David Alexander Davy was born July 28, 1945 in Spring Ground, Manchester, Jamaica to Augustus Davy and Mary Hyman Smith. He attended Spring Ground Primary and later attended Cobbler trade school. David developed a strong work ethic at a young age. According to brother Bunny, his mom, Mary, sold a plot of land and gave David 60 pounds to buy a Honda 50 bike. He used his bike to travel to Ocho Rios to venture into the work force and obtained his first job as a builder’s apprentice. He was a diligent worker and was soon promoted to first class carpenter, then foreman. In 1968, David married Lola Bradford. This union produced 5 children. After Lola’s untimely death at age 36, David took the responsibility of caring for their 6 children. He worked hard and did whatever was needed to provide for his family. As a father, David’s children fondly remember him for hard work, hard discipline, memorable sayings and a deep intense love.
David later married Janet Ferguson and this union produced two children. In 1995, David decided to seek better opportunities and emigrated to the United States. He overcame numerous obstacles while continuing to help provide for his children who remained in Jamaica. He perfected his craft as a self-employed contractor and diligently learned all aspects of contracting including plumbing, electrical wiring, roofing and painting, much of which was self-taught. He was truly gifted. So enthralled was he with his craft that it could be said that David never met a tool that he didn’t like.
David’s search for better opportunities took him to New Jersey. He endured many hardships and trials, but his tenacity sustained him, and he eventually obtained regular employment. While working in Newark, New Jersey, David began attending and later joined the Church of the Oranges SDA church. He served his church faithfully as a Deacon for many years.
After many years as a single man David found love again and married Joan Cameron Defreitas on March 29, 2001. The couple relocated to San Antonio, Texas in 2004. In San Antonio, David and his beloved Joanie enjoyed many wonderful years, serving the church and traveling and working together in his contracting business. She was the brains and he was the muscle. While there, David first joined the Ephesus SDA church and later became a member of Filipino All Nations. Elder Davy was beloved by all his church families and was well known for his willingness to serve and his candor and for sharing his vocal insights. It was not unusual for David to stand up and verbalize his point of view during a sermon. Each of his church families remember David for his enthusiastic singing though sometimes to his own tunes. Throughout his life, David was a man who walked to his own beat and everything he did was done with his own unique flair. He had an uncanny sense of humor and often could be found in the midst of a crowd sharing his many amusing stories and insights.
Despite his strong viewpoints, He enjoyed meeting and talking with people. He loved to witness about his love for Jesus, not just in word, but also through his many acts of kindness and compassion. Wherever and whenever he saw a soul in need, he would faithfully extend a helping hand and do whatever was necessary.
Throughout his years, he would be known for being meticulous in his work. His diligence and attention to detail could be seen in all that he did. He took pride in his work both professionally and at home. The Davy home was filled with multiple beautiful improvements done by David’s own hands. David loved gardening and spent countless hours tending to their vegetable and flower gardens which won the Davys a community prize for Yard of the Month.
As a spouse, David was loving and attentive and used his many talents to do things that would bring a smile to his beloved Joanie’s face. David Davy was truly a one of a kind man who gave all he had and fought a good fight throughout his life to the very end. Joan remembers David as her rough diamond.
He will be dearly remembered and sorely missed.
David was preceded in death by son Eric, and parents Mary Hyman Smith and Augustus Smith; He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Joan; brother: Roy “Bunny”(Peggy); Sister: Muriel; daughters: Jackie, Norma (Delroy) Caren, Kay, Tamika, Janice, Dawn (Rory); sons: David (Karen), Damion (Doris), Dwayne (Ann Marie), Larvin, Dexter; grandchildren: Kavel, Sasha Kay (Orville), Sherry Gaye (), Crystal, T.J., Danielle, Matthew, Josiah, Shantal, D.J., Dylan, Terrence, Brittany , Nadaysha, , Aliya, Imani, Dexter Jr, Elysa, Daniel, Jonathan, Ava; great grandchildren: Javaughn, Gabrielle, Noah; nieces: Colleen, Kadian, Terry Ann, Donette, Denise, Jenese; nephews: Tony, Alpha, Louie, Sean and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members and friends who loved him greatly.