S GARDEN  TABLE BASKET was ordered on October 21, 2016

Expression of Sympathy Oct 21 2016 12:00 AM

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A RAY OF SUNSHINE was ordered on October 19, 2016

Expression of Sympathy Oct 19 2016 12:00 AM

I have so many fond memories of Phil Davis. The farm of course, and church and all the social activities we were involved with as families. Fresh Milk. Garden. Lords Acre. Syrup House. The list is endless. Phil and Ellen also came to see my father Bruce Clarke when he was living with me in Greenville SC. This meant the world to my Dad, who was in ill health. That was Phil. Selfless, respectful and loving. My prayers to all the family.

Patty Clarke Oct 19 2016 12:00 AM

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A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on October 18, 2016

A wonderful man we are so grateful to have had time with. We cherish our memories with gratitude. Thank you for making it possible. The Lupton Family

Expression of Sympathy Oct 18 2016 12:00 AM

Just acknowledging Philip's life in Kerhonkson.

Howard Chipp Oct 16 2016 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Davis many many years ago. My son was hyperactive and was told to cut out red and yellow dyes. I approached Mr. Davis about purchasing milk so I could make butter. The milk didn't go to waste as I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and was raised on farm fresh milk. My son improved and I lost touch with Mr. Davis. My condolences to the family I will keep you in my prayers.

Joan Rine Oct 16 2016 12:00 AM