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Jefferson W. Davis

HAVERHILL: Jefferson W. Davis, 58, husband of Ellen Small Davis, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2017 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House surrounded by the love of his family and friends.

Born in Haverhill on February 7, 1959, he was the son of the late Allan V.V. and Jean (Westerman) (Davis) Vass.

Following his graduation from Haverhill High School, Class of 1977, Jefferson continued his education graduating from Nasson College in 1981. He then joined the Hershey Corp. working as a regional sales representative for five years. In 1986 Jefferson began a distinguished and successful 31 year career as a real estate broker working for his uncle at the King Davis Agency, now Coldwell Banker, in Haverhill. Jefferson excelled in the sale of both residential and commercial properties.

For years Jefferson enthusiastically served the Greater Haverhill community and was honored by an impressive list of titles, positions, and honorary awards: Director of Pentucket Bank; Trustee of Linwood Cemetery; Trustee of Greater Haverhill Foundation; Trustee of Women’s Benevolent Society of Lawrence; former Treasurer of Haverhill YMCA; member, Trustee and usher of First Baptist Church; Past Board Chairman of Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce; Past President Haverhill and Paul Harris Fellow recipient of Haverhill Rotary Club; member of the Griffin White Foundation; member of Essex/Fortnightly Club of Greater Haverhill; member of Merrimack Lodge F. & A.M.; member Crescent Yacht Club; and former member of Team Haverhill.

While endeavoring to establish and develop his business, Jefferson earned the respect and admiration of those with whom he came in contact. Jefferson was also recognized as Realtor of the Year in 1995 by the Greater Haverhill Board of Realtors.

Jefferson’s support and dedication to his family was the focus of his life. He enjoyed boating with family and friends on “The Reel Escape”, skiing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and vacationing at Lake Winnipesaukee.

In addition to his wife of 28 years, Jefferson is survived by his sons, J. Westerman Davis, Jr., Esquire and longtime girlfriend Jessica M. Barbone of Plaistow, NH, Egan C. Davis and longtime girlfriend Meaghan Blanchard of Bradford, and Declan A. Davis of Bradford; sister, Julia Payson Davis Butters and her husband Jeffrey of Atkinson, NH; father-in-law John W. Small of Haverhill; Uncle Kingsbury “King” Davis and Aunt Suzanne “Tudy” Davis of Haverhill; Aunt Janice Westerman Johns of Sedona, AZ; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Tuesday, May 16th, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 217 Main Street, Haverhill. Interment at Linwood Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Jefferson’s memory may be made to the Allan V.V. Davis Memorial Award c/o Haverhill Rotary Club, P.O. Box 808, Haverhill, MA 01831, or the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 Merrimack Street, Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843, or MGH Cancer Center in support of Thoracic Oncology Quality of Life research led by Dr. Jennifer Temel. Gifts may be made online at or mailed to the MGH Development Office, attention: Carrie Powers, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Checks should be made payable to Massachusetts General Hospital. 


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