William Lipscomb Davis Jr.

September 15, 1931May 21, 2013

DAVIS, William Lipscomb, Jr. "Buzz" - Age 81. Passed away on the 21st of May, 2013. He was the son of William Lipscomb and Annee Haley Davis and preceded in death by his sister, Martha Davis Sarratt. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Florence Stumb Davis; children, William Lipscomb Davis III (Kim), Adelaide Davis Stevens, Virginia Annee Davis; mother, Adelaide Shull Davis; brother, Harrison Shull Davis (Robbie); brother-in-law, Dr. Paul R. Stumb (Mary); grandchildren, Lipscomb Davis IV (Rachel), Haley Davis, Will Hannon (Mary Julia), Janie Hannon, Ro Stevens and Davis Stevens. He graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in 1949 and Vanderbilt University in 1953 where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi and Omicron Delta Kappa honorary fraternity. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Army, stationed in Germany in 1954-55. He joined his father at Davis Cabinet Company in 1956, serving as President from 1965-1980. In 1980, he became a partner in Hillsboro Enterprises. He served as a Deacon, Elder and Clerk of the Session at First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Davis served on the boards of Bradford Furniture Company, Gale Smith and Company, Genesco, Life and Casualty Insurance Company, Murray-Ohio Manufacturing Company, Nashville City Bank, Thomas Nelson Inc., The Potomac Group, Third National Bank, Third National Corporation, SunTrust, Nashville Bank & Trust (now Truxton Trust Company), American General Insurance Company (Houston, TX), Bradford Showroom (Memphis, TN), Durr-Fillauer Medical Inc. (Montgomery, AL), Peden Steel (Raleigh, NC), Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), and Southern Furniture Manufacturers Association (High Point, NC). Active in the community, he also served on the boards of the Sam M. Fleming Foundation, the M. Stratton Foster Foundation, Junior Achievement, Middle TN Council of Boy Scouts, Montgomery Bell Academy, The Rotary Club, Chairman of The Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, and President of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Buzz was a member of The Augusta National Golf Club, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, a founding member of The Golf Club of Tennessee, and a former President of Belle Meade Country Club. Visitation will be held on Friday, the 24th of May from two o’clock until five o’clock in the afternoon in Courtenay Hall of First Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, the 25th of May at ten-thirty in the morning at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Todd B. Jones and Dr. William T. Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers: W. Lipscomb Davis IV, William M. Hannon, Roland H. Stevens IV, H. Brewer Davis, Dr. Paul C. Stumb, Thomas S. Stumb, Dr. William G. Jones (Memphis, TN), M. Houston Sarratt, Robert L. Sarratt, Jerry B. Brock, Dr. Eugene H. Johnson (Johnson City, TN). Honorary Pallbearers: H. John Bremermann (Baltimore, MD), G. William Coble, Robert V. Dale, Gov. Winfield C. Dunn, T. William Estes, James F. Gallivan, James D. Gray (Pacific Palisades, CA), Dr. Keith W. Hagan, George W. Howard (Meredith, NH), Joseph L. May, Robert E. McNeilly, Charles Merrill (Arlington, TX), Richard M. Miller, J. W. Rowland III, Everette C. Sherrill (Winston-Salem, NC), Alden H. Smith, Jr., Dr. Anderson M. Spickard, W. Kendrick Upchurch, Jr. (Montgomery, AL), William J. Wade, Jr., S. Fleming Wilt, D. Mark Wright, George L. Yowell. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220 or Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205.


  • Visitation Friday, May 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 25, 2013

William Lipscomb Davis Jr.

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Susan Berry

May 20, 2014

Was just thinking of each of you, with love and appreciation.

Patsy Radabaugh

December 12, 2013

Dearest Florence, Lip, Adelaide, Gigi and Mrs. Adelaide and all the Davis Family, I am so sad learning of Buzz's passing. I only found out today when I opened your Christmas card. I enjoyed working with Buzz for a number of years at Hillsboro Enterprises and they were all happy years. I was thinking of Buzz just the other day, he was the same age as my husband, Bob. Bob passed away in August of 2000 only two weeks after Mr. Stewart Campbell. May God bless you as you continue your lives here on Earth and until you meet in Heaven where you will never part. Happy 100th to Mrs. Adelaide. Thanks for the Christmas card, I still have all the cards you have sent to me over the past years. Love to all, Patsy Radabaugh

Alicia Morris

December 1, 2013

Mr. Lip at Davis Furniture:
Sorry to read of your father's passing.
We are big fans of Davis Furniture and
actually bought a bedroom suite at auction today. We didn't know him but you have always been very kind to us when we have visited Davis Furniture and it is a sad time when one loses a parent. Once again, sorry for your loss.

May 27, 2013

Dear Florence,
Since my husband, Harold (Bud) Pitt was a roommate of your husband's in rehab and you both were so welcoming, I do want to offer you my prayers and thoughts of peace and love. I am visiting from Connecticut for my grandson's graduation from The University School and my daughter, Mary Anne, showed me Buzz's obituary. Bud died in September 2011. Love, Terry

vicky fournier

May 25, 2013

Mr Davis was a very kind and sweet man I will miss his Christmas cards They were always beautiful vicky fournier (MS Jackson)

Terry Winfree

May 24, 2013

I only had the honor of meeting Mr. Davis one time and that was at the Masters last year when I was so fortunate to be his invited guest.I immediately realized that Mr. Davis was a very caring and compassionate individual who was just as excited for me being at Augusta as I was myself.Thanks to Mr. Davis I was able to realize a lifetime dream while at the same time be in the company of such a fine gentleman.God bless you Mr. Davis.

Candy & Kevin O'Gara

May 23, 2013

Our hearts are heavy! What a gentle and loving man. How blessed we feel to have known him, and enjoyed so many delightful New Year's Eve dinners in Ponte Vedra. God bless the Davis family at this time of great sorrow. Love, Candy & Kevin

May 23, 2013

Thank you for your Friendship and generosity! It was a pleasure taking care of you and your family! Sincerely, Rebecca Panneton

Richard Harding Brown

May 23, 2013

What a saint Buzz Davis was in my eyes. A true leader and friend to so very many. 20 years after my father had retired as Purchasing Agent for Davis Cabinet Co Buzz came to the funeral home to pay his respects to me in the loss of my parents. When I was a youth working summers at Davis he always spoke to me and and in my eyes, he was a President in the truest sense . My deepest sympathy to sweet Florence, Lip and Adelaide on your loss. What a legacy you have to remember this wonderful man who touched many lives. My prayers are with you today and forward

Cathey Butts

May 23, 2013

Buzz was a mighty giant who was loved by all. We will miss his smile and his laughter. God bless you.