Doctor Charles E. Davis Jr. was born on April 15, 1915 and was raised in Smyth County, VA. He attended grammar and high school in Rual Retreat, before attending Roanoke College in 1933. After attending Roanoke College, Charles studied at the University Of Virginia College Of Arts and Sciences, as well as the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine. He received his MD on June 10, 1940, and was chief surgeon at the Beckley (West Virginia Hospital.
Doctor Davis served as chief and director of surgery at Norfolk General Hospital, director of surgery at DePaul Hospital, and consultant in surgery at Portsmouth naval Hospital. He was president of the Norfolk County Medical Society. He served as president of the University of Virginia Medical Alumni Association. Doctor Davis was a diplomat, American Board of Surgery. He is part of the American College of Surgeons and is past president of the Virginia Surgical Society. He was also a member of the Lutheran Church. Doctor Davis was known was one of the medical profession's outstanding leaders in Eastern Virginia.
Doctor Davis sustained membership with Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the Honorary Medical Society. He was also a member of the Credential Committee, American College of Surgeons. He was chairman of the Ethics Committee, and the Norfolk Academy of Medicine.
Doctor Davis wrote many medical articles which have been published in many medical journals and magazines, including: Annals of Surgery, Virginia Medical Monthly, The American Surgeon, and Archives of Surgery.
Doctor Charles E. Davis Jr. was awarded the Roanoke College Medal on April 2, 1971 for his distinctive service and professional achievement. He was married and had four children; Charles E. Davis, III, Nancy J. Gantt, William L. Davis, Peter M. Davis, and Rebecca A. Davis.
Charles E. Davis, Jr. received the Roanoke College Medal in 1971.