Phillip Eugene Davis

Wednesday, July 22, 1953 - Thursday, March 2, 2023

Served His Lord, Country, and His Family

Photo of Phillip Eugene Davis  - 1953-2023

Candler- On Thursday, March 2, 2023 Reverend Phillip Eugene Davis left this earthly world and entered into his Heavenly home in paradise. Phillip passed away peacefully at his home with his loved ones at his side. We give thanks for his wonderful life and rejoice that he is now at peace with his Lord and Saviour.

Phillip was born July 22, 1953 in Haywood County to the late Phillip Samuel Davis and the late Martha Jean Watts Davis. He had made his home in Buncombe County most of his life and he had honorably served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Phillip had been employed as a master mechanic with several dealerships throughout the area and retired from Hunter Subaru in Hendersonville. Everyone blessed to know Phillip loved him. He had a wonderful uplifting personality and as we remember his life, the things he loved shall forever come to mind. Phillip enjoyed sports and had been a member of the Asheville Chiefs football team.  He was indeed a loyal fan of the UNC Tarheels and also the Carolina Panthers. Phillip loved the outdoors- going fishing and spending time at the ocean brought him great joy, and he always enjoyed spending time in his garden growing tomatoes and vegetables. He was a talented musician and often played his guitar at church and lifted his beautiful voice in praise. Phillip could often be found sitting on his front porch birdwatching and in his own words, “Communicating with the Lord.” Most importantly in Phillip’s life was his strong Christian faith and his dedication to serving Jesus Christ. Pastor Davis was a faithful member of Luther Pentecostal Holiness Church in Candler where he would often deliver the Gospel on Sunday morning, and he was also instrumental in establishing Cornerstone Baptist Church. Phillip deeply loved his family and his presence will be missed by each of them every single day. Our lives have been blessed by Reverend Phillip Davis and he has been an example to each of us. There are no words more fitting than saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” 

Left to cherish his memory are his loving and faithful wife Barbara Jean Pressley Davis of Candler; his sons, Phillip Charles Davis and Josh of Dobson, and John Aaron Davis of Mount Airy; his brothers, Ricky “Rick” Allen Davis and Cathy of Canton, Timothy Wayne Davis and Sharon of Candler, and Gary William Downes and Shae of Orangeburg, SC; a sister, Mary Ellen Espley and Chuck of Tennessee; a special aunt, Shirley Hoss; and his fur baby, Jenny.

The funeral service for Pastor Davis will be held at 11:00 am Monday, March 6, 2023 at Luther Pentecostal Holiness Church. Pastor Terry Green will be officiating. The family will receive friends at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home chapel in Canton from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Sunday, March 5th. Burial with Military Honors will be held in Bethel Community Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to hospice, all of the nurses and caregivers who have helped to care for Phillip over the past 3 years, and a special thank you to Katherine and Sheila.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Davis family.


Condolences from family and friends

Phillip, Josh, John, Teresa, and Barbara, we are so deeply saddened by Phillip’s passing. Our hearts reach out to each of you! May the lord bring you much peace and healing in this time. All our love, Regina and Christina
Regina and Christina Long
Our World needed more people like You in it..Always Faithful to Our Lord Jesus Christ .So often speaking of Our Brother Earnest..You boys were inseoerable.. To Your Family.. Knowing this Man has looked upon The Lord and others I Pray will help ease the Loss of such a Great Warrior.. NO more Pain and Sorrow. ⚘Fly Free On Those Angels Wings⚘ Jaime Danny Jack Edward Linda and Family
Lindy ""Lou"" Smith Bailey
I am sorry to see Phil's passing. We were in the class of 71 together. We rode the same bus. Never saw him sad. He was always smiling.
Ernie Williams