The thing that I am most sentimental about is my Father, Walter Raymond Davis. Therefore, after much consideration, I have decided to dedicate the next few Sundays to "Remembering Daddy."
|Walter Raymond Davis|
Walter Raymond Davis was born in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida on March 12, 1920. He was the fifth child and first son born to Walter Felix and Naomi Lee Brock Davis.
|Walter Raymond Davis March 14, 1912.|
|Walter Raymond and Roberta Lee Davis|
Although Daddy's family was originally from Jackson County, Florida near Marianna, his father was a carpenter and had moved his young family to Pensacola in order to work in the shipyards.The family was still living in Pensacola when Daddy's sister, Roberta Lee Davis, was born on November 22, 1921.
By 1924, Granddaddy had moved his family to Wimauma in Hillsborough County, Florida. It was while they were in Wimauma that Daddy's brother, Owen Harold Davis, was born on February 1st.. Sometime after Harold's birth, Grandaddy moved the family to West Palm Beach, Florida while he worked as a carpenter on the mansions being built in Palm Beach.
|Cecil Mae, Walter Raymond and Roberta Lee Davis|
The land boom in Palm Beach went bust by mid 1926 and on September 18th of that same year the area was devastated by a huge hurricane known as "The Big Blow". (This was 25 years before they began naming Hurricanes). In the aftermath of these events, Daddy, his parents, siblings, and great-grandfather, John Walter Davis, who had been living with the family in West Palm Beach, made their way back to Jackson County.
Daddy spent the rest of his childhood and teenage years living with his family in Jackson County, near where his grandparents had homesteaded in the 1870's.
Today's post is just an introduction the the man I called "Daddy". In future Sentimental Sunday posts I will be sharing more posts and memories. I hope you enjoy them!