Brandon Davis, Jr.
Born: September 10, 1927
Died: June 12, 2005
Services will be held at: 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17,
2005 at the First Presbyterian Church, 292 West Main Street, Newark,
Visitation times are: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at
R. T. Foard and Jones
Funeral Home, 122 West Main Street, Newark, DE
Robert Brandon "Brandy"
Davis, Jr., age 77, died peacefully in his home on June 12, 2005. He
was the husband of the late Sue Ware Davis, with whom he shared 27 years
of marriage before her passing in 1991. Born and raised in Newark, Brandon
grew up on Cleveland Avenue and was the son of the late Robert B. and
Mildred F. Davis. He attended Newark High School and Duke University,
then served in the United States Marine Corp before signing a major
league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1952. He was forced from
the league after it was discovered that he could not successfully steal
first base. Brandy went on to coach, manage and scout for ten major
league teams over the course of his 52-year career before retiring in
2004. A 1989 inductee in the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame,
Brandy served on their Board of Governors until his death. He was also
a 1999 inductee of the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame, a member of the
Cecil-Harford Old Timers Association, Middle Atlantic Scouting Association
and Professional Baseball Representatives. An avid golfer, Brandon was
a proud member of the Newark Country Club on West Main Street in Newark.
Brandon is survived by his son Curtis Davis, his wife Rachel and daughter
Samantha, of Newark, DE; his daughter Valerie Sands, her husband Steven
and their three sons Brian, Scott and Eric, of Orlando; two brothers,
Thomas E. Davis of Newark, DE and Richard A. Davis of Ocean Springs,
MS; and mother-in-law Margaret C. Ware, also of Newark. Friends may
call on Thursday evening, June 16th from 5:00 pm8:00 pm at the
R. T. FOARD & JONES FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19711.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 17th, at the
First Presbyterian Church, 292 West Main Street, Newark. Burial will
be in the New Street Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers,
the family suggests contributions to Delaware Sports Museum and Hall
of Fame c/o funeral home.