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OBITUARY

Henry Winston Davis III

May 30, 1942February 8, 2020

Henry “Hank” Winston Davis III, 77, of Simpsonville, SC passed away on February 8, 2020, after an extended illness. He was the son of the late Henry Winston Davis, Jr. and Harriett Finley Davis Humphlett. He was the grandson of the late Henry Winston Davis, Sr. and Ruth Hughes Davis, and the late Thomas R. Finley and Alice Scott Finley.

Hank was born on May 30, 1942, in Nashville, Tenn. He was raised primarily in Aiken, SC, along with many children whose parents came to work at the Savannah River Plant. He attended Aiken County public schools, graduating from Aiken High School in the Class of 1960. He graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, in 1967.

After graduation, Hank followed an interest in broadcast journalism, working at ABC News in New York, WIS-TV news in Columbia, SC, and WFBC-TV news in Greenville, SC. For 43 years, Hank was a licensed real estate broker in Greenville, and launched the H.W. Davis & Company real estate firm, which he managed until his death.

Greenville was Hank’s home for 50 years. He loved the city and proudly showed off its growth and progress to visitors. He participated in the civic life of his city as a member of the Greenville Jaycees (President in 1971-72). He was especially proud of the Jaycees’ work on the Fluoride Action Committee which he chaired. Hank was a longtime member and former vice-chairman of the Greenville Democratic Party. He was also a member of the Greenville IBMPC user group. For the past two years Hank had served as a Commissioner of the Greenville MetroConnect Board.

Hank was a man with an insatiable curiosity and thus was never bored. He read voraciously and loved discussing his latest interests. He had a great love of the outdoors and outdoor photography and spent many weekends hiking in the southern Appalachian Mountains. He was the family historian and genealogist and loved telling stories drawn from his research into family history.

Hank is survived by three sisters: Nancy Davis Thorne of Aiken, SC; Margaret Davis Crutchfield, Bluffton, SC; and Katherine Allison Davis, Atlanta, Ga. He is survived by two nieces: Melissa Jean Thorne, Troy, NY and Ann Elizabeth Bloj, Lafayette, Colo., and one nephew, Michael Winston Crutchfield, Fort Mill, SC. He is also survived by cousins W.R. Dick Bennett, Piedmont, SC; Scott Finley, Anderson, SC; Sara White, Lawrenceville, Ga; Dr. Wil Davis, Holland, Mich.; and James Davis, Pekin, Ill.

A celebration of Hank’s life will be held in mid-March. Arrangements, to be determined, will be found at the website of Mackey Funerals and Cremations.

Website: www.mackeymortuary.com. Address: 311 Century Drive, Greenville, SC 29607

To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit our website at www.mackeymortuary.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Henry Winston Davis Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Harriett Finley Davis Humphlett, Mother (deceased)
  • Henry Winston Davis, Sr., Grandfather (deceased)
  • Ruth Hughes Davis, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Thomas R. Finley, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Alice Scott Finley, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Nancy Davis Thorne, Sister
  • Margaret Davis Crutchfield, Sister
  • Katherine Allison Davis, Sister
  • Melissa Jean Thorne, Niece
  • Ann Elizabeth Bloj, Niece
  • Michael Winston Crutchfield, Nephew
  • He is also survived by cousins W.R. Dick Bennett, Piedmont, SC; Scott Finley, Anderson, SC; Sara White, Lawrenceville, Ga; Dr. Wil Davis, Holland, Mich.; and James Davis, Pekin, Ill.

Services

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Frank Taylor

February 28, 2020

When a member of the class of 1960 passes away we are reminded of our morality. It also stimulates fond memories.
When Hank's father passed away while we were in junior high, my mother and I visited with the Davis'. We were Presbyterians. I remember Hank graciousness in a very sad time in his life. He played his trumpet during our visit. That visit has remained a part of me to this day. I wanted to be like Hank in good and bad times. Hank went to Harvard, I went to Clemson. Our paths did not cross but I always knew where Hank was and what he was doing through mutual acquaintances. Hank had a good heart and mind. Always sad to learn a fruitful life has come to an end.

Brian Siegmund

February 27, 2020

Hank is the only classmate that I have been able to hang with since the third grade. He and I were in the same classroom at Alfred I. DuPont Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware. He was born the same month and year as I was and our dads both got transferred with DuPont to the Savannah River Plant in Aiken in the early 1950's and we both started fifth grade at Eustis Park Elementary School in Aiken together. All through elementary, junior high, high school and the class reunions we would reflect on our 3rd grade experiences together up “Nawth” and how I was always sitting out in the hall for talking too much in class!

Hank was an extremely smart and well-rounded student in high school (National Honor Society, Merit Scholarship, Band, Basketball, Student Council, clubs, etc.) and I always envied him for his ability to get so many things done during those years. I know I will personally miss him and as well as all of us as he was always a bright spot at the reunions.

May God Rest His Soul!
Brian Siegmund

Chris Jordan

February 19, 2020

I first met Hank in 1998 at Haywood crossing and station apartments in Greenville. I was the maintenance supervisor at the apartments in which
he lived. He was the only person on site that still had the 1970s shag carpet in his apartment and actually wanted to keep it. I asked him why and he told me he loved the way it felt on his feet while he sat in his chair reading books and the daily newspapers. He was also the only person I’ve known that keep every single paper since the 60s in box’s stacked through out his apartment. We became friends from the first day I met him. I’ve been his go to guy for 22 years for anything he needed fixed or repaired in his Real estate business ever since. I’ve kinda looked up to Hank as a father figure ever since my dad passed away in 2005. He was the only person that I could call and talk to or set down with when I needed someone after he died. I guess he reminded me of my dad so much because they were so much alike especially about the outdoors. I know these times are tough when I loved one leaves us but I can tell you this he is in a much better place than we all are in these times. No more suffering and No more Drs appointments lord I know these past couple years were full of them. I am going to miss Old Hank he was a dear friend of mine until we meet again one day. I’m sure he is wondering around all over the place in Heaven looking and talking and most of All no more Pills to take. My deepest condolences to you all in his family and sister’s in Aiken that I always wanted to meet but never had a chance to. He always talked about you.

Phil Hydrick

February 17, 2020

My condolences to Hank’s family. Hank was a good friend in Aiken High School. We both played the trumpet in the band under Mr. Slaughter and shared a lot of good memories of that time together. He was a year ahead of me and I sorta lost track of him after he left Aiken, but remember his wit and friendship and the good times we spent back then. It’s sad that you lose track of some of your friends over the years, but the time goes by so fast.

Elizabeth { Sue } Hatcher Harding

February 13, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Hank was a much loved classmate and was always smiling. He will be missed.

Jim McDonald

February 13, 2020

I first met Hank when we were in college at Guilford College and we got a job driving a real estate agent around because he lost his license. Our fathers were in college together and we kept in touch over the years and he was one of my closest friends. He was a Democrat and I am a Republican and we had weekly cordial debates about politics for at least the past 30 years. I am really going to miss his knowledge and insight into S.C. and U.S. political history, which was substantial, and his passing will leave a hole that I won't be able to fill.

Linda Adams

February 13, 2020

Hank was always so faithful to come to all our Reunions, Birthday parties for class, and was a good classmate to the Aiken High School Class of 1960, we will miss him.
I noticed his email had come back and I didn't think of his health, only thought that he had retired and was planning to call and get new address for next reunion.
I was sorry to hear he had been ill.
May God comfort you during this time.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY