Leland D. Davis

VALENCIA, CALIF. - Leland Delano Davis, age 77, passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia, Calif. He was born May 23, 1935, in Kinston, N.C. A Korean veteran, he served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. After attending college and taking advance acting classes, he was an educator by profession, teaching English and drama. A skilled actor, he was a member of the Screen Actors Guild with credits for his work on stage, television, and as a professional Santa Clause. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is survived by his wife, Linda Davis; son Stephen Davis and wife Nancy; daughter Joelene Knight and husband John; and six grandchildren, all of California; brother Bob Davis and wife Georgia, of Charlotte, N. C.; and sister, Patricia D. Thigpen and husband Clarence, of Deep Run, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bland and Swannie Belle Davis; and son, Brantley Davis. Burial services were held Oct. 25, at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, Calif. Sign the guest book at kinston.com. (Paid obituary)

Published in Free Press from Nov. 7 to Nov. 10, 2012