James R. Davis (Gusto) - age 66 of Pomona, formerly of Mays Landing, beloved Husband of Evelina Davis, and father of James A. Davis, passed away on May 11th, 2017 after a lengthy illness.
Jim was born in Atlantic City NJ and he was a resident of Atlantic County all of his life. He grew up in Port Republic before moving to Mays Landing with his family as a teenager. Jim graduated from Oakcrest High school in 1968. During his time at Oakcrest, he studied horticulture, was active in the FFA and he helped his family with their tack shop and many horses at their home in Mays Landing. After high school Jim joined the army and served as a Sergeant in Vietnam and Germany with the 101rst Airborne division, company C 1rst Bn 506th infantry. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star, and the Distinguished Service Medal among others.
When he returned from the service, Jim became an exceptional floral designer. He worked for Hanson's Florist in Dorothy, and then for Fischer Flowers in Atlantic City and Linwood as manager. In later years he was employed as a gaming surveillance officer by the Sands casino in Atlantic City.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Evelina Davis, a son, James A. Davis, Brother Jeff Davis (Melissa and Shannon), sister Mary Ella Frederiksen (husband Fred; Glenn, Heather, Dena), ex-wife and friend Dorothy L. Davis, Coco, and James House. He is preceded in death by his Mother Sarah (nee Smallwood) Temler, and his son Brian J. Davis.
Services will be private, Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Estell Manor.