Charlotte Observer, Obituary, 10/14/1999

Robert Lee Davis, of Charlotte, NC., age 68, after a long battle with lung cancer, on October 12, 1999.

Cherished husband of Jean; loved and admired by his four children, their spouses, partners and grandchildren: Stephen Davis & Jeffrey Busch, of New York City; Alfred & Karen Davis, and their children Brian & Kelly, of Chesapeake, Va.; Cynthia Davis & Tracy Jones and their son, Christopher, of Salt Lake City; and Robert Warren Davis, of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Born in 1930 in Omar (Logan County),W.Va., to Addie Jay Walker and Russell P. Davis, both deceased, he attended Huntington High School and Marshall College before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.  After military service, he entered Lexington Theological Seminary (Disciples of Christ), graduating in 1956 with a vocation in music ministry & education. He went on to hold music ministry positions in several congregations in the Southwest, including: Rosemont Christian Church, Dallas; the First Methodist Churches of Winnsboro and Sherman, Texas; and the Tempe Community Christian Church in Tempe, Ariz.  He was the assistant band director for Southen Methodist University while he continued his study of music during the mid-1960s.

In 1968, he pursued an additional career as a secular music educator, teaching in the public school systems of Glendale and Scottsdale, Ariz.  In 1971 he and Jean Edgecomb were married.  They moved to North Carolina in 1985 both taking positions as music educators in the Charlotte Public School System, from which he retired in 1997.

A skilled and dedicated teacher and mentor, he took great pride in the successes of his students, a number of whom went on to become professional musicians.  A gentle and loving husband, father and friend, he leaves behind warm memories, the many gifts of his genial intelligence and thoughtful reflection, and the wonderful bounty of his musical understanding, skill and appreciation.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 16, at the McEwen Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Road in Pinewille conducted by the Rev. Sidney Freeman.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Christian Appalachian Project, an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia: 322 Crab Orchard Street, Lancaster, KY 40446; or to the

Humane Society of Charlotte, 2700 Toomey Ave. Charlotte, NC 28203.