DAVIS MD, Floyd L.
Floyd Lawrence Davis, MD, died peacefully on September 10, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family. Born on January 3, 1924 in New York City, Floyd grew up enjoying boxing, swimming, street hockey, football, baseball, and taking care of animals on a friend’s farm in the summer. At the age of 14, he moved to Barnesville, Georgia where he attended Gordon Military College until his graduation in 1942.
Floyd earned a commission as a lieutenant from the enlisted ranks, served proudly in the US Army Medical Corps in France and Italy and participated in the Rhineland Campaign during World War II. Floyd has a Bronze Star, Good Conduct for the Army, American Campaign, Europe, Africa and Middle East Campaign, World War II Victory Medals, Carbine and Rifle Shooting Badges. Floyd’s wartime experience provided his initial inspiration to become an eye surgeon.
After the war, Floyd graduated from the University of Georgia School of Journalism. Subsequently, he attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Sorbonne University – Paris, France, University Medical School Groningen – Groningen, Netherlands, and completed an external training at the UK Medical School, at the Leonardo Eye Institute – Rome, Italy and the National Maternity Hospital Dublin, Ireland. Using his GI Bill benefits to pay his school fees, Floyd earned his MD from the University of Geneva Medical School – Geneva, Switzerland. He completed his training at Crawford Long Hospital of Emory University School of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine’s residency program, and ophthalmology, and taught at Tufts University.
During his internship at Crawford Lounge in Atlanta, Floyd met his sweetheart Mary Gilmard Davis while she was an orthopedic nurse. Mary later joined Floyd in Boston where they married while he completed his residency and Mary continued to nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1962, Floyd and Mary returned to Georgia where they established a 53-year ophthalmology practice in East Point and Fayetteville. Floyd has been passionate about eye care and helping generations of patients over the years. He was an Honorary Fellow of South Fulton Medical Center, a member of the French Society of Ophthalmology, a chartered diplomat and a life fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Fluent in French and conversant in Italian, German and Dutch, Floyd enjoyed returning to France, Italy and Ireland with his family and enjoyed one of his greatest trips at the age of 86 – a safari photographing the Great Migration in Kenya and Africa. Described by a family friend as having a good heart and an inquisitive mind, Floyd, in his later years, continued to satisfy his desire to constantly learn. He studied writing and photography in Maine for several summers. Floyd loved all sports, history, animals, his friends, and life in general. Above all, he loved his family.
Floyd is survived by his children, Daniel Weir (Eric) of Jones Creek, Georgia, and Timothy Davis (Julie) of Carlsbad, California; granddaughter Mary Weir; and niece Pamela Davis. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, 46-year-old Mary; and his older brother Bill.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial service in honor of Floyd Davis on Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022. A ceremony will follow a celebration of life.
Please share your memories or condolences with your family on www.roswellfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Mary Gillard Davis Scholarship Fund at Mercer University. Gifts may be mailed to the Office of University Advancement, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207 or submitted online at www.mercer.edu/givenow. Please include the name of the scholarship in the notes field.