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Mr. James Davis, Jr

December 7, 1948 ~ November 8, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Mr. James Davis, Jr Obituary

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James Davis Jr. 74, of Albany, NY received his reward of eternal rest on November 8,2023 after a brief illness at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

      He was born to the late Reverend James Davis Sr. and Annie Lou (Thompson)Corley on December 7, 1948. in Albany, NY.  He attended Albany city school system. He began his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of his Uncle Matthew Thompson at Modern Barber Shop where he became a master barber and remained until retiring due to illness.  He loved his craft he became a mentor and allowed many to begin their careers at the shop.  Which was a special place.  Many friends and relatives can recall sitting in that 1st chair in the "Shop' where he would lend an ear give advice even if it wasn't asked for, It was the place in which talking trash, boasting, bragging, listening to music and shooting the breeze was part of the service. He had a way of exaggerating a story that brought everyone together in laughter. He was a staple in the community everyone knew James or "Dark" as many of his friends referred to him as.  He sometimes took on the role of mentoring the youth in the area that would stop by the shop. He provided free haircuts to men and women scheduled for court or going to school or job interviews, He was dedicated to serving he visited clients in the hospital, nursing home, or at their residence.

He Treasured his relationship with his baby sister Renee who unselfishly cared for him in every capacity with unwavering love and respect.  He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and would enjoy hearing and celebrating their accomplishments.  He was an avid music fan making cassettes and cd's titled Love Doctor. If you knew him. You would know that he had an unmatched loved for Cadillacs, James was very much a loving gentle giant that will truly be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his 2nd wife Linda Davis, 3 brothers Joseph, Matthew, and Raymond Stallings and 1 Sister Joanne Stallings.

His Parents the Rev, James Davis Sr. and Annie Lou (Thompson) Corley, 10 Uncles and 4 Aunts.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Barbette Davis, children Bridgette (Jones) Davis, Danielle (Tim) Dawson, Michelle Davis, Quayia Davis, Mardell Davis, and Naquaad James Davis,  3 stepsons - Jamil, Kareem, and Jehnon Hood, 2 Stepdaughters Nykeysha and Imani Sprigs 13 grandchildren Mahri'a Manas'seh, Dominic, Rroebell, Ha'Tiona, Gregory, Quayzi, Quayzia, Ziphere, Qlahn, Evelyn, Ari, Na'Riyah Davis. 13 great grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, Stepmother Hattie Davis.

Siblings   Altamese Renee (Marvin)Stubbs, Mary Bethea, Robin Thompson, Carol Stanley, Janie, Gladys, Mark, Shawn, Scott Davis Uncle Walter Thompson. Aunt Aroma Thompson and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends lovingly submitted by the family. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Albany High School Barbering Program. 1 Academy Park, Albany, NY 12110



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November 27, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Garland Bros. Funeral Home
75 Clinton Ave.
Albany, NY 12210

Celebration of Life
November 27, 2023

11:00 AM
Garland Bros. Funeral Home
75 Clinton Ave.
Albany, NY 12210

Interment following funeral service
November 27, 2023

Graceland Cemetery
680 Delaware Ave
Albany, NY 12209


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