FORT LAWN -- Dr. Joseph (Joe) B. Davis, 74, of 1475 Riverview Circle, died on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, S.C.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, with Retired Rev. Samuel Parker officiating. Burial will follow at Rock Hill Memorial Gardens.
Dr. Davis was born in Germanton, Forsythe County, N.C., on Dec. 2, 1933, and was a son of the late Ollie Reaves Davis Sr. and Ramie Westmoreland Davis and the brother of the late Ollie Reaves Davis Jr. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Dr. Davis taught chemistry at Florida Presbyterian and Winthrop University. He retired from Winthrop University after 30 years of service as Professor Emeritus of Chemistry. During his tenure, he was an active researcher, scholar, and mentor for numerous students. Dr. Davis also served as faculty research chemist at the Savannah River Laboratory and was selected for a summer fellowship program at the University of Tennessee twice. While at Winthrop University, he assisted the chemistry majors in reactivating the student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society. Upon his retirement, the student affiliates established the Joe B. Davis Excellence in Teaching Award and honored him by naming him as the first recipient. Other honors include: Distinguished Alumnus, Western Carolina University in 1980; Who's Who in the South and Southwest; and American Men and Women of Science.
Dr. Davis attended City View School and Griffith High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. He received his BS degree in chemistry and mathematics from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and his MS and PhD degrees in analytical chemistry from Clemson University. He served in the U.S. Army Security Agency during the Korean War and was stationed on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.
Dr. Davis was a member of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church and served for several years as evening youth teacher and Sunday School teacher. He served as instructor for Driver Safety courses offered by AARP. He was a member of the SC/SW Colombia Partners of the Americas and visited Cali, Colombia, SA to advise them on several projects; he also served on the board of the SC/SW Colombia Partners Chapter for several years. He taught for one year at Shanghai International University in Shanghai, China and held a Foreign Experts Certificate. He enjoyed flying and earned private pilot's and commercial pilot's licenses.
Surviving are his wife, Dr. Sarah F. Stallings; his son and daughter-in-law, Michael Joseph and Carol Abernathy Davis of Charlotte, N.C.; his grandson, Benjamin Michael Davis; his sister and her husband, Eleanor Davis and Marvin Plummer of Norwood, N.C.; his sister-in-law, Grace Fulp Davis of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and his very special companions, "X", Bit, China and Newby.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday prior to the service at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill.
Memorials may be made to the Winthrop Foundation designated for the J.B. Davis Excellence in Teaching Fund, Tillman Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 29733 or to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.greenefuneralhome.net.