It is with profound sadness, but also a sense of sincere gratitude for a life well-lived, that the family of Marvin Edward Davidson announces his passing on December 21, 2019, after an extended illness at the age of 90 years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother and will forever be remembered and loved by his wife of 64 years, Linda Wyatt Davidson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Cornelius and Dulah Frank Davidson, and his siblings, Charles Clifford Davidson and Mae Dell Davidson Wyatt. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Sylvianne Davidson Bradbury (Doug) of Nashville, TN; Linda Gail Davidson Tisdale (Clyde) of Birmingham, AL; and Gregory Edward Davidson (Kathy) of New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico; and his grandchildren, Elizabeth Bradbury McAlpin (Ben) and Catherine Wyatt Bradbury of Nashville, TN; Dr. Carter Sullivan Tisdale of Las Vegas; Patrick Wyatt Tisdale of Atlanta; Madeline Ruth Tisdale of Birmingham, AL; and Sarah Ding of Cambridge, England; and sister, Claydean Davidson Bagwell of Livonia, MI.
Born October 29, 1929, in Mayfield, Kentucky, he was a graduate of Lowes High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Navy for a four-year stint as an Operations Specialist aboard a U.S. Navy combat vessel during the Korean War and later attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to pursue a Ph.D in Agronomy. He subsequently worked for the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service for Agriculture for 35 years, before retiring in 1992. Later in life, he became an avid gardener and woodworker, creating many special keepsakes for his family. He lived his life by a personal Code of Honor, rejoicing in his faith and family. He was the consummate patriarch and guided his children with wisdom, old-fashioned values, practical advice, a wonderful sense of humor, and his positive outlook on life. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Marvin was longtime resident of Elkton, Kentucky, a farming community he cherished. He was an active member of Elkton Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. He held numerous community leadership positions in Todd County during his 50-year residency, including positions on the Elkton City Council and two terms as President of the Elkton Rotary Club.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 27, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Elkton Baptist Church, followed by the funeral service at 1:30 p.m.
The family would like to express its deep appreciation and heartfelt thanks to Shae Hightower and the many kind and loving caregivers and staff at NHC Place at The Trace and Caris Healthcare in Nashville for their loving care of Marvin in the final months of his life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Elkton Baptist Church, 301 Main Street, Elkton, Kentucky 42220. Please note “in memory of Marvin Davidson.”
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