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Willard Roy Davis

Willard Roy Davis

Jan 27, 1941 - Feb 11, 2023

Willard Roy Davis - Obituary


illard Roy Davis, a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend passed away on Saturday, February 11th at the age of 82. He was a 58-year resident of Edgewater, MD, a 17-year resident of Longs, SC, and recently moved back to MD in 2022 to be with his family. Willard was born on January 27th, 1941 in Ashland, Kentucky. In 1946, he moved to Maryland with his mother, Helen Davis, his father, William Davis, and his older brother, William “Billy” Davis Jr. By 1958, his parents had opened Bill’s Woodland Restaurant in Edgewater and this is where his roots began to take hold. He spent several years working for his parents, often leaving there to attend Baltimore Colts games with his father and younger brother, Gary Davis, sparking a life-long love of the Baltimore Colts and Ravens. Although, one could argue the restaurant’s most important role was as the meeting place of Willard and the love of his life, Carol. The two met in 1958 and were married in 1963. Soon after, Willard became a father with the birth of his oldest daughter, Polly (Davis) Aquilino. A few years later, his youngest daughter, Shelley (Davis) Sellars was born. Willard was officially a family man. Over the years, Willard became a prominent member of the Edgewater community and beyond. Whether it was donating his time to volunteer with the Mayo Kiwanis Club, sponsoring a Naval Academy Midshipmen for four years, or running his various business ventures within the area, one thing remained true - Willard was set on making a positive impact in his community. This impact lasted for decades, particularly when he opened Willard’s Barber Shop in 1961. The door to his shop was a gateway for a bevy of locals looking for a haircut, an easy-going conversation, and oftentimes, a meet-up spot for a round of golf with friends. Aside from being a husband, father, and local businessman, Willard’s real, life-long passion was golf. When he had a spare moment, golf was his go-to, whether it be on the course or on the television; it wasn’t a mere hobby, but a way of life. He spent countless hours laughing, swinging, and thriving on the course with loved-ones. Albeit, at the end of the day, Willard could be found sitting next to his wife, Carol, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Willard was the son of the late William Howard Davis and Helen Kate (Gosney) Davis. He was also preceded in death by his brother, William Howard Davis Jr., January 28, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Carol Ann Davis of Woodbine, MD; his brother, Gary Thomas Davis of Denton, MD and sister-in-law, Joyce Elaine Davis of Denton, MD; his daughters, Polly Ann Aquilino of Woodbine, MD and Shelley Marie Sellars of Edgewater, MD; his son-in-law, Timothy Michael Aquilino of Woodbine, MD; his grandchildren, Joshua Davis Kidwell and Destinee Leigh Masi of Canton, NC, Sierra Noell Sellars of Greensboro, NC, Timothy Michael Aquilino Jr. of Woodbine, MD, Haley Carol Good and Thomas Charles Enriquè Good of Taneytown, MD; and his great-grandchildren, Brailee Amaya Jenkins of Greensboro, NC and June Masi Kidwell of Canton, NC. Family and friends are invited to honor Willard on Thursday, February 16 from 10 am until his celebration of life begins at 11 am at the Kalas Funeral Home and Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to First Tee Baltimore, a non-profit that uses golf to enable kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. Donations can be made by clicking here: First Tee Baltimore Online condolences may be made at: KalasFuneralHomes.com