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Joseph O. "Jody" Davis

November 12, 1948 July 26, 2016
Joseph O. "Jody" Davis
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Family and friends are advised of the passing of Joseph Olin Davis, Jr. 68, on July 26, 2016, at his
residence at Estate Canaan on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Jody, as he is commonly known, is survived by sons Jesse Davis of Miami, FL, Olin Davis of
Burlington, VT and Luke Davis currently serving in the United States Army, brother Elliott "Mac"
Davis of St. Thomas, and sister Cameron Davis Ellison of Hendersonville, NC. He is preceded in
death by his parents Bette and Joe Davis of St. Thomas.

Jody was born in Savannah, Georgia, but moved with his parents and siblings to St. Thomas in
1962, where he remained until his untimely death. He was both well-known
and well-liked by all that knew him.

At the time of his passing, Jody owned Arcturian Security Company, providing technical and
electronic security installation throughout the Virgin Islands, and Broadband VI. Previously, he
was a licensed marine radio telephone operator, and a construction supervisor and General
Manager at his father's company Davis Construction Company.

Jody had an extensive history of community service to the People of the Virgin Islands, being a
long time volunteer member of the Virgin Islands Civil Defense Corps, where he held a senior
position as Sector Captain (STT-18) responsible for the well-being of Northside residents and
properties during any and all emergencies, from search and rescue, hurricane recoveries to
firefighting and disaster mitigation. He was repeatedly recognized and commended by
Governors and Legislators for his public service contributions.

In 1975, following a number of search and rescue operations, Jody, along with his Civil Defense
partner Patrick Deery (STT-19) and Civil Defense Field Operations Officer Anibal "Chickie"
Morciglio (Indio), created the framework to establish a fully certified, equipped and trained
professional volunteer rescue squad. Using the initial framework of Civil Defense, the Virgin
Islands first rescue squad was formed within the ranks of the Corps. It was affectionately
referred to as "The Dirty Dozen".

In 1978, realizing that the Civil Defense organization was reorganizing, and that funding
necessary to expand a rescue service was not available, Jody, along with Patrick, Chickie, and
others, founded and incorporated the all-volunteer St. Thomas Rescue, Inc. Today, nearly 40
years later, it still remains as the only rescue service on St. Thomas.

Throughout the years, Jody volunteered for many hazardous assignments within the
community, on land and at sea. Among the more memorable emergencies, aside from
devastating Hurricanes Hugo and Marilyn, he worked the Carib Gas explosion, the Carnival time
American Airlines crash, the Angelina Lauro burning, and other life-threatening emergencies
too numerous to mention.

His interest at being the best he could be allowed him to become a graduate of the US
Department of Transportation's first Emergency Medical Technician - Ambulance course in the
Virgin Islands; was also a nationally certified Heavy Rescue Instructor, Hearst Tool (Jaws-of-Life)
Instructor, Advanced First Aid and CPR Instructor Trainer, and held other related qualifications.
Rescue Captain Jody Davis was an integral part of the emergency services of the Virgin Islands.
Again, and throughout his illustrious volunteer career, Jody was presented with numerous
awards and commendations from Governors, Senators and other leaders within the Virgin
Islands community.

Jody attended both Charlotte Amalie High School and Antilles School, where he was an avid
athlete on the football teams, and College of the Virgin Islands. He also played in a softball
league, loved to swim, scuba and spearfish, drive motorcycles, play pool and darts and was a
pistol marksman.

As a student of Life, Jody was always looking forward to what's around the next corner. His
favorite quote was, "Today is yesterday's tomorrow, and therein lies your Future".
Jody will be sorely missed by family, friends and all that knew him. He truly was one of the good

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to St. Thomas
Rescue, Inc.

Funeral Information

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service in "Celebration of his
Life" to be held on August 18, 2016, Magen's Bay Beach at 3p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home and Cremation of St. Thomas and St. John.

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