Fallen Hero: Retired Staff Sergeant Jake Davis


Funeral Home

Pegues Funeral Directors

535 West Jefferson Street Tupelo, MS


12-2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2024, Jefferson Street Chapel of Pegues Funeral Directors


2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2024, Jefferson Street Chapel of Pegues Funeral Directors


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary:

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”.

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on June 11, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Retired Staff Sergeant Jake Davis, age 72, who had served within the MSARNG in HHC, 155th Armored Brigade has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

July 26, 1951 — June 11, 2024

Hernando/Formerly of the Richmond Community

Hernando-Formerly of the Richmond Community—Jake Davis, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at the Baptist-DeSoto Hospital in Southaven.  He was 72 years old.  Jake was born July 26, 1951 in Tupelo, the son of Charles Quitman Davis and Ruth Ann Walters Davis.  After his high school graduation, he proudly served his country in the Mississippi National Guard.  He worked as a general contractor and painter before his retirement. Many will describe Jake’s personality as larger than life.  He was active in both his church and community, touching many lives along the way.  One of his greatest accomplishments included the creation of the Richmond Volunteer Fire Department which he served not only as a firefighter, but also as Fire Chief.   Jake was a longtime member of Civitan and was elected Governor for the North Half of the State of Mississippi.  Many will remember Jake’s volunteer work with children as Boy Scout troop leader and softball coach.    Jake also enjoyed traveling, singing, and woodwork. The many ways he served others are far too numerous to recount.  In addition to all of his accomplishments, his greatest joy came from his children and grandchildren.  His love for them was immeasurable.  Jake is remembered by his family as a wonderful father and grandfather, always taking care of them, providing for them, while also teaching them to enjoy life and to love the Lord.

Jake leaves behind his two daughters, Heather Hunter (Frank) and Angela Scott, all of Hernando; bonus daughter, Cinthya Paiva from Brazil and bonus son Niklas Mairose from Germany; five grandchildren, Kolton Scott, Gabby Hunter, Cooper Hunter, Avery Scott, and Ryland Hunter; his brother, Charles Davis (Sandy) of Tupelo; and two nieces, Michelle Getz and Katie Dunivan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruth Davis; a sister, Kathy Gardinier, and a nephew, Michael Davis.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2024 at the Jefferson Street Chapel of Pegues Funeral Directors with Rev. Rickey Pierce officiating.  Visitation will be 12 p.m. until service time Saturday at Pegues, Tupelo

Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be shared at PeguesFuneralHome.com.