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Tommy Davis

CHESTER -- Mr. Tommy Lee Davis, 58, of 2144 JA Cochran By-Pass died Saturday, July 28, 2007, in Chester.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at Browns Chapel AME Zion Church in Lowrys, with the Rev. James Owens officiating. Burial will be in Chester Memorial Gardens. Viewing will be from noon to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Denton Funeral Home of Chester.

Tommy Lee Davis was a humble man who greeted everyone with a warm smile, a firm hand shake, a hug or a pat on the back. And to him, it didn't matter if he'd known you all his life or just a few minutes. That gentle man departed this life suddenly on Saturday, July 28, 2007.

He was born on July 18, 1949 to Annie Bell Davis and John "J.C." McCree. Annie Bell later married John W. Wilmore Sr. Tommy was raised by his grandmother, Maggie Stevenson Davis. All preceded him in death.,

Tommy Davis believed in giving back to a community that nourished him as a child and continued to do so into his adult life. He became a member of the Lincolnville Baptist Church early in life and was an active trustee of the church at the time of his death.

He attended the Chester County public schools, where he graduated from Finley Senior High School in 1967. He received an Associate's degree from York Technical College in Rock Hill. He also attended Winthrop University. Tommy was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War, serving a stint in Korea.

Upon returning to Chester, he went to work for Springs Industries. He quietly worked his way from the factory floor to the front office, where he worked as personnel manager for the Katherine, Eureka and Springsteen plants. Tommy was a natural at human relations and he held similar positions with other companies in the Southeast, including employee relations manager for F. Schumacher & Co. in Richburg in 1990 to Sept. 2006 when he became a consultant with the company. He was also the first recipient of HR Manager of the Year for the Catawba Regional.

Tommy's work didn't stop at the office. He also volunteered with a number of community organizations including the Chester Regional Medical Center board of directors, the York Technical College foundation board, the Chester County Voter Registration Board and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life program and was chairman of the Catawba Workforce Investment board.

But with all that he did, Tommy's heart was devoted to family, particularly his immediate family - his wife of 33 years, Patricia Marie McClurkin; his daughter, Nikki Davis Young (Leon) and his son, Xavier Davis (Krishaunda Foote), both of Rock Hill.

In addition to his immediate family, he is also survived by three brothers, Michael Davis (Mary) and Willie McCree (Loretta), both of Chester and John W. Wilmore Jr. of Columbia; six sisters, Elaine Wilmore of Boston, Mass., Sharon Wilmore of Detroit, Mich., Sandra Wright (Leroy) of Chester, Margaret Smith (Ben) of Chattanooga, Tenn., Angela Hiett (George) of Mt. Airy, N.C., and Martha Ann Haynes (Aaron) of Columbia, S.C.; three aunts, Lizzie Mae Daniels and Pauline Worthy of Buffalo, N.Y., and Cora Williams (Elvy) of Cherry Hill, N.J.

Other survivors include a host of loving in-laws, Charles (Virginia) McClurkin, Marion McClurkin, Jessie McClurkin and Geraldine McClurkin, all of Chester, Herbert (Richardene) of Paterson, N.J., Harry McClurkin (Deborah) of Greensboro, N.C., Fannie Smith and Mattie Mae Norman of Charlotte, Louise Roberts of Rock Hill, Mary (John) Hinton of Detroit, Betty McClurkin of Spartanburg, S.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.