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(Ret.) SFC Vondel Norman Davis

April 1, 1967 ~ May 24, 2022 (age 55)

Obituary


After a brief illness, Mr. Vondel Davis was called to rest on May 24, 2022, at Medical University South Carolina in Charleston.
Mr. Vondel Norman Davis was born in Philadelphia PA, on April 1, 1967, to Isaiah and Catherine Davis, Jr. 
Vondel was preceded in death by his father Isaiah Davis, Jr., Grandmothers Bessie Thomas and Sara Johnson, sister Armetta Davis, W. Alice Parker and special cousin James Berry “Rex” Habersham.
 
As a young child, Vondel served in the choir while attending Catholic School. After graduating in 1985 from Northeast High School, Philadelphia, PA, he created the Northeast High School Facebook page and became the President of their Alumni organization. 
 
Vondel joined the military after graduating high school in 1985. He attended basic training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC, and AIT at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He then went on to be stationed in Hohenkirchen, Germany with the 51st USAAD and 35th USAAD Battalion, Fort Knox Kentucky with the 44th Engineers Battalion, and Schweinfurt, Germany with 280th BSB Battalion. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was 31 Victor Communication Specialist. In 1994, while en route to Fort Ord, California, he received orders to report to Recruit Duty at Fort Jackson, SC Columbia Recruiting Company/Columbia Recruiting Battalion. He was stationed in Orangeburg, SC as a detailed recruiter, then became a field recruiter and a station commander for Georgetown, SC Recruiter Station. He enjoyed recruiting so much that he later changed his MOS permanently to recruiting until he retired in 2006.
 
 In 2008 Vondel began employment with the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in the Philadelphia District Office as a Compliance Officer. Vondel was an instrumental contributor to the agency’s efforts to investigate and resolve systemic discrimination. Vondel quickly rose through the ranks and received a promotion to join the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office as a GS-13 quality auditor/FOIA coordinator in 2013.
 
Vondel won many Department of Labor Secretary Honor Awards, including the Worker Protection Award and the Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award.  In 2012, Vondel was the recipient of the Regional Executive Committee’s Safety and Health Special Award for his immediate action in providing lifesaving care to a coworker in distress. He was also the recipient of the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment Assistance Award.  Vondel loved to talk cases with his Southeast team members, mentoring many and making the agency stronger with his efforts that resulted in multi-millions in settlements that impacted thousands of workers throughout the nation. During his career, Vondel furthered his education culminating with a Master’s in Business Administration.
  
Brother, Vondel Davis, receives his final Masonic tribute of love as he passes from the circle of his Fraternity. Composite Lodge No.121, MWPHGL of PA
Companion, Vondel Davis; King Hiram Chapter No.2  "HRAM" SP Vondel Davis, 32°;
DeMolay Consistory No.1"AASR" 
 
Vondel enjoyed spending time with his family and appreciating old-school music. He would jokingly call himself the “Pit Boss, Grill Master” because of his savory culinary skills.  Vondel found relaxation in manicuring and cultivating his lawn. 
 
Vondel was joined in holy matrimony with Ta'Shawana, the love of his life, in the Spring of 2012. Ta’Shawana and Vondel’s union was blessed with a delightful daughter, Nori Lynn.
 
Mr. Davis leaves to cherish everlasting memories: His beloved mother: Catherine Davis-Hunt, of Philadelphia,  mother-in-law: Mary Benjamin, devoted wife Ta’Shawana and daughter Nori, daughter Fatima(mother-Renee) of Orangeburg, SC, daughter: Imani, son Vondel (mother-Tasha) both of Philadelphia PA; step-daughters: Tanieke, Taissja, Tryniti all of Greenville, SC and stepson Taylor of Greensboro, NC. Granddaughters: Romani, Kaliyah, and Royalty. 
 
Siblings: Anita Mims, Kellee Gore, Jordan Davis, in-laws: Sheila (Lawrence), TaShameca, Marlon, Dominica, Tonya (John), Telicia, Glenn (Allyn). 
 
Great Aunts: “The Firm” Margaret Owens, Josephine McCrae, Cheney Drayton, Julia Wilcher, Emma Wilson.  
Aunts: Jeannette “Jenniboo” Waller and Lynnette Johnson. 
Uncles: Larry Saboor, Eddie Stokes, Walter Johnson, Curtis Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, and William Johnson.
Special niece Ny’Kia and grand nephew Enoch; Special nephew whom he raised as a son Terrell Lancaster.
Those honored to call him brother: Brian “Spook” Lewis, Calvin “Champ” Conway, Harding Byrd, and Eddie Blackwell. 
And a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

The service will proceed as follows:

The viewing will be held on Thursday, June 16,2022 at JP Holley Funeral Home 9010 Farrow Rd. Columbia, SC 29203 from 2:00pm until 7:00pm.

The funeral will be held on Friday, June 17,2022 at JP Holley Funeral Home 9010 Farrow Rd. Columbia, SC 29203 beginning at 11:00am. All those attending service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations.

All flower orders could be place at Brides and Blooms 3017 Farrow Rd. Columbia, SC 29203.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
June 16, 2022

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
JP Holley

Funeral Service
Friday
June 17, 2022

11:00 AM
JP Holley

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