HAMPSTEAD — Jay Van Davis, 59, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018, at his home. He was born Feb. 13, 1959, in Kinston, the son of Barbara Ellen Stroud Davis of Pink Hill and the late James Garland Davis.
He had over 30 years in law enforcement and was with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at the time of his death, and before that, he was with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. Out of love of the sea and offshore boating, he was also bestowed upon the license of captain by the U.S. Coast Guard.
He married his high school sweetheart, Tina Albertson, on June 17, 1978, and they shared 40 years of happiness. He also leaves behind a son, Jeremy Davis, and his wife, Lisa, of Wilmington; daughter, Allyson Davis Ayers, and her husband, Stevie, of Bear Grass; brother, Mike Davis of Hampstead; sister, Jo Lin Metts of New Bern; and four grandchildren, Hayden, Mackenzie, and Mason Davis and Hannah Ayers. Being left behind are also very special sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, along with many loving nieces and nephews. He will also be greatly missed by his longtime furry feline buddy, Ziggy.
A celebration of life service, with full law enforcement honors, will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 9, at Northside Baptist Church, 2501 N. College Road, Wilmington. The family will see friends immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jay’s memory to North Carolina Coastal Federation or New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association.
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