Civic leader killed in wreck

CHESTER -- Well-known Chester area civic leader Tommy Lee Davis, employee relations manager for F. Schumacher & Co. in Richburg from 1990 to September 2006, was killed in a single-car crash Saturday evening on U.S. 321.

Davis, a Chester native who also had been personnel manager for Springs Industries' Katherine, Eureka and Springsteen plants from 1978 to 1987, was driving north on U.S. 321 about 6 miles south of Chester when his car crashed at about 5:10 p.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bryan McDougald.

Davis' 1993 Pontiac ran off the right side of the road, and he overcorrected to the left, going off the road and striking an embankment, McDougald said. He was not wearing a seat belt. Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Davis died from head and neck injuries.

Davis, who was an executive recruiter for R.E. Low Associates in Charlotte in the late 1980s and personnel manager for Delta Woodside Industries in Edgefield for a year before joining Schumachr, was active in several civic organizations, according to his daughter, Nikki Davis Young of Chester.

He served on the Chester Regional Medical Center board of directors, the York Technical College foundation board and the Chester County Voter Registration Board. He was chairman of the Catawba Workforce Investment Board and a trustee of Lincolnville Baptist Church.

His daughter said her father, 58, liked to get out and drive to relax. She had been calling him all afternoon. The family recently had jointly celebrated his birthday, which was on July 17, and hers, on July 12, with a family cookout, she said.

"He was a very humble man who would do anything he could for anybody," she said. "He just loved his family and his church."

Denton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.