Davis Stevenson Col.

davis stevenson

July 9, 1930 ~ February 24, 2016

Born in: Panama City, Panama
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Col. Davis Stevenson, 85 passed away Feb. 24, 2016 at Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville Ga.. His family was present and lifted him in prayer as he passed. Davis was the devoted husband of June Rowley Stevenson married for 61 years and the father of Davis R. Stevenson of Snellville Ga. and Lori Stevenson Snow of Lawrenceville GA. Davis was born at home in Panama City, Panama to father Leigh Stevenson and mother Muffie Stevenson, both of whom preceded him in death. Also preceding him was his brother Sidney Stevenson. The Stevensons moved often in the pre World War 2 years living in Panama City 1930-1936, Downers Grove Ill. 1936-1938, San Juan Puerto Rico 1938-1941 and finally back to Panama in 1941. He was home schooled by his mother until returning to Panama in 1941 when he attended the Canal Zone schools. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1950. He told me he was delayed in graduating due to his own inattention to his school work. After graduation from High School, Davis attended Canal Zone college for 1 term. School, however, was not his future. After spending 6 months as a refrigerator repairman apprentice and a stint as a translator for the military mission section, he entered the US Army as an enlisted man. He graduated from Officers Candidate School in 1954 and shortly thereafter was married to June Adrienne Rowley on June 4, 1954. Steve (he answered to both Davis and Steve) was a qualified Army Paratrooper and served with the 508 Airborne. He also served with the 33 Regimental Combat team while in Panama. Davis spent 2 years in Paraguay in the 50’s as a member of the military mission to Paraguay. In 1957 Davis was posted to Ft. Knox, KY. He was released from active duty in 1958. Davis also graduated from the Command and General Staff College and retired as a Colonel. Davis was a father by this time to his son, Davis R. Stevenson. A daughter followed in 1959, Lori Lee Stevenson. After discharge from active duty, Davis entered business in Panama. The family lived in Panama City until moving into the canal area in 1982. Davis and June retired from Panama in 1989 to live in GA near their children and grandchildren. Davis started Condor Tours and Travel in the early 90’s when he perceived a need for a travel company in the United States with ties in Latin America. The company has flourished and is now run by his daughter, Lori Lee Stevenson Snow. Davis was a past Potentate of the Abou Saud Shrine temple in Panama and had a life long devotion to the work of the Shriners. Davis Stevenson is survived by his wife of 61 years, June Rowley Stevenson; son, Davis R. Stevenson and wife, Linda; daughter, Lori Stevenson Snow & husband, Virgil; grandchildren, Alexandria Nicole Snow, Nicholas Samuel Snow and Sara Ann Snow. He will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation, in memory of Col. Stevenson, to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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  1. Davis Stevenson, or Uncle Steve as I knew him, was larger than life and was loved by all who knew him. For me, he was a singular role model for many years much like my father. His love of life and entrepreneurial spirit encouraged many of his family and friends to aspire to greater undertakings in their own lives. His patriotic love of country was deep and enthusiastic as was his adherence to all of the best values of masonry. He was a good family man who cared deeply for his family and friends. The good he has done through his good works will be last for many years. He will be missed by many. I will miss him very much.

  2. Davis, Doug and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the death of your father. May Jesus comfort you and give you peace.

  3. Our family would like to extend our condolence to all of you for the loss of your husband, father and friend. May your many memories bring you comfort during this special time. May your prayers bring you the peace of God that goes beyond human thought to guard your hearts. Philippians 4:6,7

  4. Davis was an extraordinary person I was fortunate enough to have met him and shared time with him and his family for many years.I will miss him very much as I am sure many will.May he rest in peace.Ciao Col.

  5. “Steve” was well acquainted with my dad, Rudy Burda, as was June with my mother, Julieta, in their attendance w/Rotary Club West of Panama. Both my parents always spoke highly of both Davis and June. Steve was always a nice person to be around and will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace

  6. Davis was a special man and a kind hearted friend for more than two decades. We have always appreciated the personal friendship he extended to us, even as we started our business in the early 90’s. I guess we kind of “grew up” in the travel industry together. Always available to give good advice and a listening ear, Davis always made you feel special to be around. We know how much his family meant to him and we have so much appreciated that his company flourished under his direction and with his loving daughter, Lori, right beside him, along with June, continuing a special legacy with Condor Tours and Travel. Rest in peace, Col. Stevenson. Love to your family from Melody and Gary Fee.

  7. Your husband, father, grandfather, and uncle was bigger than life. After working with his wife, I had the pleasure of getting to know Steve & was welcomed into their home & enjoyed they’d culinary talent several times. I will be forever grateful and inspired by Steve’s warmth, love, passion & hospitality. I’m praying for for the entire family! ?❤️

  8. Lori,Virgil, Sara,Alexandra and Nicholas my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing your except through concerts that Sara was in, however, I did have the pleasure of having June in my tap classes. After 61 years together, June will be sad for a long time, however, I celebrate their life together and their zest for living and the fact they raised a daughter such as you ,Lori ,and were involved with their grandchildren. What a wonderful and fulfilling life your Dad had .

  9. Farewell, “Uncle Steve.”

    Thank you for making this world a better place for all of us! You reminded me a lot of my recently departed brother. Our hearts are broken but are also full of fond memories because you both were part of our lives.

  10. Davis was a wonderful man and friend. I first met him when I hunted his bird hunting camp in Uruguay. He was one of the main reasons that I returned there many times to hunt and spend time with the special people there like himself. Those days were like a very good dream to me. I will continue to fondly think of him often and will miss him badly. It’s a shame for us who are left on Earth that we have to lose good people and good American’s like himself. The world is a lesser place with his passing on. I feel very blessed that I knew him for many years and my life is much richer because of our friendship and all of the kindness that he gave to me over the years.

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