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Preston Keith Davis

Preston Keith Davis peacefully entered heaven on December 22, 2021, home surrounded by his loving family after a valiant 25-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born April 23, 1945, in Charleston, WV, and grew up in Joe’s Creek, with a special fondness for White Oak Farm in Jackson County. He was the son of the late Lytis A. Davis, Sr. and Ruby (McCutcheon) Davis. He graduated from Charleston High School’s Class of 1963 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Virginia State College in Institute, WV. He served honorably in the United States Navy as a communications technician, having served in Pensacola, Florida, Brechin, Scotland and Okinawa, Japan.

Preston worked in management at Sears, Roebuck and Company and moved to Parkersburg in 1973. He later managed several other stores in the Mid-Ohio Valley, including AW Cox Department Store, Watson’s, and Lee Middletown Dolls. Preston was also a small business owner of Parkersburg Sporting Goods and the Christian Business Directory, “The Samaritan.”

Preston was a member of First Baptist Church in Williamstown where he served as a Sunday school teacher and participated in small group ministries. He was always a devout servant, having taken part in several mission trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic earlier in his life.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Lou Ann (Mays) Davis of Parkersburg; his son James Vincent (Nancy) Davis of Parkersburg; daughters, Jennifer (Jason) Kahrl of Hickory, North Carolina; and Jessica A. (Gerson) Ramos of Dayton, Ohio; his beloved grandsons Alexander and Zachariah Kahrl who loved their “Dad D;” his brother Lytis A. (Judy) Davis, Jr. of Mobile, Alabama; his sister Connie Stowers of Aurora, Ohio; and two nieces and seven nephews, as well as several in-laws and extended family members.

In addition to his parents, Preston was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law Bob and Ruth Davis, and brother-in-law Edgar Stowers.

The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice of Parkersburg for their wonderful care and everyone who expressed their love and concern during Preston’s final days. The family also expresses their gratitude to Leavitt’s Funeral Home for handling the arrangements. In accordance with his wishes, Preston’s body was donated to the West Virginia University Human Donation Registry for Parkinson’s disease research.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Williamstown, WV with Pastor Tony Foreman officiating. Face masks are strongly recommended for service. This service will be streamed live for those unable to attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at

Preston leaves behind many treasured family memories and his most prized possession – a 1950 MG Y saloon.

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