Erving Davis

Obituary of Erving Davis

Erving Donald Davis, born in Philadelphia, PA on October 18, 1969 to Bea and the late John W. Davis Sr.

Erving, so affectionately called Don or Booge by his Sister Vanessa, unexpectedly departed this life on May, 2, 2018, at the age of 48. 

Erving was educated in the Camden City Public School System. 

Erving worked in various jobs to include: Budd’s Pools, Mid Atlantic Laundry, Quality Foods, Robinson’s Commercial Floor Care and Cleaning Service and his all-time favorite job was with Waste Management as a Sanitation Worker. He was nicknamed “Woo Wee” and “Swerving Erv” by his co-workers because of his fast pace work ethics. He loved running and slinging those garbage and trash cans. As a young man, Erving was taught carpentry by his late father, John W. Sr., aka Billy Davis.

Erving enjoyed dancing with his granddaughters, Diamond and Baby Girl, to Bust It Baby, Pt. 2 by Plies Ft. Ne – Yo.  Erving enjoyed going fishing with his brothers and was a diehard Eagles fan. When others jumped ship, due to the unlikely hood of the Eagles ever becoming super bowl champions, Erving remained a faithful fan until they won their first super bowl championship, this past February. 

Erving would open his heart and his wallet to whoever was in need.  No one who met him will ever forget his love for people.

Erving’s life seems too short, but his presence exceeded his quantity of life. 

He will be fondly, forever, deeply and lovingly remembered by family, friends and all who knew him.  


He leaves to cherish his memories his two children son Donald Sr., and daughter Shameya Purnell, seven grandchildren Arianna Purnell, Ta'Ajha Reyes, Ta'Miya Reyes, Donald Purmell Jr., Kiana, Ah'Mari and Ah'Milla Purnell, mother Bea Davis, four sisters Terri Colemon, Vanessa, Sandra and Tomasina Davis, three brothers, John Jr (Stephanie), Gilbert (Donna) and Carl Davis Sr. (Nichelle) eleven Nieces, eleven nephews, seventeen great nieces and twenty four great nephews, seven aunts and one uncle. Erving was predeceased by his father, John W. Davis Sr., paternal grandparents Gilbert and Mary Davis, maternal grandparents Isaac and Mary E. Wilson eight uncles and five aunts.