George Davis

George Alfred Davis

Tuesday, August 8th, 1950 - Monday, August 24th, 2020
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Dr. George Alfred Davis, 70, of Palatka, passed from this life unexpectedly on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville following a brief illness. Born in Peekskill, New York, he was a graduate of Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, New York. As the recipient of a New York State Regents Scholarship, George received his bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1972 from State University of New York at Oneonta. In 1972, he enrolled at the University of Florida where he was a graduate teaching assistant and received his master’s degree in Medical Physiology – majoring in the field of Visual Sciences in 1975. George then relocated to Texas Tech University where he received his Doctorate in Medicine in 1981 and served his internship and residency in Ophthalmology. In 1982, he was recognized as a Distinguished Associate at Texas Tech University School of Medicine and in 1984 received a Physicians Recognition Award, Second Place Award Resident Papers from the Texas Ophthalmology Association, A.M.A. George then moved to Palatka (1984) where he opened his private eye physician and surgeon practice, George A. Davis, M.S., M.D., which he operated until 2015. From 2016 until his passing, Dr. Davis served as an Ophthalmologist with the Eye Center of St. Augustine. Dr. Davis had also operated Advantage Optical from 1992 – 2015. During the years, Dr. Davis continued his Post Doctoral education in the field of Ophthalmology by his participation in courses, training and research through the International Association for Training and Research, Stansstad, Switzerland and in Ft. Lauderdale through J. Charles Casebeer Systemized Approach to Kerato Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Davis served as Secretary – Treasurer of the Putnam County Medical Society (1986 – 1989), Chief of Surgery – Columbia Putnam Medical Center (1994 – 1995), Board of Trustees – Columbia Putnam Medical Center, staff physician, Department of Surgery, Putnam Community Medical Center (1984 – Present), member of the Florida Medical Association and the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology. George was also involved in the community through his involvement in the Lions Club of Palatka, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes “Walk America” and as a Palatka High School H.O.S.A. mentor. In 1994, he received the Lions Club Community Service Award and from 2009 -2019 he was voted the Palatka Daily News Readers Choice “Best Ophthalmologist” award. Dr. Davis had a warm and genuine rapport with his patients and was considered by many just as much a “friend” as he was their physician.
Outside his work, George was just as passionate about his interests and had an innate ability to learn about them on his own. He developed an interest in sailing and owned several boats over the years including a 12 ft. Sea Witch, the Ole’ and the Aneirin. George was always wanting to be prepared in his sailing adventures, so he researched and became self-taught in the use of Sextant Navigation as a backup if other instrumentation or communication failed. Another of George’s interest was music. His family and friends considered him a “musicologist”. His love for music went beyond just playing the Irish accordion and classical guitar, he would study the theory and structure of the instrument to have a better appreciation for how to play it with meaning. He studied classical guitar under Dr. Stephen Robinson, founder and director of the guitar program at Stetson University. George also enjoyed weaponry and shooting and was an accomplished marksman. In his quiet time, he thoroughly enjoyed reading and was like a historian in many respects. George was a devoted husband and father to his wife and 3 sons and always cherished time spent with them, especially as they shared in the many fascinating interests that he would involve them in.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred George Davis and Phyllis Muriel Demery Davis.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 46 years, Sherry Davis, sons, Alfred G. Davis, Bryan D. Davis, and Ian D. Davis of Palatka, a brother, James George Davis and wife Susan of Waco, TX, brother-in-law and wife, George F. Locke, III and Martha Jo of South Daytona, niece, Lyndi Locke Goepfert and husband, Shawn of Port Orange, nephew, Charles T. Locke of Wanchese, NC, niece, Shelly Locke Anderson of South Daytona, 8 nieces and nephews, aunt, June Davis of Albany, NY, aunt, Barbara Parker and husband Gerald, Croton-on-the- Hudson, NY, uncle, Fred DiDomizio, NY, uncle, Jose Guavarez, NY, aunt, Edna Templain, Welland, Ontario, Canada, many nieces, nephews and cousins, his office family; dear friends, Rob, Sharon and Taylor Fox, Mrs. Georgia Game, Frances and Jim Haney, Jane Creel and Sandra Ellison.
Memorial services celebrating George’s life will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 31, 2020 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Pastor Jeff Sellers officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00.
Due to Covid 19 concerns, all attending are required to wear facial covering and refrain from physical contact with others. The services will also be live-streamed and can be accessed at George’s Book of Memories page at
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), NAMI Florida, P.O. box 961, Tallahassee, FL 32303.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at George’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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    Monday, August 31st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, August 31st, 2020 11:00am
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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Donna Carlene Johnson

Posted at 06:56pm
Dr. Davis was one of the nicest, most kindest man I have ever met! He genuinely cared about people. In this day and time, you do not see a real Christian man that often. I so enjoyed that he always played Hope FM radio station at his workplace. I remember my Dog, Gretchen playing accidentally kicked me in my eyeball. It tore a flap open on my eye. Mr. Davis was so tender and compassionate. He Doctored my eye and gave me his personal cell number in case it got worse. I went to purchase some eye drops that he wanted me to use and could not find them. I called and he answered and told me exactly where on the shelf and the substitute to get. I have never had a Doctor like him. And I loved those little Bibles he had to give away in his front Office. I will truly miss him but I know that he is very happy right now! He has graduated! Heaven is his home and Jesus by his side. I give all my regards to the family, and want to express my concern for them at this time. But you will get to see him again! Thank God and bless you.

Donna C. Johnson

Diane Shinn

Posted at 02:26pm
Thoughts and prayers to the family of Dr. Davis. He was a thoughtful and caring man whose personality and humor will be greatly missed.

Meg Conaty

Posted at 01:36pm
I remember George for his wit and his laughter. I grew up near to the Davis farm and the vegetable stand his family ran. We were in school together from elementary through high school, double dating for the senior prom. The last time I saw him, my husband and I visited Palatka and called to say hello. I remember a lovely dinner with his family. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories of a kind and gentle man.

Meg Gibson Conaty

Melinda Rinzivillo

Posted at 10:19pm
George was a high school friend. He was always pleasant and had a kind word and smile for everyone. I was so proud to read about his wonderful career and accomplishments since we graduated. I have fond memories of George in school. I pray that the memories of the life you shared, will give you comfort at this time.
Melinda Rinzivillo
Class of ‘68

Deb farrell

Posted at 06:18pm
Dear Sherry and family,
Our deepest condolences for your loss. I only have fond memories of “”Georgie “ from the farm. Every time I have an opportunity to drive the by The farm I do, and my heart aches to not see the home where so many of us had lived, visited and spent a lot of time there. Georgie was always the giant cousin that we were in awe of, he was kind and a gentle person. From hay rides into the apple orchard to pick apples, and berries with Nanny, all the grands and George Odell, the farmer, to riding metal cars all around the porch, chasing each other we always had a great time, and those memories I’ll never forget . I’ve always been proud of George for all his accomplishments even though we never stayed in touch, somehow I heard about what he was doing. We are saddened by your sudden loss of a great man, our prayers are with you for the strength to carry on. Sincerely

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