Joel was a good friend, we partied hardy together. We also scuba dived together in the Keys and out in the gulf. I remember one trip off Sarasota when we got into a patch of sharks, Joel had just speared a grouper and went to the surface to fast and got a subcutaneous emphysema in his neck making him sound like Donald Duck, fortunately it dissipated and caused no other problems. I remember Joel's dream was to become a commercial diver and I believe he did go to school for that, but we lost touch and I don't know if he realized his dream or not.
St. Petersburg Times ( FL ) - September 17, 2000
Deceased Name: DAVIS , JOEL CLAYTON
DAVIS, JOEL CLAYTON, 48, of Herndon, Va., formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday (Sept. 13, 2000) at home. Born February 19, 1952, in California, he came here in 1968 from Merritt Island and moved to Virginia in the early 1970s. He was a machinist and was Methodist. Survivors include a son, Lucas G., Bradenton; two brothers, Robert D., Winter Haven, and Richard L., Charlotte, N.C.; his mother, Betty E. Davis, Charlotte; and a grandson. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Memorial Park Chapel, St. Petersburg.