John H.  Davis, Jr.
Date of Birth:  November 17, 1946
Date of Death:  April 11, 2018

  • Stallings Funeral Home, P.A.  
  • 3111 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122     View Map
  • Sunday, April 15, 2018   3-5 pm and 7-9 pm
  • Stallings Funeral Home, P.A.  
  • 3111 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122     View Map
  • Monday, April 16, 2018   11:00 am
  • Mt. Carmel Cemetery  
  • Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD     View Map
  • Monday, April 16, 2018   Immediately following the funeral service.
  • John H. Davis, Jr., 71, a resident of Catonsville, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

    John was born and raised in Baltimore. As a child he lived in Victory Villa until his parents moved to North Bend Road in Catonsville, MD. John attended public schools in Catonsville, graduating from Catonsville High School in 1964, 

    During his senior year in high school, John enlisted in the Marine Corps and just days after graduating from high school, he left to begin his training at Parris Island, NC. As part of his duties, John served as a photographer in the information office. John served during the Vietnam War and volunteered to go to Vietnam as a war photographer but he was not given the opportunity and was told that, "If Uncle Sam needs you, he will contact you." There were times when he was packed and ready to leave for service in Vietnam, but at the last minute, President Johnson rescinded the order and his unit did not go. He received and honorable discharge in 1970, but as he always said, "Once a Marine, always a Marine."

    From July 1967 until May 1987 when it ceased publication, John was employed by the BALTIMORE NEWS AMERICAN. During his years with the News American, he held positions of Photo-journalist, Picture Editor, Assistant Director of Photography and Acting Director of Photography. As a Photo-journalist, he covered a variety of assignments, both foreign and domestic. In the course of his career, his assignments included coverage of breaking news stories, sports events, political campaigns, fashions, features and feature layouts. He covered assignments in the White House, State Capital and local political and government stories. He was sent to Europe to illustrate a series of articles on American Tourism in Europe. During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, he was attached to an Israeli Armored Brigade and covered the war in the Sinai, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. In 1981, he spent a week on tour with Billy Graham in California for a series of articles on the New American Evangelism. In 1981, he also spent a week in the Central Mountains of Mexico with the Turascan Indians for an investigative story on illegal Mexican immigration. He also covered assignments on two separate occasions in Spain and Germany reporting on NATO exercises. 

    John won numerous Hearst Awards - First place awards for news, feature and sports photos. Two Baltimore Press Photographs Association Awards - First place awards for Spot News and Feature Photo. 

     He published two articles - "The Yom Kippur War in Retrospect" and "Tourist Trap - The American Traveler in Europe."

    John had public speaking engagements at several synagogues relating to the Israeli War experience and also gave lectures to the journalism class of the University of Maryland on "Pictures On a Page", and to the Marine Reserve Corps Officers' Association, Dept. of Justice Division on "The Yom Kippur War - Implications of Armored Warfare in the Future."

    As a high school social studies teacher, in a addition to the normal social studies and history studies, John began 12th grade survey courses in Economics, Psychology, Political Sciences and Philosophy. While at Valley Academy, he served for a tenure as Chairman of the Social Studies Department and also, Dean of Students. 

    John also spent some years teaching special education classes in Baltimore County at Lansdown High School and also, Woodlawn High School. The last position that he held before retirement was with the Lab School in Baltimore City. 

    John earned his Bachelor's Degree in History and with a minor in Education at Towson State University and Master's Degree in Modern Studies at Loyola College. In his lifetime he published books, "The Hill" ( Battle of Bunker Hill), "A Thunder of Drums", "World Turned Upside Down", and "Bones Beneath the Buttercups: William The Conqueror". 

    John is preceded in death by his father, John H. Davis, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann (Silkworth) Davis, mother Virginia Johnson Davis, son John H. Davis, III, daughter Jessica Ann Propst (Ron), siblings Mary Ellen McKee (Skip), Sam Davis (Linda), Jacqueline "Jackie" Schlesinger (Marc), Mark Davis, Glenn Davis,  Lu Ann Peskanov (Alex), and grandchildren Kalyn Blair and Alyssa Propst. 

    Friends may call Sunday, April 15th from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm at Stallings Funeral Home, 3111 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122 where services will be held Monday, April 16th at 11:00 am. Interment will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.