Donnie Leroy Davis

Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 15:37 PM.

Donnie Leroy Davis, 68, of Forsyth, Ga., and formerly of Danville, Ill. passed away at 4:36 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.

Donnie was born Aug. 27, 1944, in Hamburg, Ark., the son of Luther O. and Zora L. Roark.

He married Edeltraud Heininger in 1964, in Frankfurt, Germany. She preceded him in death on April 3, 1986.

Donnie served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1966, during which time he met his wife. Together they had three sons, Donnie Michael, Joe and Jeff Davis.

Donnie worked for General Motors in Tilton, Ill. for several years as a millwright until he retired in 1992. After retiring, he decided he was going to buy a sailboat, named it the Elisha E. and sailed to the Bahamas. He had never sailed before, and he purchased a book to teach him how to sail. Donnie became a very accomplished ship captain and spent 10 years sailing in the Bahamas. He also would sail up to Kentucky Lake on the Tombigbee Waterway.

It was during that time he sailed into Apalachicola, and met Carolyn Trest, who became his life partner; and they would share many adventures together. When Donnie decided to give up sailing the Bahamas, he purchased two shrimp boats in Apalachicola, naming one of them the Chloe E. after his other granddaughter.

Donnie spent the last five years cooking food in his food trailer. He was known for his oyster po’ boys and barbecue pulled pork.



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