Robert “Bob” Leland Davis
December 9, 1944 – July 20, 2022
Robert (Bob) Leland Davis affectionally known as “Pop”, “The Claw”, and “Blue” went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the age of 77.
Bob entered the world on December 9, 1944, in Richmond, Virginia, to the late Joseph Dudley, Jr. and Meta J. Davis, and was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph D. Davis, III, better known as Gator to many.
Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kaye; daughter Nicole Patteson (Ralph); grandchildren Ridge and Lauren Patteson; sister Robin King (Steve); nieces Amy Davis and Brianne Hammon (Mark); and nephew Brian Davis.
Early in his life, Bob developed an affection for men’s softball. He coached teams and played into his 60’s. The nickname “Blue” came from having umpired slow pitch softball for 37 years. His passion for prison ministry started at James River Correctional Center which led to his involvement with Kairos of Virginia at Nottoway, Greensville, and Sussex II prisons after his Walk to Emmaus. “The Claw” was a nickname given by “residents” because of his strong grip. As Bob entered a new season of life, his ministry focused on handing out pocket crosses and praying for those he encountered, including many doctors and nurses.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, at Monument Heights Baptist Church, 5716 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23226 with a reception/visitation to follow. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of these organizations that were near and dear to his heart: Kairos of Virginia (www.kairosva.org), PO Box 182, Woodbridge, VA 22194; Needles Eye Ministries, Inc. (needleseye.org), 104 Berrington Court, Richmond, VA 23221 and 3WIDE Ministries (www.3Wide.org), 1030 West Broad St Box 178, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Bob you will missed by many. I never had to wonder where you stood and can’t remember a time when I disagreed. You were a blessing to many. See you soon.
Bob was a true christian and a gentle giant. He will be missed by all that knew him or ever came in contact with him. Prayers for his family as they live with the void of his presence.
Loved Bob. Blessed to have known him
Heartfelt condolences to Miss Kaye and the family. He is now resting in the presence of our Lord. No better place to be- Rest well Sir!
” Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am sorry for your loss “. Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort.
Bob was a great person who will be missed. Bob and I met on the softball field . He recruited me to play senior softball with him and we had a lot of fun traveling out of town and competing against other teams. Bob always saw the good in a person no matter the ethnicity. He was a strong competitor and expected the same out of the people who played with him. I will miss that gracious greeting and smile when he saw me and his telephone greeting ” Hello, Bob Davis”. We extend our sincere condolences to the family.
I met Bob during my Walk to Emmaus, and teamed with him on a couple of subsequent Walks. He was a great guy, and someone who influenced my faith journey. May his memory be a blessing!
Brother Bob, I greatly enjoyed the many Kairos teams we served on at Nottoway. I was particulary touched by your witnees about forgiveness and how as Christians we are called to forgive even people who may have greatly harmed members of our family. The message was that such forgivenss was impossible for us in our own strength. But. with God’s help we were given the strength to do so.
I look forward to seeing you again in the presence of our our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Uintil then..
Your brother in Christ,
Praise God for Bob Davis,. What a devoted man to Jesus …. Bob used his God given talents in Kairos Prision Ministries to direct the lost to the saving Power of Jesus Christ. Bob touched the lives of many inmates . We will miss you Bob.. The Claw..