James M. Davis1

d. 26 July 2021
James M. Davis
July 26, 2021
James Mac Davis
July 26, 2021
     James M. Davis married Mary Jane Small. He died on 26 July 2021 at Winchester, Virginia; James McKinley Davis, 83, of Spring Arbor of Winchester, Virginia, formerly of Charles Town and Shepherdstown, died Monday, July 26th, 2021 at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester.

Jim was born September 10, 1937 in Fairplay, MD, the eighth child of the late Harry R and Mary K (Miller) Davis.

A graduate of Hagerstown High School and Shepherd College (now University), Jim proudly served as a Supply Corp Officer in the US Navy for four years, and then built his long career in the propane industry as Secretary/Treasurer and General Manager of Supertane Gas Corporation. He served as a Director at Peoples Bank of Charles Town and then Jefferson Security Bank, rising to the position of Chairman of the Board of each. His other Directorships included the Jefferson County Development Authority, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce (including being one of the original ten financial backers of the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival), the Jefferson Center of the Eastern Panhandle Training Center, WV LP Gas Association, and the National LP Gas Association. His early retirement years were spent in service to Shepherd University as a member, and then President, of the Shepherd University Foundation. At Shepherd, he was a member of the McMurran Society, the Scarborough Society, and was named the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumnus in 2006. He was also named Jefferson County Citizen of the Year in 1993.

A devoted member of Zion Episcopal Church, Jim served at various times as a Sunday School teacher, Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer, Vestry Member, and Senior Warden.

Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Jane Small Davis of Spring Arbor of Winchester, daughter and son-in-law Anne and Dave Strider of Charles Town, two grandsons, David Strider of New York, NY and Joseph Strider (Charlotte) of New York, NY, and a granddaugher, Susan Strider Copen (Mike) of Walkersville, MD, along with two great-grandsons, Jackson and Parker Copen.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

A graveside service will be held at the Columbarium of Zion Episcopal Church, 301 E Congress St, Charles Town, WV on Saturday, July 31st, 2021 at 2pm. For everyone’s protection and to help stop the spread of Covid-19, face coverings are required. Neither a visitation nor an after-funeral gathering will be held.

The family is most grateful to Blue Ridge Hospice for the care, comfort, and compassion they provided in Jim’s last days. In lieu of flowers, please be generous with your local Hospice.

Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com.

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  1. First, I am no longer “Mac' Davis. I have been 'Jim Davis' since my shipboard days of 1959-62. It was much easier to answer to 'Jim' (James) than explain the origin of 'Mac'. So family and '55' class members are the only folks who still call me “Mac'. I answer to both.

    I was graduated from Shepherd College in 1959 with a BS in Business Administration and commissioned an Ensign in the Navy later that year. Mary Jane Small of Martinsburg and I were married on Christmas Day of the same year. We were stationed in Newport, Rhode Island while I served aboard the USS Cascade (AD-16). Our daughter Anne Elizabeth was born there shortly before we moved to the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida. I resigned my commission in early 1964 and the family moved to Charles Town, West Virginia where I began a thirty-three year stint as Secretary and Treasurer and General Manager of Supertane Gas Corporation.

    During our thirty-eight years in the Charles Town area Jane taught elementary school while I ran the company and together we restored our 1834 farm house of fourteen rooms. During that period I served as President of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Jefferson County Development Authority, Director and Chairman of the Board of Peoples Bank of Charles Town and director of BancOne's West Virginia affiliate in Charleston. West Virginia.

    After gaining a forty-eight percent interest in the company we sold it's assets in March of 1997 to a NYSE company. Little did I know that I was about to take on an even more demanding job as President of the Shepherd University Foundation. I served two four year terms and turned the office and responsibilities over to far more qualified person in 2006. I then assumed the Vice-Presidency and Chair of the Investment Committee. I have always enjoyed raising funds for worthy causes and have recently joined the board of the Shepherdstown Day Care Center. My other passion is community banking. I have just completed five years as a director and corporate Secretary of Jefferson Security Bank which operated in Maryland and West Virginia.

    While we no longer live on the farm, we continue do enjoy the community in which we chose to resettle. Our daughter, son-in-law and their children live just ten miles from us and we spend somewhat of our time between Shepherdstown and Mercersburg where David McKinley Strider (grandson #1) is a senior and Joseph Edward Strider (grandson #2) is a sophomore. Both are Distinguished Scholars and pretty fine athletes.

    All and all, life after HHS graduation has fulfilled our modest ambitions.

    Mac Davis '55'
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    We missed the 50th reunions to drive to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take charge of our fifth Old English Sheepdog. Camilla-Princess of Fern Bank is our constant companion and best animal friend.