James E. "Big Jim" Davis, Sr.

  • Born: September 2, 1945
  • Died: January 24, 2022
  • Location: Bensalem, Pennsylvania

John F. Givnish Funeral Home

10975 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Tel. (215) 281-0100

Tribute & Message From The Family


James "Big Jim" Edward Davis, Sr, 76, of Bensalem, passed away on January 24, 2022. He was born September 2, 1945 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and was raised by his parents, the late Chester C. Miller and the late Margaret C. Miller (Davis nee – Delzite). Jim was the beloved husband of more than 50 years of Patricia Davis (nee – Qualters); father of James E. Davis, Jr, M.D; and grandfather of Julia and Lily Davis. He is also survived by a loving extended family and friends, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, especially the Szychulski Bunch - Andrew, Christopher, Gabby, Riley and Evan.

Jim was raised and educated in Philadelphia. He was especially handy and started his own small business, James E. Davis Electrical Contractor, performing electrical repairs and installation at age 16. After graduating from Jules E. Mastbaum High School, and with the Draft looming large over the country, Jim elected to answer the call to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. During his service, Jim continued to hone those same skills as an electrician in the USAF. He was Honorably Discharged in 1970.

Soon after his return to civilian life in Philadelphia, Jim and Patricia Qualters rekindled a friendship that would lead the couple to be wed on July 10,1971 and to celebrate more than 50 years of marriage together. Along the way, the couple continued to operate Jim's electrical contracting company which became known for his attention to detail and excellent workmanship, along with his neighborhood nickname, "Jimmy Electric." Later in life he took a position with the Internal Revenue Service as a Planner and Estimator and retired in the 1990s. Jim also held prominent positions with Projectionists Local 309 and later in Stagehands Local 8, into which Local 309 was merged. At various points and times, Jim could be found in the projection booths of The Devon, The Kent, The Goldman, or Bala Theaters.

In his free time, Jim had a love for anything mechanical, from model trains to motorcycles. He and Pat travelled extensively on his tan and cream colored 1979 Harley Davidson FLH, complete with sidecar, or his Sportster for more local trips. His love of trains stretched from models to their full-scale counterparts, his favorite of them all: the Pennsylvania Railroad GG1.

Big Jim's Life Celebration will take place on Sunday, February 6, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. and again on Monday, February 7, from 8:00 before his Funeral Service at 8:45 A.M.at John F. Givnish Life Celebration Home, 10975 Academy Road, Philadelphia. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.