Lewis Caldwell Davis

Lewis Caldwell


Lewis Caldwell Davis passed away on February 15, 2013 in Newark, DE.

Resident of Wilmington, DE; Cochranville, PA; Charleston, WV; New York, NY; Harbour Island, Bahamas; Greenbrier Hotel, WSS, WV; Coral Beach Club, Bermuda and......

Born in Charleston, WV - always ready to join in - Caldwell arrived a few weeks early. He attended Miss Dick's preschool, where he was noted for his social skills; Holz Elementary; and John Adams Jr. High, where as a member of the tennis team, he got to be a ballboy at US Open at Forest Hills. He graduated from St. Paul's School, Concord, NH in the Form of 1974. There he was captain of the Squash Team and Form Treasurer. He graduated from University of Virginia, 1978 where he was the President of Sigma Phi fraternity and a member of Eli Banana and of the Friday Club. After college he completed the Chemical Bank Training program, and was a loan officer and a member of the Chemical Bank squash team. He was co-creator and president of Hat Hat Hooray, a novelty hat company. He ventured into the world of stand-up comedy, which he has continued informally to the joy and laughter of his friends and family who he lovingly roasted at their weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. Among other activities he was the president of Cosmos Club of Charleston, WV.

Caldwell continued careers in New York, Charleston and Wilmington in banking and marketing.

After his presidency at BIDCO in Charleston, WV in recognition of his contribution to that city, the mayor proclaimed July 29, 1997 L. Caldwell Davis Day: "where as Lewis Caldwell Davis is not only known for his hard work and achievements but also his extraordinary wardrobe and inspirational power ties."

Caldwell's life long passion was his family and friends. He never missed a reunion or a gathering of either group. His involvement assured the attendance of others.

He is survived by his daughters, Paget Tilden Davis, Warren Caldwell Davis, and Baird Brittingham Davis, and their mother, Paget Brittingham of Wilmington, DE; his long-time partner, Elizabeth Cromwell Secor and her son, Jay Campbell of Cochranville,PA; his brother, James Hornor Davis IV and his wife, Frederica Miller Davis of Charleston, WV and Aiken, SC; his nieces Frederica Morgan Davis of San Francisco, CA and Faith Maxwell Davis of Boulder, CO and his uncle, William Maxwell Davis of Charleston, WV.

Caldwell was predeceased by his parents, James Hornor Davis III and Ouida Caldwell Davis and his much-loved grandparents: James Hornor Davis II and Eolyne Graham Davis; and Emma Akers Shaffer and Baxter Nathaniel Shaffer.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 1 PM at the Vicmead Hunt Club, Wilmington, DE. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the "Good Kids Campaign" at the Kennett YMCA, 101 Race Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or to a .

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2013