Stephen Richard Davies
July 18, 1938 – October 12, 2020
Stephen Richard Davies was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 18, 1938 to Arvon Lloyd Davies and Billie McMachan. He was the oldest of four: Peter (Janis) Lynn Davies, Phillip (Sherry) Lloyd Davies and Cynthia Ellen Davies, all of Clemson, South Carolina. He treasured his role as an uncle to Danny (Denna) Davies of Queensbury, New York, Janie (Patrick) Fitzgerald of White Plains, New York, Rachel (Thomas) Hohman of Queensbury, New York, Jeremy Davies of Seneca, South Carolina, and Tyler Davies of Hollywood, Florida.
Steve spent most of his young life in Michigan, New York and the United Kingdom. He attended Decatur High School in Decatur, Alabama through his junior year and graduated from The American School in London in St. John’s Wood, London. Steve served as a Military Policeman in the United States Army followed by the Army Reserve.
Steve studied Architecture and Business at Auburn University. There he roomed with Corey Ray Jacobs. Corey invited Steve to visit his family in New Hope and asked his mom to find Steve an eligible, nice girl so they could go on a double date. Mrs. Jacobs heard Nancy Sue Childers had just ended a serious relationship, but Nancy wasn’t too keen on the idea of a blind date. On May 6, 1961, just three months after a chance blind date, Steve and Nancy eloped.
Steve and Nancy were the proud parents of Stephanie DeAnn Davies of Dunwoody, Georgia and Scott (Kelly) Daniel Davies of Seneca, South Carolina. They were also blessed with four grandchildren: Emma Bay Dickinson of Athens, Georgia, Vander Ashen Davies of Athens, Georgia, Seth Donavan Davies of Conway, South Carolina and Samantha Danielle Davies of Clemson, South Carolina.
Steve spent 35 years of his career in field construction. He served as an Industrial Construction Manager with Fluor Daniel for 21 of those years. He later joined Rust Environment & Infrastructure where he served as Construction Consultant for both Midway Airport and Navy Pier. During this time he and Nancy relocated throughout the United States. It was at work where Steve met Billy Jones. Steve and Nancy became best friends with Billy and his wife Carolyn. They were often assigned to the same projects, moved to the same states and shared many adventures together. Billy and Carolyn were also Steve’s support when Nancy lost her battle with cancer in 1996.
Years later Carolyn decided to set Steve up on a blind date with her brother’s widow Judy who had lost her husband to cancer as well. On October 16, 1999, Steve married Judy Langford Hardison. He welcomed her daughters Tiffany (Eric) Holcomb of Franklin, Tennessee, and Kristy (Carlton) Drumwright of Brentwood, Tennessee into his family. He also gained five grandchildren: Hannah, Madeline and Ethan Holcomb, and Josie and Benjamin Drumwright.
Judy and Steve moved to Franklin, Tennessee where they shared a love of boating at the lake, gardening and visiting with neighbors. You could always find Steve outside helping a neighbor and sharing a story of days gone by. Steve was devoted to his Christian faith and was a member of Brentwood Baptist Church for the past eighteen years. He was always the first to offer help when he heard about someone in need.
Steve’s greatest joy in life was without a doubt his grandchildren. If he wasn’t talking about cars, he was bragging about his grandkids. And anytime he was with them you can bet they would be sneaking away for burgers and milkshakes.
Steve’s character can best be shown from the time he was diagnosed with cancer. He faced his diagnosis with strength and positivity. He continued to work hard and take care of those around him until his last days, even mowing the yard just weeks before. He loved and lived every moment he was given. Always helping others, until God called him home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Alive Hospice.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Stephen Richard Davies
October 15, 2020
Steve and Judy treated me and my family like their family. They were Papa and Nana to us too! We miss them both greatly. I am so appreciative of their love of life, their joy, their fun spirits, their love of the lake life and their sense of humor. They will be forever in our hearts❤
RUBY N. THORPE
October 14, 2020
LOVED THAT COUPLE, LIKE SISTER AND BROTHER TO ME. THEY WERE MILES APART, BUT GOD PUT THEM TOGETHER. THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE TOGETHER. THOSE WE LOVE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, THEY BECOME A MEMORY AND THEN A TREASURE. MY HEART BREAKS FOR BOTH OF THEM, BUT THEY ARE IN THE SAME PLACE AGAIN.