Kenneth Reed Davis
Lt. Colonel Kenneth Reed Davis, Sr. (Retired) “Kenny”, age 88,
was born in Hagerstown, Maryland in March 1929.
He died, July 18, 2017 at the Charles Norwood VA Medical
Center in Augusta, Ga.
His parents were Norvel O. Davis and Grace Ramsburg Davis.
He graduated from McKinley Technical High School (1947),
Washington, D.C., the University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
and Georgia Southern, Statesboro, Ga. with Bachelor’s degrees
in Agriculture, Forestry, and Education, and Master’s degrees in
Education and Business.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Theresa (Terri) , two daughters, Charlene Hiebel ( Paul ),
Wetumpka, Alabama, and Pamela Jones, Suwanee, Ga., and son Kenneth R. Davis Jr.
Clearwater, SC. He has two granddaughters, Michelle Jones Trotter ( Brian ) and Laura Jones
of Suwanee, Ga. , and two grandsons Reed Davis and Grayson Davis of Clearwater, SC. He is
survived by his younger sister and her husband, Joan and Anthony Miller, of Thousand Oaks,
California, brother in law Charles H. Day, Laurel, Md, and sister in law Elizabeth Davis of
He leaves four great grandchildren, Caleb Jones, Dakota Jones, Andrew Trotter and Isabella
Grace Trotter, all of Suwanee, Ga. He has two step-sons Jeff Wells, of Towson, Md. ,and Steve
Wells, of Macon, Ga., three step grandchildren, Wesley Wells of Douglasville, Ga., Randall
Wells of Charleston, SC, and Heather W. Parrish ,of Metter, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Austin O. Davis, and one sister Susan
Davis, and his first wife, Virginia Day Davis, the mother of his children.In between USAF
Assignments in Las Vegas, Nv., Greenville, Ms., Selma, Al., Montgomery, Al., and finally
He taught math and science at Sardis, and Gough ,Ga. High Schools. He was a graduate of the
Air Command and Staff College, the Air War College, and the Military Air Transports Systems
College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
Kenny spent most of his career as a military pilot for the US Air Force and the Georgia Air
National Guard. He flew F-86 Sabre jets in combat from Kimpo Field in South Korea and C
135s in transport missions in Viet Nam from Hunter Station, Savannah, Ga. He is a member of
the American Legion Post 150 Morris - Goolsby Chapter, Blythe, Ga.
While at Kimpo South Korea, he also assisted with the capture of a North Korean pilot who
defected, landing a Soviet MIG on his runway, as he prepared to depart in his F-86. In 2009 he
aided the Birmingham, Alabama Museum of Flight to recreate the Kimpo Base display to honor
the Korean War veterans . At the opening ceremony of this memorial, he was reunited with the
North Korean pilot he helped defect and receive asylum in 1954 in the United States.
In 2013 he attended the 60th anniversary of the USAF Pilots Reunion, at Eglin AFB, Ft. Walton,
Fla., with the surviving 15 pilots from his class 52H of 1952. They are one of the oldest and last
classes of USAF pilots to maintain annual reunions. He reveled in his fighter pilot assignments
protecting the Yalu River Demilitarized Zone between China, North Korea and South Korea
almost as much as he delighted in crop dusting many of Burke County’s larger row crop farms
when off duty in the summers.
After retiring from the military, he worked his family tree farm and poultry farm in Burke County.
He served as City Administrator in Mayor Paul S. Stone’s administration. He served several
terms on the local Burke County School Board. He was active in younger years in St. Michael’s
Episcopal Church, and mid life converted and became a founding member of the Waynesboro
Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Mormon Church.
Kenny found peace most of all with his wife, Terri, on his family home, Kenwood Farms in
Idlewood. His burial will be after the church service near their farm in the Old Church Cemetery.