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Cardiology employee remembered for helpfulness

Cardiology employee remembered for helpfulness Jimmy Davidson, 66, a former Charleston Naval Shipyard machinist, U.S. Air Force reservist and post-retiree courier working with the Division of Cardiology, died Sept. 21 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was buried Sept. 23 at Live Oak Memorial Gardens in Charleston.

Jimmy Davidson sits on Santa's lap.

Davidson will be remembered for his kindness, infectious smile and consideration to others.

A Charleston native, Davidson was born April 18, 1944, and was the son of Eugene and Hazel Stroman Davidson. He was a graduate of James Island High School and later worked at the Charleston Naval Shipyard for 32 years. He was a member of the International Machinist Union for 40 years and previously served in leadership positions including president and secretary. He began work with MUSC’s Division of  Cardiology in 1997.
Davidson was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church on James Island and sang in the choir for 30 years. He was a charter member of the Bill Davis Sunday School Class. Davidson is survived by wife, Chris; sons, Jim and Jon; daughter-in-law, Mandy; grandchildren, Blake and Anna, of Clemson; and other family. He was predeceased in death by a brother, Gene.

“Jimmy Davidson was always wonderful to work with—not only was he good at his job—accurate, time conscious, etc., but he also had a wonderful spirit and a smile for everyone he met. When he would stop by my office, or if I was over his way, he would always greet me with a smile, and a tip of his hat if he was wearing it. He was a true family man, and well regarded by everyone I know—a true indicator of what a special man he was.  He is greatly missed.”
—Frances Glanville, Department of Medicine

“I will truly miss Jimmy Davidson. He was a good, hardworking employee who was dedicated to his job and always went out of his way to help wherever he was needed. Jimmy always had a smile on his face, and I can honestly say I do not recall a single instance when he was not pleasant, helpful and accommodating to everyone he dealt with, whether within our division, our department or across the university. He was a true gentleman and a joy to work with.”
—Steve Vinciguerra, Division of Cardiology

“Jimmy Davidson was a ray of sunshine who would light up the day of everyone he touched. His infectious smile and good nature were always a welcome relief during times of stress. He will be missed dearly by the cardiology division.”
—Michael R. Gold, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Cardiology

“I will miss Jimmy’s presence, his friendliness and his kindness.  A true gentleman and a friend——he was always ready to listen and to help others. Thank you, Jimmy, for all the times that we shared. God’s Blessing to you and your family.”
—Gerald A Garza, Department of Medicine

“I would just like to say that Jimmy was always a pleasure to be around. I really miss his smiling face and our chats about our grandkids. He will be missed. Also, Chris is a real trooper. I know that things have been so hard on her and the family, but she has been strong in her faith through it all.”
—Marti White, Department of Medicine, Chairman’s Office

“Jimmy was a valued colleague of mine throughout the years. In the early days of UMS (shadow accounting system), Jimmy helped me tremendously with data entry and reconciliations. I depended on him as his work was always correct, timely, and reliable.  Jimmy was always willing to help, no matter the task, and he did his job with a  smile and a positive attitude.  His assistance to me was invaluable. I will miss talking to him about his beloved Clemson Tigers. Most of all, I will miss seeing the joy on his face as he shared photos and stories of his grandkids. The Department of Medicine received excellent service from Jimmy Davidson (as well as his wife, Chris) for many years. I will miss you, Jimmy D.”
—Lisa Burkhardt, Department of Medicine

“I remember Jimmy as such a pleasant man, always courteous and helpful. I think everyone who knew Jimmy knew the priorities in his life; the love for his wife Chris, his sons Jim and Jon, his church, and Clemson. He was always a bright spot in our day when he came around. We will all miss him greatly. 
—Cis Carroll, Division of Cardiology

“Jimmy was such a special friend to me when I first started working at MUSC two years ago. He helped me in so many ways, both professionally and personally. Jimmy touched my heart in a special way and he will forever be in my heart. My sincere love, prayers, and condolences to his wonderful family that he so very much loved—Jimmy is looking down at all of you now smiling at the legacy that he left behind.”
—Kathy R. Kleskie, Division of Cardiology

Friday, Oct. 1, 2010

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