Gean Ray Davis was born on September 27, 1933 in Austin, Texas, to Frank Davis
and Martha Bedford Davis. He had a twin sister, Geanie Mae; plus 6 other siblings.
He came to San Diego by the way of his military enlistment. He proudly served his
country in the US Navy from 1954 to 1975, retiring with 20 years of service. He was
a cook on a variety of submarines – Sperry, Queenfish, and Nimitz. After his military
retirement, Gean was employed by the Chula Vista School District in the Maintenance
and Custodial Services department as a custodian. Gean enjoyed working with his
hands. You could always find him gardening, performing landscape around his home,
and doing other household projects for enhancements, maintenance, or repairs.
Gean married Lela Virginia Varner in. To this union there was
no children, but he was a devoted father to his step-daughter, Ava Johnson.
In 2018, Gean fell ill but always in good spirits! His loving and dedicated nephew,
Billy Moreland II, was his side-kick/buddy and primary caretaker until his death.
Gean loved to joke and poke fun. He enjoyed debating politics. He was an avid
football and baseball fan.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ava Johnson; and his parents, Frank and
Martha Davis, his twin sister, Geanie Mae Edmonson, sister Rosetta Bedford, sister
Sally Ann Davis, brother John D. Davis, brother Douglas Davis, brother Ashes Davis
and brother Ray Davis. All were born and raised in Austin, Texas.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Lela V. Davis, of Chula Vista, California,
niece Marilyn Jackson (Al) of Dallas, Texas; niece Debra McCorvey (Willie), nephew
Larry Manor (Verna); sister-in-law Elmarie Moreland, and brother-in-law and
shipmate Billy Moreland Sr., niece Ingrid Johnson (Gerald) all from San Diego,
California; nieces Elaine Watson and Janice Thompson, nephews Leon and Willie
Edward Watson all from Houston, Texas; and a host more of nieces and nephews.
“Time may pass and fade away, but memories of you will always stay.”
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