Robert Thomas "Bob" Davis Jr.

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GASTONIA - Robert "Bob" Thomas Davis Jr., age 83, passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at his home.

A native of Columbus, Ga., he was a son of the late Robert Thomas Davis and Mary Avant Davis.

Bob had a storied athletic career; All-SEC tackle, All-American tackle, captain of Georgia Tech's football and basketball teams.  He played pro football with the Boston Yanks and was elected to National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame and to the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. 

He served in the U.S. Army, served the city of Columbus as mayor and served eight years on the Columbus City Commission.  His professional career in textiles included tenures as president, vice president, CEO, and director of various mills in the Southeast.
Bob was a member of First United Methodist Church.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.     

He is survived by his loving wife, Helen Stephenson Davis, daughter, Kelli Elizabeth England, sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Leeth Davis Sr. and Sharron Weaver Davis, Louis Winfield Davis and Anne Hartley Davis all of Gastonia, grandchildren; Elizabeth England, Robert "Leeth" Davis Jr., Winfield "Mills" Davis, Sara Ann Davis, and Hartley Elizabeth Davis.  Also surviving Bob are his children and grandchildren by marriage; Margaret and Ray Collins of Winston-Salem and their son, Michael, Gretchen and John Donaldson of Alexandria, Va. and their son, Cameronm and Buddy and Kesha Hobbs of Shelby and their children; Alesha, Lewis and Patrick Hobbs, as well as extended family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Homer Avant Davis.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, Gastonia.  The funeral service will be held at the church at 3 p.m. 

Interment will be in Gaston Memorial Park.

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, 190 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28052 or to Holy Angels, 6600 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, NC 28012.

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Published in Gaston Gazette from June 14 to June 17, 2010