Carter Funeral Home announces the transition of Mr. Major Davis, Jr. on October 18, 2020. Mr. Davis passed away at Baptist Medical South in Montgomery, Alabama. Celebration of Life Services and Interment with Military Honors was held at the St. Luke AME Church Cemetery of the Enon Community.
Celebration Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Public visitation was held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home. The eulogy was delivered by Pastor Sidney D. Jernigan, Jr. of the Union Hill Baptist Church.
All visitations and services were conducted exercising prescribed social distancing protocols. Face coverings were required for all attendees.
Major Davis, Jr. was born July 10, 1935, to the late Major Davis, Sr. and late Carrie Lee Austin of Midway, AL. He was raised there by his mother and also grandmother, the late Missouri Austin. He picked up auto mechanics at an early age and was soon known as “the man to go to about a car” in Midway. That popularity followed him to Birmingham, AL.
His mechanic skills were further honed when he joined the military on April 4, 1957.
Later that same year he married Elizabeth Harris of Thompson/Union Springs, AL. After his discharge from the military, they moved to New York City where his career as a Master Auto Mechanic and also a car salesman flourished. He built a home in Union Springs in 1966 and spent time there every year, ultimately moving back home to Alabama permanently in 1999.
He loved the thrill of the casinos and he loved spending time with his kids and grands. Major departed this life on October 18, 2020, at Baptist South Hospital in Montgomery, AL.
Besides his parents and grandmother, he was also preceded in death by his grandchildren Lavar, Kareem, and Dasheena, and his companion of more than 30 years, Betty Jean Steigelman.
He leaves to ALWAYS cherish his memory, his wife Elizabeth Davis (NY), sister Marjorie Renee Davis (TX), brother Gerald Davis (AL) and 13 children: Larry (Phyllis) Davis (NY), Major Davis, III (NY), Alan (Marion) Davis (AL), Mal Barnes (NY), Jerome Davis (AL), Anthony Davis (NY), Brenda (Eugene) Davis-Bush (NY), Michelle Davis Dewitt (NY), Bruce (Sheila) Davis (NY), Taisha (Jeffery) Davis-Peters (VA), Marc (Malikah) Winslow (NY), David Davis (TX), and Lynn (Jimmy) Martin (AL). He also leaves 28 grandchildren: Latrice, Nicole, Jason C., Rahine, Sheneka, Jason D., Jessica, Danielle, Christopher, Shaquan, Chemair, Angelica, Shaqueena, Dominique, Morgan, Justin, Nashon, Bruce Jr., Candyce, Ashley, Jeffery Jr., Breeyanah, Marquis, Joshua, Jada, Jimmy Jr., Kai and Calliope; 18 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and lifelong friends.
The Staff of Carter Funeral Home is honored to support the family of Mr. Major Davis, Jr. with End of Life Services.