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Edward Francis Davis

July 9, 1941 — March 17, 2023

Edward Francis Davis, 81, of Goldvein, Virginia passed away on March 17, 2023, surrounded by his family and close friends.

Edward was born on July 9, 1941 to the late Francis Edward and Anna Mae Davis, in Washington, DC. Ed graduated from St. Johns College High School. He followed in the footsteps of his father and joined the Metropolitan Police Department on his 21st birthday. While working for the Metropolitan Police Department he attended American University and obtained both a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. He retired from the police department at the rank of Lieutenant. Ed continued his law enforcement career with the F.B.I. where worked with the Behavioral Science Unit and was later an instructor at the Academy. Ed testified as an expert in the use of force in Canada and England. He co-authored three books and several magazine articles. He was most proud when one of “his students” credited him with saving their life during a violent encounter. Ed’s father, who was a Captain with the Metropolitan Police Department, taught him how to shoot a gun at an early age. Ed’s father taught him well, as Edward was proud that he qualified to carry a firearm every year from 1962 until 2022. Ed was a family man. He loved spending time with them whenever he could. He enjoyed many family vacations and was always at concerts, recitals, and sporting events supporting his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ed loved the outdoors. His children cherish the time that he spent with them camping, hunting and fishing.
In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his brother James W. Davis.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Julia Davis, his four children, Deborah Barham, Joseph Davis, John Davis, and James Davis, his eight grandchildren, Jennifer Gagnon, Samantha Crilley, Zachary Barham, Alex Barham, Drew Davis, Lauren Davis, Jessica Davis, and Brody Davis, his two great-grandchildren, Matthew Gagnon and Cameron Gagnon, his Daughter-in-laws Paula Davis, Annette Davis, and Jennifer Davis, his Son-in-law Paul Barham, Grand Son-in-law Christopher Crilley, and other assorted family members and many caring friends.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Lee Funeral Home, 6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd. Clinton, MD 20735. A Funeral Mass will take place the following day, Thursday, March 23rd at 10:00am at St. Timothy's Catholic
Church, 13807 Poplar Tree Rd. Chantilly, VA 20151. Interment will follow.

In lieu of giving flowers, the family asks that those who are able instead make a donation to Children’s National Hospital ( or Give Kids the World (

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