John Earl Davidson, Sr., age 78, of Jewett, formerly of Freeport, passed away Friday, October 1, 2021 at Wheeling Medical Park in Wheeling, West Virginia after a lengthy illness.

Born June 3, 1943 in Mansfield, he was the son of the late Earl and Bessie Bonifant Davidson. He honorably served in the Army in Okinawa, Japan, during the Vietnam War. After returning from the war, he worked for the Scio Pottery Co. for over 10 years and then went to work at Gradall in New Philadelphia, where he worked as a press brake operator until his retirement. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing pool and always enjoyed listening to country music and Elvis. John was also an avid NASCAR fan; his favorite drivers were Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Dale Jr.

Surviving are his wife, Cheryl Elson Davidson, with whom he shared the past 38 years; sons John (Samantha) Davidson, Jr. of Baltic and Lew (Carrie) Davidson of Dennison; grandchildren Chris, Jacob, and Justin; great-grandchildren Ryan, Liam, Alina, Jarret; and Gideon; sister Tammy (Darrin) Miller of Carrollton; brothers Buddy (Fiona) Merrin of Richmond and John Merrin of Lisbon area; and four nieces and two nephews.

Services will be held Friday, October 8, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the Koch Funeral Home in Scio, with Reverend Mark Statler officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Jewett with military honors by Scio American Legion Post 482. Friends may call Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.