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John E. Davis Jr.

August 31, 1947 — January 27, 2023

On Friday, January 27, 2023, John E. Davis, Jr., loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the age of 75.

John was born on August 31, 1947, in Philadelphia, PA to John and Luciene Davis. He graduated from Frankfort High School in PA then enlisted and served in the US Naval Academy with the Naval Academy Band. After his service, he went on to graduate with honors from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts in 1973.

On October 22, 1977, John married his longtime girlfriend and love of his life, Toni Lynn Diana of Hillsville, PA. They have been married for 45 years and raised three daughters.

John began his career in Philadelphia as a music arranger and record producer, making multiple hit records and working with many well-known artists.  In 1975, he formed The Monster Orchestra and enjoyed huge success as the premiere Disco Orchestra of the era winning the billboard Magazine Award as best disco orchestra in 1979 and 1980.  In 1981, John relocated with his family to Los Angeles, CA, where he met producer Aaron Spelling and began a long career of scoring many well-known television shows. John won an ASCAP award for seven seasons of having written the most music for a television series. He won an ASCAP award and gold album award for his Beverly Hills 90210 theme song. John also won the Nashville songwriters award for the hit song (I’ll be your) Dream Lover.  Of all his achievements, John would always say the most special award he ever received was his family.  He was known as a family man and for always bringing a smile to your face.

John was preceded in death by his father, John E. Davis Sr., his mother, Luciene Ann Davis, and his twin brother, Joseph Davis. He is survived by his wife, Toni Davis; his three daughters, Diana Davis, Leigh Devine, and Lisa Kelly; his son-in-law, Patrick Kelly; and his four grandchildren, Jordin Devine, Ryan Kelly, John Kelly, and Brooke Kelly.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2023 at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 North Main Street, Poland, OH 44514. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral Home with Deacon John Terranova officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, 1300 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Youngstown, OH 44510.

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Friday, February 3, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home (Poland)

270 North Main Street, Poland, OH 44514

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Memorial Service

Friday, February 3, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home (Poland)

270 North Main Street, Poland, OH 44514

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