James G. ‘Jim’ Davis
James J. “Jim” Davis, 90, of Holmes Beach and a native of Atlanta, died Nov. 3.
He attended Boys High School and Georgia Tech before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in 1942, graduating as a pilot the following year.
He served as a pilot in the China-Burma theater where we was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Force medals, presidential citations, China War Memorial Medal and others.
He went on to have a successful career with the Federal Aviation Administration. In 1975, he was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Valor for successfully executing an emergency airlift of FAA and embassy families from Beirut Lebanon when a state of civil war existed, and the city was under fire.
In 1980, he was recruited as an aviation expert for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
He retired at the age of 65 with more than 16,000 flight hours.
Mr. Davis moved to Holmes Beach several years ago and was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Memorial donations can be made to Roser Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Mr. Davis is survived by daughter Mrs. Robert Holman, of Marietta, Ga.; son James G. of Hiawassee, Ga.; three granddaughters and five great-grandchildren..
Jesus Rosario, 51, died Oct. 31. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He later lived and worked in Massachusetts before coming to Florida.
Mr. Rosario found his home, however, when he came to Anna Maria Island and specifically to the Anna Maria City Pier, according to pier manager David Sork.
“Jesus will be sadly missed by family and friends,” he said, adding, “His friends were many and cut across economic, social and international barriers. He was a fixture at the pier as a fisherman and then as dockmaster. He would talk to everyone, but he especially loved to teach first-timers to fish. He loved to see the looks on their face when they caught their first fish and, most especially, loved to see kids ‘hooked’ on fishing.
“He was a friend to all and always could be heard laughing on the pier. His laugh was infectious, his manner loud and raucous, and he never missed an opportunity to meet newcomers, especially the ladies.
“He loved his bling, his job, and his grandchildren. His presence is missed, but his spirit will be felt on the Anna Maria City Pier for many years to come,” said Sork.
Visitation was held Nov. 4 at Covell Funeral Home, 4232 26th St. W., Bradenton.