Tom Davis passed away on February 26, 2018, at home with his family by his side.
Tom was born in Sumter, SC, 1941, to the late Thomas Essly and Martha Neal Ingram Davis.
Tom suffered a massive stroke on June 30, 2007, and was not supposed to live through the night. He was not supposed to live the next day, month, year, etc. He was one tough, strong man. He defied the odds with the same wit and sense of humor he had before his stroke. He didn't complain and loved life, even in his altered physical and mental state. You were lucky if you were able to be around him. God is good.
He is survived by his partner/wife of 33 years, Cindy Abbott Davis, whom he married despite her being a Clemson girl; daughters Elizabeth Davis Stephens (Steve) of Greensboro, NC; Courtney Davis Hallett (Andy) of Columbia, SC; and son Brian Hucks (Michelle) serving in USAF; and 6 grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Dottie Davis Myers, Sara Merritt, Martha Railey (Larry) and several nieces and nephews. We cannot leave out his 2 precious pups, Maggie May and Murphy. Murphy, all of 4 lbs, was his constant guardian and protector during his last days. Maggie May would support from the sidelines in the recliner.
He attended Dentsville High School where he was big man on campus and played all sports and continued to get his Bachelors in History at USC, Columbia. He was a lifeguard at Sequi State Park during high school and college. One of his fondest memories happened in his freshman year at USC while in Navy ROTC and was able to fly to Pensacola, FL and fly a T-34 Mentor, which started his love of flying.
He loved flying planes (real ones, models, and computer animated). He was an avid hunter and fisherman, although in later years he went on these trips without guns or fishing poles and boat which perplexed his wife. He simply stated he was too smart to get up that early to sit in the cold outside to hunt and fish, although he stocked all other needed provisions to take for a successful trip with the guys. He was a perfectionist wood worker and could carve, build furniture, and refinish antiques. He was a great cook and pretended to like his wife's cooking to keep the peace. Few knew he was a talented artist. He played golf when he could. There was a time at Edisto Beach a 9 iron ended up in a palm tree and didn't come down, but that's another story. There really wasn't much the man couldn't accomplish, except getting that 9 iron out of the tree.
A huge thank you goes out to Amedisys Hospice, being impossible to name all workers individually. Appreciated more than you will ever know.
A private ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or a charity of your choice. You may sign the online register book at www.BurroughFuneral, Murrells Inlet, SC.
Tom, you will be missed. Go rest high on that mountain.
Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet, SC (843-651-1440) is assisting the family.
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Tom will never have to face the last enemy death , ever again. In the meantime, his acts of faith live on until he stands up alive and whole in the Paradise. Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces."
Submitted by Heather on Mar 1 2018 01:43:37 PM
We are thinking of you all during this difficult time. Prayers for you all.
Submitted by Bucky and Janie Elrod on Mar 1 2018 09:22:16 AM
Sending heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth, Steve and the entire Davis family. Your father sounded like a great man. I know you’ll cherish all the fun, interesting memories of him.
Love and hugs....always.
Submitted by Amy Froneberger on Feb 28 2018 02:28:34 PM
Tommy, you will be missed. Knowing you was an honor, and my thoughts and wishes go out to your loved ones.
Mike Baker, Dentsville High Class of 61
Submitted by Mike Baker on Feb 28 2018 10:14:27 AM
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