Esty F. Davis Jr., of Wilmington, died peacefully with his family by his side on April 4, 2015, at the Davis Community in Wilmington. He was 82.
Esty was born on Nov. 5, 1932, in Wilmington, the son of the late Esty F. Davis and Vennie Caroline Davis.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara Long, affectionately known as “Peggy”; brother, James C. Davis and wife, Jane Davis; his loving son, Esty F. Davis III; granddaughters, Brandy Green (Shawn Green) and Sandy Davis (Derrick Bolen); and grandson, Terin Wilson.
Esty loved his family and friends. He was a gracious, generous, approachable and good-hearted person. He gave his time, skills, advice, assistance and money to his extended family, friends and colleagues. In addition, he served his country honorably as a U.S. Army soldier.
Esty was a talented musician, comedian, actor and writer. As a musician, Esty performed with Charlie Daniels, Faron Young and many more. As a comedian and entertainer, he created such beloved characters as Panhandle on the WECT channel six show called, “Six Gun Theatre.”
As an entertainer and writer, Esty loved movies and the motion picture industry. He collaborated with Lance Smith Jr. to write the first screenplay that was filmed entirely in Wilmington called, “The Fix” and had his very own role in the movie “Preacherman.”
One of the most important times in Esty’s life occurred when he met Agostino “Dino” De Laurentiis. Esty’s enthusiasm and belief in the beauty of our area, combined with his amiable personality, led him to approach Mr. De Laurentiis to introduce him to our Wilmington area as seen during the filming of the movie, “The Fix.” His actions were instrumental in showing Mr. De Laurentiis that Wilmington was a perfect location for his new motion picture studio. Esty continued in the film industry by working as lead set dresser for many years and influencing talent in the Wilmington area for many more.
After retiring, Esty wanted to continue to use his ability to entertain people and bring smiles to their faces and was introduced to Billy Lynch who hired him to do just that by becoming “The Magic Man” at Chick-Fil-A. He enjoyed performing and teaching magic tricks to the children there. Esty and Barbara were able to work there together and were affectionately known by the customers and employees as “grandma and The Magic Man.”
Esty F. Davis, Jr., lived a happy and full life and will be greatly missed.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. April 6, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary, Market Street Chapel. All are invited to join us in a celebration of Esty’s life at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Freedom Baptist Church, 802 N. College Road. Immediately following will be a graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
As Esty F. Davis Jr. ascends to Heaven’s gate, we are all better for having known him. He now rests peacefully and comfortably in the hands of his savior.
The family would like to thank the Davis Community and hospice care for the wonderful care that they provided to Esty and his family.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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